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ALARMING FIRE AT A PENITENTIARY.

THE GREAT FIRES ON TEE YORK-…

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THE GREAT FIRES ON TEE YORK- SRlBE WOLDS. It will be remembered that during last winter a succession of great incendiary fires took place on the Yorkshire Wolds, by which a vast amount of property was destroyed, and the whole district placed in a state of the utmost alarm. Since the commencement of harvest, certain suspiciously regarded fires have this year taken place, and it is the opinion of the police that the end of the stack-burning mania has not yet arrived. For the Wold fires of last winter two men, named John Sherwood (" Snaffling Jack ") and Henry Streets ("Sweep Harry") were convicted at the York Assizes, and are now undergoing penal punishment. Another man, named George Stother, (alais Lurcher Slenderman), was arrested in March last, but the case was not proved satisfactorily to the Driffield Bench, who discharged the prisoner, after a twenty days' remand, to appear when called upon. Of this man nothing has been heard till Thursday last, when he was arrested at Eiliington, near Malton, where he had threatened to set all the Wolds on fire again. On Saturday George Stother was taken before the Malton bench, charged with being a rogue and a vagabond, and also with a breach of the peace. The evidence of Police-constable Tripp was to the effect that on Thursday night he found the prisoner riotous and drunk at the inn at Rillington. He asked the land- lord to be allowed to sleep, but he replied he could not let him do so. Prisoner then,said the landlord, Mr. Thomas, did not care what became of him, and got excited, and commenced talking about the Wolds, and what an illumination there would be this" back-end" (autumn). It should be worse, he said, than last winter. Prisoner asked Mr. Thomas if he was insured, and told him not to be surprised if his place was all in flames before morning. The constable watched the man. and afterwards suddenly lost sight of him, but found him about three o'clock lying in a stable belong- ing to a Mr. Dale, of Eiliington. He was then taken into custody, and seemed fresh, but not really drunk. He struggled, hard before the handcuffs could be got on, and was so violent that his legs had to be tied and his hands fastened behind. The raw woke up the whole village. Mr. Thomas, the landlord, who was greatly alarmed at the threats of Slenderman, assisted in conveying the man to the Norton lock-up. On the way he said he should go to Mr. Thomas's father's at Gallowgap and set the old ââ in flames. He should also go to Mr. Thorpe's, of Aldro', Mr. Finder's, of Linton, and Mr. Tipling's, of Eiliington (all large farms), and they should all be in flames. Prisoner said he had no question to ask, but he was drunk and had no reecollection of what the constable had stated. Mr. Thomas, landlord of the Rillington Inn, said the man in custody had been in and-out of his house for two days. He had had drink, but did not know how much. He was, not very drunk. Beoause witness could not allow him to sleep he said he would settle" him before morning. Witness was prepared to swear that the prisoner would do him some harm. Was afraid he would fire the place. As witness helped to convev the prisoner to Norton station he threatened to settle with him when he came out. He would see a d- good blaze, and it should be done. The Wolds should blaze like hâ flames. Slenderman here alleged that the landlord knocked him down, and that made him so rough. The Bench committed the prisoner to gaol for two calendar months as a rogue and vagabond, and at that time he was to enter into recognisances of .£20, with two sureties in a like amount, to keep the peace for six months, or in default to go to gaol for six months more. Thus, Lurcher Slenderman" is secured from ranging the Wolds this winter. +

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