National Geographic : 1919 Dec
As head of the State Charities Board, Mrs. Livingston brought about reforms that every one declared, before she was appointed were visionary. THE STATE ARCHITECT COL. Weve got to f "I won't have girls locked up in that old fire trap at Harrisonville!" she stormed. "Why, it isn't a fire trap. It's a modern brick building with iron stairways inside," was the all-sufficient answer. "We are rather proud of our state reformatory for girls." But that didn't fool Mrs. Livingston. She knew that the building in one short hour could be a heap of brick and smoldering timbers, and that only automatic sprinklers could safeguard girls behind its barred windows and locked doors. Today that reformatory has a sprinkler system that is on watch day and night, ready to start working as soon as a fire starts. The fire danger is gone and the girls are safe just because one woman knew the facts and had the humanity to insist on their adoption. How many officials are fooled by fire protection methods that look all right but are not really safe. The reformatory or the hospital or the school house may be made of stone, it may have doors opening outward and iron stairways, but the WARING DR. ELTING, PH. D. MRS. LIVINGSTON CHAIRMAN OF BOARD ace conditions contents will burn up like fuel in a furnace and some inmates perish before help can reach them. If you are the Mayor of your town you owe it to your fellow citizens to see that such build ings have automatic sprinklers. If you are the chief of the fire department come out flatfootedly and demand sprinklers, since you know they are the most adequate thing. If you are merely a father or mother see to it that your child and your neighbor's child are safe from harm during the six hours daily they spend away from you, by demand ing automatic sprinklers in your schools. Some five billion dollars of business property has been protected from fire by automatic sprinklers. Meanwhile our wonderful humanitarian institutions and our fine schools' continue to bum and the toll of victims grows larger each month. With a one cent post card you might save lives. Who knows? Should you hesitate to send for a free booklet that tells what to do? GRINNELL AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM When the fire starts the water starts Read-"Fire Tragedies and Their Remedy" If you feel too indifferent to send for a free booklet telling what to do, what right have you to blame others when a horrible calamity occurs in your town? Think of your schools, hospitals and asylums and write today, now, for this intensely interesting booklet. Address General Fire Extinguisher Company, 293West Exchange St., Providence, R. I. "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"