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Eighteenth Annual Report of the Fire Department, for the Year Ending December 31, 1890

Excerpt from Eighteenth Annual Report of the Fire Department, for the Year Ending December 31, 1890 The present plan of running the wires of various electrical systems through our_ streets is one of the most formidable of the problems with which the department has to contend, and its complications are constantly increasing. While these sys tems have become institutions that we cannot spare, a further regulation of them is required in order to secure the greatest good of the greatest number. Electric wires are not only active agents in causing fires, but they also frequently em barrass the efforts of the department to extinguish them. Some of these lines are so thickly run in front of buildings as to render it almost impossible to raise ladders for ventila tion, carrying up hose, or saving life. In a number of cases these lines were established before the buildings were erected, and the resultant relations are unfortunate. It might be a proper question of public policy to inquire Whether in many such instances the wires might not be carried over the build ings, instead of alongside, until such time as the city shall get ready to order the Wires underground. The creation of the new bureau for the inspection of wires and the appoint ment of an efficient head will probably greatly improve the present conditions; but it is doubtful whether the Inspector has yet sufficient authority to make as thorough a regulation as the situation demands. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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