Issue 23 and Volume 1895 18.

THE NEW YORK FIREBUGS What was at first a mere suspicion, namely, that incendiarism was at the bottom of the destructive Bleecker street and Broadway fire on Election night, Chief Lally and others in the fire department seem now to regard as a certainty. Their theory is grounded on the rapid growth of the fire which started in the Empire Bank and was scarcely noticed in the basement before it was observed in the upper stories. The absence of smoke in the beginning and the fierce and rapid combustion pointed likewise in the same direction and tended to establish a similarity between the fire in question and that in Walker street for which Gordon is now on trial. Chief Bonner and Fire Marshal Hollister appear to entertain the same impression and, after examining every one of the tenants, are said to have had one man under surveillance, who, it is…

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