They Would Not Make an Award.
The prize offered by the London Society of Arts for the best invention having for its object the prevention or extinction of fires in theatres has not been awarded. There were eighteen competitors, but the committee charged with the duty of adjudication were not satisfied that any of the devices submitted to it were of sufficient novelty, importance and value to render the award of the gold medal or £20 desirable. The committee seemed to think that those which were good were not new, or specially applicable to theztres, and that those which were new were not good enough to deserve the prize. The council is now’ recommended to abandon the idea of encouraging inventive genius to turn its attention to the fire protection of theatres by means of the medal or twenty [rounds. It is difficult to see what there is in a theatre to call for any special device in the fire extinguishing way. What is wanted most is a very liberal application ot hydrants on high pressure mains, and handpumps and buckets. To a building the walls of which chiefly consist of exits, there is very little opening for special ingenuity in such requirements as these.