EAST HARTFORD FIRE BUGS.
The Hartford Courant of a recent date contains a ‘pointed article on the fear of desperadoes. It says: “East Hartford fire-bugs have run riot at times because convicting evidence could not be obtained. The guilty persons were known, but men were afraid to implicate them, lest by some agency their own houses or barns might be destroyed. The court records are full of cases which have been embarrassed by the unwillingness of witnesses to appearand make conviction certain, and the police authorities can unfold innumerable experiences where their operations in the discovery of crime have been foiled by the timidity of good law-abiding citizens, whose fears have got the better of their judgment. The case of house and barn burning and cattle poisoning in Windsor, where Mr. O. B. Moore habeen a repeated victim, is another of the surprising instances of neglect to do a righteous service in behalf of law and the public peace. Here is a citizen whose barns have been burned, crops destroyed, stoA killed, and yet, while these outrages have been going on for two years or more, nothing has-been done toward the apprehension of the guilty parties proceeding to a certain point where abandonment became necessary by reason of cowardice. Society cannot afford to make these disgraceful surrenders to dangerous men who will invariably take encouragement of the fears they excite, and go on to worse deeds of violence^ Every consideration of public safety and economy ought to force a community thus pestered by wicked men, to proceed promptly, diligently, fearlessly to the as sertion of the power of the law and the punishment of offenders. The united action of good men will secure the triumph of law in all cases; and when a community thus rises to a dignity that every interest belonging to it requires, and the guilty are brought to justice, the policy of fear will seem to be very weak and foolish, and sensible men will wonder that they ever allowed themselves to be controlled by it.”
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