TWO OBJECT LESSONS.
Two fires on the same day happening in the city of New York—one in a so-called “fireproof” building, were allowed to work the destruction they caused, owing to the impossibility of feeding enough water to the engines to enable the firemen to do their work properly. One of the most serious was at Green point, in the borough of Brooklyn, where, if it had not been for Newtown creek and the good work done by the fireboats, a much larger section of the district must have been laid waste. Chief Dale said that the water supply was insufficient; the mains were too small and not properly fed. The same difficulty was experienced in the case of the afternoon fire on Park avenue and One Hudred and Sixteenth street, where the pressure, as is always the case up there, was too weak to do what was required of it. Two object lessons added to the many already afforded the citizens of New York and their rulers as to the crying necessity for an additional water supply! Will they pass by us unheeded us those which have gone before?