Death Rates of the World’s Largest Cities.
Following are the vital statistics for a number of the principal cities of the world, compiled to December, 1890:
INCENDIARISM IN Denmark.—During the past year a commission has been at work in various parts of Denmark respecting suspicious fires and its investigations have resulted in quite appalling discoveries. In all parts of the country cases of arson have come to light, some dating back many years, and over a hundred persons are now awaiting their trial for this offense. According to The Insurance Post it appears from the evidence that the Danish peasant or his wife thinks no
more of setting fire to his dwelling or stock “ when times are bad ” than of eating his dinner. In one case a man set fire to his farm because “ he wanted to get the insurance money to emigrate to America.” Moreover, it seems that the Danish peasants exercise the greatest cunning in selecting the time for his work. Thus, in thunderstorms the number of fires is curiously great, as, of course, lightning gets the blame.