THEATRE FIRE PRECAUTIONS.
The American consul at Freiburg, Baden, reports that the police authorities of Berlin have ordered these rules for the guidance of the public in case of fire, to be displayed in illuminated letters between the acts on the drop curtains: “(1) Leave the theatre quietly; (2) Proceed to the nearest exit; (3) Do not scream and do not push; (4) Do not stop at the cloak room as you go out; (5) Do not stand about near the exits; (6) Obey all the orders of the theatre attendants.” Among the precautions taken at Freiburg since the terrible Iriquois theatre disaster at Chicago, says the consul, are the following: An extra corps of firemen and police is stationed at various parts of the opera house during each performance, the public is requested to make itself familiar with all exits, and the large iron curtain is lowered during each long pause, so that those in the audience may see for themselves that the main curtain is in proper working condition.
Superintendent Holloway, of Warren, Ohio, says in his report: Last year’s business in the waterworks department shows a shortage of S6.46_-.30, the reasons for which are, not enough meters, meter rates too low, shortage of pure water and operating expenses too high. The meter rates can be adjusted by the board but the balance is up to council to provide for. In regard to water for fire service there are several industrial plants in the city that have no water protection and money should be provided for extensions to water mains for both fire and domestic sen ice.