Issue 2 and Volume 53.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING THE EPIDEMIC OF ARSON IN NEW YORK CITY That the crime of arson has been carried on in a systematic manner in this city for many years has often been asserted in the columns of this magazine. The truthfulness of the statement is proved by the many convictions and long sentences that have been meted out in years gone by. There is really nothing new in the existence of this class of crime that requires lengthy dissertations at this time. The fire and police departments and the underwriters have long been cognizant of the existence of professional firebugs. It has, however, remained for Fire Commissioner Joseph Johnson to show by irrefragable evidence the motive back of the commission of the crime of arson and the unintentional aid the insurance companies are giving it. His exhibit on Chambers street is entertaining as well as convincing to the…

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