To Blow Up the Prison
Discovery of an Alleged Anarchistic Plot.
LADDER AND DYNAMITE PAPER
These Are the Evidences Found by Prison Officers.
TO AVENGE LEON CZOLGOSZ
Warden Mead Has Received Many Letters, Threatening That the Most
Vengeance Would Be Visited upon the Prison Authorities for the Execution
of the President’s Assassin—Mysterious Umbrella Tinkers Are Suspected.
Dec. 7.—The investigation by the Auburn prison authorities into
what was first thought to have been an attempt to aid in the escape
of inmates of that institution by outside parties, who one night
two weeks ago scaled the prison walls with a ladder, stolen from
one of the shops in the neighborhood, reveals a possible anarchistic
plot to blow up the prison with dynamite in revenge for the execution
of Leon F. Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley.
For many days previous to the execution
of Czolgosz, Warden Mead received letters from various parts of
the country, threatening that if the mandate of the law was carried
out, the most terrible vengeance would be visited upon the prison
officers, and threats to blow up the prison with dynamite, it is
said, were made.
The day following the discovery of
the scaling of the prison walls from the West Water street [sic]
side, other discoveries of a startling nature were made. It was
found that an attempt had been made to mount the walls by means
of ladders stolen from Tuttle’s rolling mill, in which the parties
were unsuccessful. A skiff belonging to the rolling mill had been
rowed across the stream and two large ladders had been carried over.
As the rolling mills run day and night, the plotters must have worked
with extreme caution not to have been discovered. Failing to mount
the wall from that point a successful attempt, as has already been
related, was made from the West Water street [sic] side.
Dynamite Wrapper Found.
What alarms the prison officers,
however, and gives color to the dynamite theory was the discovery
of a paper, such as is used to wrap dynamite packages, which was
found on the ground near where marks in the snow show that the ladder
with which the wall had been scaled was posted. This was wrapped
in a copy of a Syracuse morning newspaper of the date November 25th.
A number of suspicious characters
had been seen in West Water street [sic], previous to the ladder
incident. For a week or ten days the vicinity had been haunted by
umbrella tinkers, and the police are now of the opinion that these
men were associated in the mysterious plot in which the ladders
and dynamite paper figure.
Since the discovery the night guards
at the prison have been unusually vigilant and are prepared to meet
whatever emergency may arise.