Jan 1891 article regarding Danbury "fire bug" - Putnam County Courier

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The Danbury Firebug.
The "fire bug" of Danbury has been seen. The Danbury News says he is a tall, slimly built fellow and wears a long heavy ulster.
He made another attempt to start a fire on Monday night and though watched for half hour in the bright moonlight he escaped.
He walked boldly into the yard of James A. Manion's residence, No. 60 Grand street, right under the eyes of the neighbors, went up to the piazza of the house, poured oil about and then tried to set it a fire. The two matches he lighted went out, and before he had time to light another he took alarm and ran away.
It is a startling story but it is upon a par with many of the other doings of this fiend, who has defied detection for two years now, and he appears to stop at no risk.
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1891-01-23

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Fultonhistory.org

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The Danbury Firebug

The "fire bug" of Danbury has been seen. The Danbury News says he is a tall, slimly built fellow and wears a long heavy ulster.

He made another attempt to start a fir on Monday night and though watched a half hour in the bright moonlight he escaped.

He walked boldly into the yard of James A. Manion's residence. No. 60 Grand street, right under the eyes of the neighbors, went up to the piazza of the house, poured oil about and then tried to set it a fire. The two matches he lighted went out, and before he had time to light another he took alarm and ran away.

It is a startling story but it is upon a par with many of the other doings of this fiend, who has defied detection for two years now, and he appears to stop at no risk.

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Courier, Unknown reporter for the Putnam County. “Jan 1891 article regarding Danbury "fire bug" - Putnam County Courier.” WCSU Archives, 16 June 2017. Accessed on the Web: 20 May 2019.

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