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IRISH ATTACK ITALIANS AND ITALIANS GET ARRESTED

New-York Daily Tribune, Monday, April 26, 1909 - About fifty Irishmen and Italians tried to exterminate each other in a race riot at Tenth Avenue and 32d street last night, and not until an Italian saloon and an Italian grocery store had been wrecked, about thirty combatants clubbed by the police and eighteen arrests made, was order restored. The fighting started at 8:30 o'clock and lasted forty-five minutes. Simultaneously another and smaller fight between Italians at No. 503 West 32nd Street required police Interference. About 9 o-clock a man called up Police Headquarters and said an Italian had thrown a bomb into a grocery store at Tenth avenue and 32nd street and wrecked it, and that he was hiding under a freight car at Eleventh avenue and 32nd street. "Send the reserves, quick'" he said. The West 37th street station was informed, and Acting Captain Samuel McElroy and five plain-clothes men, three sergeants and the reserves, dashed to the scene of trouble. They found about fifty men, Irish and Italians, fighting desperately in the street, surrounded by a crowd estimated at two thousand persons. The police drew their nightsticks and the plain-clothes men their "billies" and began smashing right and left. In fifteen minutes, they had restored order.

Next, they went to the saloon at No. 360 Tenth Avenue, owned by Mrs. Laura Morace. The windows had been smashed, doors broken down, and the place shattered inside They found nine Italians drinking, many of them bore marks of fighting. All were arrested alone with "Dan" Oran, the bartender, who was charged with violating the excise, law. The others were charged with disorderly conduct.

Captain McElroy learned that the trouble started in the grocery store at No. 336 Tenth Avenue, owned by Michael Morace, husband of Laura Morace. According to the police, two Irishmen entered the grocery and got into an argument with three Italians. The quarrel developed into a fistfight, and the noise brought a dozen Italians to their countrymen's assistance. The two Irishmen retreated to the street, when in a few minutes they were reinforced by a score of their countrymen from adjacent tenement houses.

The Irishmen, outnumbered by the Italians, filled their hands with missiles and rushed the Italians back into the grocery store and the saloon, which they besieged. When the approach of the police was signalled, the Irishmen quickly slipped away, leaving the Italians to be clubbed and arrested.

The latter, slow to realize this stratagem, went on fighting among themselves, and were at it hot and heavy when Captain McElroy and his men appeared. While the police were battling to restore order, Captain McElroy head that there was serious trouble in the tenement at No 503 West 32d street. He divided his forces, sending half there and keeping the other half.

At No. 503 the police found two families named Zarro and Palmo fighting on the first f1oor. Two fathers and five sons were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct In the meantime Captain McElroy had sent a plainclothes man to Eleventh avenue and 32nd street to investigate the report that a bomb thrower was hiding under a freight car. He hauled out Angelo Palmo, of No 503 West 32nd street, who had a bad wound in the forehead, evidently made by some blunt instrument. Dr Hartigan took the man to New York Hospital, where it was said that he was not seriously hurt.

The prisoners were taken to the West 37th street Police Station. After the Zarros and the Palmos were unloaded, the police found on the floor of the patrol wagon a heavy butcher’s hook, the prong of which had been sharpened. They thought this weapon might have caused Angelo Palmo’s wound.

Captain McElroy said that for some time the neighborhood where the trouble occured, which is thickly settled with Irish and Italians, had been on the verge of a free fight.