Campaign Against Forest Fires

Issue 14 and Volume 65.

Campaign Against Forest Fires Colonel Coert Du Bois, who has resumed his duties as district forester, San Francisco, Cal., after a year in France with the engineers, is planning a relentless campaign this season against those who are responsible for forest fires. He declares the forest service will make it as unhealthy to violate the forest fire and other laws as it is to tamper with the mails. At the second annual conference of specially selected forest rangers who will trail the firebug this summer a week was devoted to studying trailing, evidence, interviewing suspects, and detective methods, as well as legal procedure, under Chief August Volmer, of the Berkeley police department, Detective Frank McC Connell of San Francisco, Dr. Albert Schneider, expert criminal microscopist, and others. More than 100 convictions were secured last year, while the number of man-caused fires was reduced by 50 per cent, and the damage…

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