DENVER’S FIREBUGS CONVICTED.

DENVER’S FIREBUGS CONVICTED.

In February last the property of Herrman Zalinsky, on Seventeenth street, Denver, Col., was burned. It was one of a series of incendiary fires that had taken place in the city during the last eighteen months. The leaders in these acts of arson were Herrman Zalinsky, Simon Stulsaft, or Schulnian, and others, whose headquarters were at Colfax, a suburb of Denver. In the Zalinsky arson case, Zalinsky himself, Israel Kortz, Herrman Kortz, Harry Kortz, Herrman Wagoner, and Theo. Sack were all implicated and arrested and indicted. The last two are yet to be tried ; the others have recently been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud insurance companies. Schulman, or Stulsaft was the projector of the whole scheme. He is a professional incendiary, and has operated successfully at Cincinnati, at Madison, Wis., and elsewhere. As soon as he came to Denver he began work by setting fire to his own property, insured in the Southern Insurance Company, of New Orleans. After a vigorous fight with the adjuster of the company he succeeded in collecting nearly $300. His fire was followed some time afterwards by that of Herrman Kortz, in whose case the fine hand of Schulman also appeared, and Kortz collected from the Minnesota Fite Insurance Company the sum of $450. Then followed Wagoner’s fire and various other fires successively in which insurances were collected. The last fire was that of Herrman Zalinsky, who carried a policy of $1,500 upon his stock of jewelry in the American, of Boston. Meanwhile evidence against Schulman and the the rest was being gradually collected, and at the April term of the district court the gang was indicted. Several other cases in which indictments were returned for the burning of various other properties will be tried in their turn, and’ after the conviction in this case it is believed that the convictions in the remaining cases will be secured without doubt. Two days before the original indictments were returned Schulman got wind of the fact that the insurance companies were upon his track and disappeared from tht city. He located in Los Angeles, and the attorney for the insurance companies succeeded in getting an appropriation from the county commissioners to have him arrested and returned. Upon his return Schulman made a clean breast of the whole matter, and gave a detailed account of all the various fires. The defence in the case just ended made a hard fight against the testimony of the prosecution, and with all of the facilities for the manufacture of evidence characteristic of the class to which they belong they endeavored to break down Schulman’s testimony and to prove not only that they had no connection with him, but to prove an alibi for the various parties indicted. Schulman’s testimony, however, was too well supported by the evidence which had been gathered from other sources, and the endeavors of the defence proved futile. It is believed that the examples set in these cases will prove a deterrent against the perpetration of frauds of this kind at Denver for a long time to come.

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