1914 - PARCEL POST 'BOMB' ONLY AN APPLE - "Deadly Package" Scares Girl Who Received It - Police Uneasy.
Miss May Campbell, who lives with Mr. and Mrs. George Stull, at No. 511 West 157th street, received yesterday a parcel post package from Uxbridge, Mass. The package was delivered in
the afternoon by the letter carrier. It had the appearance of a bomb, so she took it to the West 152d street police station.
Lieutenant Thompson peeped cautiously at the package and then said:
"We'll call up the Bureau of Combustibles. This sort of job is for them; they like life perils."
Lieutenant Daniel Hopkinson, of that bureau, did not like the look of that re-soldering either. After a debate as to how to open the can without the sacrifice of life. Hopkinson said:
"Let us take it to Trinity Cemetery and bang it against that big wall on Broadway that is backed with a high bank of earth."
When the right spot had been selected Hopkinson stepped back into the centre of Broadway and tossed the deadly bomb at the wall. The can bounced off a rock, but nothing happened. Once again Hopkinson threw the can against the rock. Still no explosion. But there was a hole in the can, and Hopkinson decided it would bear the shaking caused by opening with a knife.
The first thing he came upon inside was a neat little note. it read:
"Think of me when you take a bite. This is just a sample. Samuel W. Seagrave, Lock Box 41, Uxbridge, Mass."
Hopkinson did not like the word "bite." It seemed obviously addressed to a bomb. Then the crowd was ordered back while the lieutenant carefully rolled out and tried with a night-stock something rolled up in tissue paper.
After a vain attempt to explode it, Hopkinson picked up the ball and discovered it to be nothing but a large red apple.
New York Tribune
New York, New York
April 4, 1914
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