TO BOYCOTT FIRETRAP HOTELS.
Western traveling men have started a movement to secure safer hotels. Members of the Illinois Commercial Men’s association have agreed to constitute themselves a body of fire inspectors, with roving commissions, to see that fire regulations are observed in all hotels in which they stop, and to “kick,” when dangerous conditions are discovered. The burning of the West hotel in Minneapolis, where eight persons (six of them drummers) perished, originated the movement. It was a building of the slow-burning type; but burned too quickly to suit the traveling men, who have now promised their patronage to proprietors of the steel and fireproof tile type of hotel. Already the campaign has won its converts, and individually the travelers will boycott hotels that do not provide protection. In view of the fact that traveling men form the largest element in hotel prosperity, it is not unlikely that their campaign will lie the beginning of an era of fireproof building. such as no other agency has been able to bring about.