The Northwestern Forest Fires.

The Northwestern Forest Fires.

If the recent rains have served no other purpose, they have extinguished the forest fires which have raged more or less severely in various localities. One of the most serious of these occurred recently in the vicinity of Moose Lake, Hinckley, Barnum and other points along the St. Paul and Duluth and Minnesota Eastern road. Disastrous fires also have occurred about Ely and in the vicinity of Ashland. Continued dry weather is always to be feared, because a good, healthy forest fire will do more damage in a week than can be caused by years of successful business in the lumber trade. So the timber-owners ought to be thankful for the late rains, even though they may not have been heavy enough to have swollen the streams, and did little more than to extinguish the fires and save the crops from irreparable damage. If the men who are putting in their time bewailing the destruction of the forests which is going on at the hands of the lumbermen, will lend their energies towards devising some way to prevent forest fires, and stay them before they are well under way, they will do more to preserve the forests than any amount of restrictive legislation is likely to accomplish.—Mississippi Valley Lumberman.

—The Maine Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company has received permission to put up its apparatus in Portland, subject to municipal control.

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