Thursday, May 8, 2008

A Female Firebug

New York, 1895

Rhoda Carlton, 14 years of age, was arrested in Brooklyn on Saturday for setting fire to a house owned by Adam Caldwell, her stepfather. The little one confessed that she set the building on fire. She said that last Summer she lived in the family of J. L. Hope at Flushing, and that she set his house on fire three times. Mr. Hope was seen, and he said that his house had been on fire three times while the girl lived there. The last time the fire was started he suspected Rhoda and sent her away.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, N.Y., Jan. 11, 1895, p. 1.

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