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Inmate burns the Massachusetts State Reform School at Westboro to the ground

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08/13/1859
The main building of the Massachusetts State Reform School for Boys was completely destroyed in an early morning fire.  Police arrested one of the 560 juvenile inmates as the culprit.  None of the other residents escaped from the institution during the destruction of the school.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Burning of the Massachusetts State Reform School - A Juvenile Incendiary, " New York Times, August 15, 1859, p. 5.
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 391.

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