Issue 26 and Volume 21.

GREATER NEW YORK FIRE GOSSIP Blum, the alleged incendiary must be tried again, the jury, which stood eleven to one for conviction,having disagreed. The recalcitrant juryman objected to accepting as truth the evidence of the convicted incendiaries who gave evidence against the accused man. Most properly the judge censured the jury for the miscarriage of justice in this case. It is only the conviction of these firebugs and their speedy punishment which can keep down incendiarism in this city. It gained great headway up to 1895, owing to the supineness and inactivity of the fire marshal’s office; but since the prosecution and conviction of so many of the gang, the occupation of fire raising has become too risky for the generality to follow, Hence the fact that the fire losses in the city during the past year have been so light as to warrant a reduction in fire insurance rates.…

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