To Prevent Forest Fires in New York.
Commissioner James S. Whipple, of the State forest, fish and game department, says that a bill is being prepared at Albany, N. Y., prohibiting the use of coal-burning locomotives on railroads running through State forest lands. The public service commission, second district, is at present investigating the subject, with a view to bringing about a change of fuel from coal to oil. A bill is also being drafted providing for a fire-patrol system in the Adirondacks. The bill will provide for stations on some of the higher points which are remote from villages. These stations will be connected by telephone.
Kerosene and matches, being an inflammable combination, caused a fire that gutted the 3story trame 1 avern block at Leominster, Mass., and caused a $10,000 loss, which would have been greater but for the good work of the fire department.