Issue 9 and Volume 19.

NOTES FROM MASSACHUSETTS. [Specially written for FIRS AND WATER.] At Worcester, the jury in the superior criminal court found Benjamin F. Townsend guilty of burning the barn of George P. Calhoun, at Rutland, November 25. Calhoun lost his life while attempting to rescue his cattle.-At Leominster, the Reed Toy Company’s factory has been gutted. The fire broke out during the great gale of February 6, in the main building- quite a new portion of the factory. The destruction of the whole factory speedily followed, notwithstanding the efforts of the whole fire department, which, however, was successful in saving the adjacent Wachussett Shirt factory, laundry, and other buildings. The aggregate loss was $70,000; fully insured.-At Pittsfield the plant of the Brimmer-Sprague Company has been completely destroyed by fire. The two builddings were of frame. About 125 persons will be thrown out of employment. Loss $40,000, fully insured.-According to the eighth report…

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