The communications in regard to fire-escapes in our yesterday's issue, brings to the fore a well-worn subject, but one which cannot be dropped until remedied. We have repeatedly called the attention of the faculty to the large loss of life which must necessarily ensue in case of a fire in any of the dormitories. There is no possible means of egress except by the stairs, and if escape in that direction should be cut off, one would be compelled to sit down and calculate how many minutes were to elapse before the flames reached the upper story. Perhaps after one dormitory is a smoking mass of ruins, the faculty, like the man who padlocked the stable door after his horse was stolen, will place fire-escapes on the remaining college buildings. There is no reason to suppose there will never be a fire here because the past has been free from them. The carelessness of students who are accustomed to the use of tobacco is proverbial and some day may have serious results. The cost of fire-escapes is small and their introduction would doubtless allay the fears of many who are so unfortunate as to dwell in the upper stories.
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May 06, 2017