THE NEED OF THE HOUR.
The cause of better factory construction has been taken up in Cincinnati since the late terrible fires, and in the present state of public feeling it seems as if the ” slow-burning ” modes of building which are so rapidly coming into use in the East might find speedy and intelligent acceptance there. The American Architect commends the mill-owners of that city to the benevolent attention of Edward Atkinson and his colleagues, and promise such assistance as its own modest efforts can give. One sensible writer in the Cincinnati Commercial, after saying, what is undoubtedly true, that no fire has occurred there for a year which could not have been prevented by simple and perfectly available means, warns his readers that no insurance can make good the loss to a manufacturer by a destructive fire, which independent of the mere loss of goods, buildings, and machinery, costs him the trade which will be taken from him and retained by his rivals while he is engaged in preparations for resuming business, besides the actual interruption of his profitable industry ; and calls upon them for their own interest, if not out of regard for their poor employees, who, even if they were always certain of escaping without bodily injuries from fires, cannot insure themselves or their dependent families against the distress caused by the sudden loss of tools and employment, to take measures for diminishing the peril which daily menaces the manufacturing interests of Cincinnati. It is to be hoped that this warning will attract attention, and that at least the criminal care lessness which led to the last great conflagration will not be suffered again.