Aurora's hunt for a firebug.
Inquest being held there on recent conflagration.
Evidence of incendiarism given by witnesses.
No charge laid against anyone as yet.
Aurora, Aug. 28.—Coroner Johnson, of Toronto, yesterday opened an inquiry as to the causes of a number of fires that have occurred in this town recently, there being grounds for the belief that some, if not all of them, were of incendiary orgin [sic].
The fire was in the Grand Trunk Railway carpenter shops, and took place of July 15th, at 10.15 o'clock at night; the second was at the house of James Neil's on July 19, at 1.30 in the morning; the third was the attempt on the 24th of July, at 10.30 o'clock, to fire the G.T.R. freight sheds, and the fourth and last was on the 19th of August, when the fire which was started at 1 o'clock in the morning, destroyed entirely the freight sheds.
Mr. Thomas Flynn, of the firm of L. Coffee & Co., produce merchants of Toronto, stated that on July 21 or 22 his firm had received a warehouse receipt for 500 bushels of wheat stored at the G.T.R. freight shed in Aurora. The receipt belonged to Graham Bros., of Aurora. On the day before he received the receipt Mr. George W. Graham telephoned to witness asking for an advance of $400 on the wheat which the receipt represented.
The Wheat Insured.
The advance was made and the receipt was sent back to be signed. Two days later $200 of the advance was repaid. As soon as the advance was made witness insure the wheat in the Hand-in-Hand Company, and the insurance was still running/ At the time of the fire wheat was worth 70 cents [per bushel], but when it was purchased it cost from 95 cents to a dollar [per bushel]. Mr. Graham expected the insurance company to allow the original price of the grain. He also told witness that he had 400 or 500 bushels in addition to that which the receipt covered.
Freight Shed Fire.
A. S. Burton, night operator at Aurora station, stated that about midnight, July 21, he found a fire blazing under the freight shed and when the flames were extinguished he found a quantity of oil-soaked waste scattered about. On the Monday morning previous witness had seen a wagon apparently loaded with wool leave the shed and he also saw one of the two men who went with it, lock the door. Next day George W. Graham said that he had moved the wool but had upset and had had to put the wool back in the shed. John Glenn had been seen by witness at every fire save that at James Neil's house.
John Glenn's Jags.
James Bell, bar-tender, swore that on the night of the fire in the carpenter shop John Glen was in the Wellington Hotel, and had a cigar and a couple of drunks, and took away with him a number of matches. He afterwards saw him at the fire under the influence of liquor. Witness also saw Glenn drunk at the freight sheds fire.
George Lemon, of the Royal Hotel, testified that on the night of the first fire at the freight sheds Glenn was drunk and on the night of the burning of Nell's house Glenn bought a bottle of whisky.
William Hatt, grain buyer, stated that John Glenn worked mostly for George W. Graham and was about the freight sheds a good deal. Witness occupied a bin in the sheds next to that of Mr. Graham and he had on several occasions missed grain from his bin.
James Waite, Wellington Hotel, had heard Glenn, while drunk, say there would be another fire that night and tere was, but he could not remember which of the fires it was.
The inquest will be resumed this evening.
An engineer drowned.
William Ivey, a well-known Grand Trunk engineer, loses his life in the water at Collingwood.
A Collingwood despatch last night told Mrs. William Ivey, of 638 Front street west, that she was a widow.
Her husband, a Grand Trunk engineer, went out on a dock at Collingwood Monday night to take a bath after his run from Toronto, and when he did not return a search revealed his clothing, but no trace of the body has been found.
Ivey was 42 years of age, and has been employed by the Grand Trunk for 25 years. He leaves besides, his widow, five children, the youngest aged 3, and the edlest 17, a boy who is ill with lung trouble. Mr. Ivey was a Mason, an Oddfellow, and amember of the Brotherhood of Engineers. He attended Queen street Methodist church.