Science: Fireproof Wood

Builders, property owners, shippers and insurance men last week added up the nation's fire loss for 1935, found that conflagrations had cost $245,000,000 and swallowed up some 10,000 human lives. They could reflect sadly that wood is still the commonest building material. But on the good side of the ledger was a report from the National Board of Fire Underwriters containing well-documented assurance that there is such a thing as fireproof wood.

The wood tested, processed by a New Jersey manufacturer, was red oak and maple impregnated thoroughly and uniformly in pressure tanks with...

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