Fire Started to Destroy Crickets
Firemen of Utica, N. Y., were recently called to start fires when a horde of English crickets descended on the western part of the city. Indian fire pumps were used to spray gasoline and kerosine on the dumping grounds and hay fields, and the sprayed land was then burned over.
Health authorities and fumigation experts could not cope with the problem and Chief Joseph N. Sullivan was called. He finally decided to start the fires to destroy the breeding places of insects which entered homes and ate furnishings, clothing and food.