Little Italy, in East Harlem,
was the scene of a terrific bomb
explosion early this morning.
The district had been
celebrating the feast of Our
Lady of Mount Carmel. There was
a crowd of possibly 10,000
Italians in the street.
The celebration was still going
on when the explosion took place
in front of the grocery store of
Marco Latadubo, 352 East 105th
Street, which is practically the
west side of a double house,
Nos. 352 and 354.
The entire front and most of the
contents of the store were blown
clear across the street, windows
were shattered, a lamppost
broken in half, and other
Following the explosion a sheet
of flame shot out of the wrecked
store and caught the drapery
that decorated the house front.
The flames spread with such
rapidity that the escape of the
occupants by the front door and
fire escapes was shut off.
They got out by the roof and the
rear escapes. Up to an early
hour the police had not found
that any one had been injured.
The groceryman and his family
were out celebrating at the time
of the explosion. The fire did
Marco Latadubo, according to
those in the neighborhood has
been receiving Black Hand
letters demanding money. He gave
out the information that he was
not afraid, and he took no
trouble to let it be known that
he did not intend to give up any
Among those who turned out to
watch last night's celebration
were Alfred J. French and John
Bedell, watchmen in the Harlem
Market. The men were standing
near the store when they noticed
two men acting in a suspicious
way near the entrance to the
"What are you doing there?"
One of the men shouted something
back, and as the watchmen
started toward them they ran
away. The others started after
them and the pursuit had only
gone about 100 yards when the
explosion came. The whole front
of the store up to the cornice
of the first floor was blown
across the street. A scene of
great excitement followed.
Italians began to pour from
Policeman Harry Taylor of the
East 104th Street Station was
standing just down First Avenue
from the corner. he fired his
revolver three times to attract
the attention of the reserves,
some 50 of whom had been
scattered through the district.
In the meantime an alarm of fire
had been turned in. The
policemen with other volunteers
went into the building. There
were twenty-five families in
each house, but many were still
upon the street. After the
rescue party got into the
building they found that the
flames had cut off their escape
by the front door. They assisted
the tenants to escape by the
rear escapes and the roof.
Fire Chief Graham said that
there were two explosions, and
that while he could not account
for the first one he knew that
the second was caused by gas.
The police have obtained
descriptions of the two men who
are supposed to have set off the
bomb, and detectives are
searching for them.