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A SUSPiCfOUS OUTBREAK. EMPTY STOCK BOXES. . ' MELBOURNE, February 13. At the inquiry into the fire at Jays' drapery stores, owned by Jacob Epstein, the evidence showed that the stock was insured for £3000. Epstein had been declared insolvent and had disappeared. The Coroner, summing "up, said that the circumstances of- the fire were brimful of suspicion and pointed to a conspiracy. The evidence^ showed that the shelves were filled with a beggarly array of empty boxes and that there was a shortage of the stock, which on the book value was worth £3000. (Received February 14, 11 a.m.) SYDNEY, February 14. I , Mackenzie's store at Manilla has been destroyed by fire. The damage is estimated at £20,000. There was no fire brigade or supply of water, and the citizens were powerless to fight the out- . break. . J

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FIRES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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FIRES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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