THE FIRE ESCAPES AT THE GRAND AND WATSON'S HOTELS.
TO THK EDITOR.
Sir,—At the licensing meeting yesterday the chairman is reported to have said that the police stated that there is no fire escape at the Grand Hotel. The police have evidently made a carious mistake, for it is a matter of public notoriety that the Grand Hotel is provided with the beßt, simplest, and safest fire escape attached to any building, public or private, in the Anstralasian colonies, which cost about L3OO to erect. The arrangement is an exterior baloony at the rear of the projecting from each floor, on to which every corridor in the building opens. Each of these balconies is tapped by an exterior circular iron staircase leading to the courtyard, tho effect being that there are practically two back doors from each floor, and that the top floor is as safe as the ground one. The charm of the thing ia its simplicity, the youngest children of guests going from top to bottom without any fear. The other day I found my three-year-old daughter had made the descent alone from the top floor to the courtyard. I got the idea whilst staying in Chicago a few years ago. Iu that city I noticed that many large buildings erected after the great fire wero provided with light flying iron ladders, or stairs passing the windows on each floor and reaching nearly to the ground. One side of the ladder waß constructed of 2in or Sin iron tubing, which branehed off at each floor to allow the fire hose to be connected to them. The bottom end was made to receive the hoso oouplings of the fire brigades, and thus a connection is made with every floor in a moment, and, in addition to being an escape, the firemen can roach any portion of the building immediately. Pardon the slight digression, but as we are beginning to erect lofty buildings tho information might be interesting. The same escape serves Watson's Hotel.—l am, etc., James Wathon. Danedin, June 6.
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