Recent Curiosities in Incendiarism.

Issue 5 and Volume 8.

Recent Curiosities in Incendiarism. Another curious crime, a case of arson, reported Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pa. The point hinges upon the ruin of active rivals in the same business who had neglected to protect their property interests by insurance. Frank Baer, a miller who had succeeded to the business established by his father, William Baer, after the latter’s retirement, was ambitious to control the entire trade which for many miles around had been divided between the Baer flouring mills, the Chambers mills at Latrobe, and the Brinker & Rumbaugh mills at Greensburg. The Chambers, one of the oldest mills west of the Alleghenies, was an especially troublesome competitor, and Baer conceived the idea of destroying both establishments. Accordingly, they were burned by a hired accomplice, William Richardson, of Pittsburgh, and two assistants. This occurred more than a year ago, and as the loss in both cases was very heavy, and…

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