Now that those plank-walks have been laid, there is one other thing that seems to demand immediate attention. Where so many persons sleep in a single building, as is the case here at college, too great precautions cannot be taken that an easy means of escape be provided in case of fire. We are glad to see that fire-escapes have recently been placed upon Holyoke, and it certainly would not be amiss to place them upon all the college dormitories.
But College House seems to be especially exposed to fire, and the arrangement of the entries is such that, should a fire once be started, a very powerful draught would be created, which would carry the fire throughout the whole building in a very short time, cutting off all escape by the stairways.
Fire-escapes placed at each end of the building would afford a ready exit in case of fire, and are, we think, an imperative necessity.