The Moving-Picture Show.
Senator McCall in the senate and Assemblyman Patrick J. McGrath have introduced a hill into the upper and lower houses of the New York State legislature, which, if it passes, will at least reduce to a minimum the danger of moving-picture machines. It provides that all moving picture theatres in cities of the first class must have a permit from the head of the fire department; it provides for an inspector to see that machinery, scenery, furnishings and effects are inclosed in fireproof booths; that there is protection in case of fire and sufficient exits; and that the operator is over twenty-one and competent. Heretofore, licenses have been issued on the approval of either the fire or the building department, and licenses have been secured by compliances with the requirements of either alone. The fire department has power to have such shows closed up, if it is shown that there is a danger of fire or panic arising from the exhibition. The board of health, also, upon a single complaint from either the fire or the building department has power to close any such show.
J. II. Harding, for ten years chief of the Jackson. Ohio, fire department, was instantly killed while answering a fire-call. Ife was jolted from a wagon by a sudden start of the horse and was mangled by the animal’s hoof.