WATER SPREADING FIRE.
An amusing instance of ignorance of the properties of carbide of calcium occurred recently on a quay at Algiers. Five tons of carbide had been placed near a quantity of inflammable material, which suddenly caught fire. The firemen, instead of removing the boxes of carbide with hooks, smashed them, and then turned water upon the contents. The result was a great development of acetylene gas and a destructive fire which might have been prevented^ by a little practical knowledge of chemistry.—Youth’s Companion.