Incendiaries of a Lower Order
Human firebugs are bad enough, and when caught can be adequately punished. It is different, however, when the factors in fire raising are of a lower order in creation. Thus what can be done in the case of a moth like that one of Tarascon, France, which, after invading a cafe and fitting about at random round the lights, managed to set its wings afire, and in its terror flew to a curtain, which it ignited. The resultant flames made such rapid headway that the whole interior of the cafe was burned out, and there were some narrow escapes among the guests as they rushed out panic-striken. Or what shall be said of an Irish pig, which, after the manner of its kind m Hallina and other parts of the Green Isle, had the run of the cabin, and in the course of its moving around upset a jar of kerosene oil? The children of the family, in the absence of their parents, knowing by experience that they and not the rent-payer would be blamed for the accident, made all the haste they could to wipe up the spilled oil, and in the endeavor set lire to their clothing. They were burned to death, and an old woman who tried to rescue them was seriously injured. The pig also prematurely became roast pork.