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WARNING AND THREATS.

WHAT THURSDAY TO SATURDAY

MAILS BROUGHT.

There is a singular coincidence about; the wreckage of Mr Heinold's property and the wrecking of the Lusitania, ith that in both instances warnings and' threats were sent. Mr Heinold informed a " Chronicle" reporter yesterday--that between. Thursday and Saturdayi he received from fifty to sixty letters j conveying warnings and threats, Bq- ( that he was not- taken unawares. Sergt. Bpurke, it appears, heard, out in the- ! country on Saturday morning that aprobable assault on Mr Heinold's premises was to be made at nighty and* j. when he returned in the evening liefelt so concerned that he proceeded to the shop at about 5.30 and persuaded"" Mr Heinold to close.up the premises for- ! the night. '.'.>.' j Many are the reasons given for the- '{ hostile demonstration against Mr Hem - old, one ■ being thnfc lie would not permit his children attending school to «ing the National Anthem. To this-. Mr Heinold gives an emphatic denial. He has heard other things about himself and his wife which are equally ridiculous, he states, but this fs the first time, to his knowledge, that his childi ren have been discussed, or their loyalty to the British Empire questioned.. Not only in the day school have theyahvays participated in the National Antliera when sung, but in Sunday School 7 ' also they have never differed from other children in this respect. Mr Bruce,, superintendent of St.'Paul's Presbyterian Sunday School, at which the Heinold children attend, informed a "Chronicle" reporter yesterday that they invariably " joined in not only "God Save the King"" but other hymns of a national character; .:■;■•'.■■" "■; . , A WOMAN ASSAULTED. . As an evidence of the character of" 'Some of tlie men who took a leading part in the destruction of property, onecase is cited. Quite a number of women got into the crush, and one woman., perhaps a little more venturesome than of the others, advanced right intothe thick of the crowd. A young man apparently said or did something that caused her to rebuke him, whereupon-' he swung round a piece of tripe he was; carrying, and struck her a stinging blow across the face. GOT AWAY WITH THE HANDCUFFS During one part of the proceedings as the crowd surged backwards and forwards, one man in the front ranks threw a stone &dth considerable accuracy r . and before he could repeat the offencehe was promptly collared by the policeHitherto the missiles i had come front the back of the crowd, but this matt was caught red-handed, and the police * intended to make an example of him. In a second he was caught and hand-_^ cuffed, but as the crowd surged in, and* for a fe,w moment there was a bit of a mixnpi the handcuffed man made good his escape in the crowd, his exit from the scene of action being Well covered. Up to a late hour last evening the man had not returned the handcuffs to the authorities. A RUMOUR DENIED. Yesterday a rumour was current in. town that the waterside workers as a. body were responsible for the rioting, on Saturday night. This rumour is. given a vigorous denial. The allegation is not borne out by inquiries made by a reporter in official circles. It. is stated that beyond anonymous threatening letters to Mr Heinold, the riot was not, anticipated, and there was noorganised body behind it. ANOTHER THREAT. Mr Henry Schneideman, of Schneideman Bros., called at the " Chronicle* office last night and complained^ that sonip people were attempting to brand him as a German. Mr Schneideman .itsonify protested against this imputation. "If I were a German," he said,, " or had sympathy with the Germans, I should not mirid;. But lam not a German, and my sympathies are entirely with the British and their Allies. We-. are Russian Jews, born in Riga, and* can trace. our history in that countryback for many generations. At the* present time some of my sisters' childrenare fighting with the Russian*, v»h:rh,. if needs be, can be proved through u:e Russian Consul. Under the circumstances, I naturally resent the i&putation.' AN" O:PPORTU\utv i^oi> GENUINEPATRIOTS. - Tli© patriotic meeting convened by the Mayor, to be held in the Opera House this evening, should prove one of the most notable gatherings yet held ' in Wanganui. A spirited programme has been arranged, and ajl loyal citi- - zens are;earnestly desired to make a • special effort to; attend.

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WARNING AND THREATS., Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 20357, 17 May 1915

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WARNING AND THREATS. Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 20357, 17 May 1915

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