Clipped From Evening Sentinel
THE POWDER WORKS. The explosions at the Powder Workg without loss of life is a matter for congratulation:. Destroyed property can be replaced, but a human life never. Although there i3 an ever-present danger in working where powder is in process of manufacture, the kss of life and damage to property at the California Powder Works, located near this city, have been comparatively small. This is due t the extreme precaution exercised in every branch. So well arranged is the plant that several buildings might be destroyed without the fire communicating with other structures. The planting of trees between buildings has considerably lessened the danger of fire quickly spreading. Tne distances between buildings is also an important factor in the prevention of j ma-great loss. So admirably arranged is ! the place that the less of one or two l,nil,lin- Ann not nrevent. n ressntinn ' of work. The damage caused by the recent ex- plosion, although the greatest in the ; pa-history of the work.-, proved that the j foresight of Col. B. Peyton and W. C. j exter-Peyton in providing for all accidents ; that might occur hy the duplication of , mnrdinorr let nf imniMiw jwlvn.ntr.P-o I Seven buildings were destroyed and much machinery greatly damaged, yet in less than a week the manufacture of powder can be resumed. Had all of the mills been closer together, and without the protection of trees, the entire plant would have ben in ruins.