Mischievous Little Boys Cause a Stampede in Somerville.
SOMERVILLE, N.J., Nov. 8. - George and Irving Blaney, twins only 10 years old, now confined in the old Somerset County Jail, charged with stealing, set fire to the mattresses in all the cells on the upper tier this morning by throwing in red-hot coals from the stove in the corridor.
This was done while the prisoners were taking their morning exercise. The smoke soon filled the west side of the jail and caused a stampede among the inmates. Mrs. Anderson, wife of Deputy Sheriff Anderson, heard the prisoners screaming and saw the blaze. Sheriff Cooper turned in a fire alarm, and then began transferring the prisoners to the other side of the jail.
The twins stoutly denied having caused the fire, but ever since being confined in the jail they have been up to all kinds of mischief. They will be taken to the Reform School to-morrow.
[The New York Times, 9 November 1906]