National Geographic : 1920 Jul
Donit let your Big Idea"burn up ! CUNNINGHAM Post Graduate Hospital was gone. As a member of the Board of Trustees I knew every detail of that hospital fire. The building had burned to the ground. Everything had been lost-but no lives! But from the night of the fire Mrs. Cunningham had been a different woman. She had become almost a recluse. "You-you didn't lose anything valuable in the fire, Mrs. Cunningham?" I asked. "Oh, nothing of value in dollars and cents!" she said. "But the hospital was more than a'hobby' of mine. My husband and I built it together. It was our gift to humanity. Together we worked over the plans. When it burned it almost seemed as if a part of my very life had burned!" "The temporary loss to the community has been great. It will be another year before the new building will be completed. But my husband is not here to help with the plans; one of our dear est, mcst cherished undertakings is gone. As for myself-I feel that a tangible link with my dead husband was swept away in that fire. That is what the building meant to me-that is what I lost!" Then I saw the great fundamental truth be hind it. Every philanthropic institution is the "Big Idea" of some one-a once-in-a -lifetime idea, a big hearted idea, a loving idea made real. Its destruction is a terrible loss to the benefactor. Automatic Sprinklers should be installed in all mem orial buildings-hospitals, churches, public halls, asylums -for fire in such buildings is always an inestimable loss. Grinnell Automatic Sprinklers will guard the building you love, serve and have given in loving memory of a beloved person. Day and night they stand watch. With Grinnell Automatic Sprinklers your big idea cannot burn for "when the fire starts, the water starts. Write and ask us for information. Don't let go your cherished dream! Read-"Fire Tragedies and Their Remedy" This instructive booklet will wake you up to the penalty paid by those who have neglected to provide adequate fire protection. A penny for a postal is a small price to pay for human lives. Write for it now. Address the Grinnell Company Inc., 293 West Exchange Street, Providence, R. I . GRINNELL COMPANY EXECUTIVE OFFICES: 0~o 5 g PROVIDENCE, R. I. Complete Engineering and Construction Service on Automatic Sprinklers. Industrial Piping, Heating and Power Equipments. Fittings, Pipe, Valves. GRINNELL AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM- When the fire starts, the water starts. "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"