Manuscripts/Mixed Material [A Dirty Trick on the Little Horse]
“Now ye understand what I meant, Lads, when I said that no big ten-ton motor truck, deadly as they can be at times, has ever in the history of th' truckin' industry in New York City been responsible for the amount of destruction and ruin that that one little horse-wagon brought about that day in Wall Street.
“Of course th' first idea that most people had was that it ‘twas a plot to blow th' Subtreasury Building and take a crack at Morgan's while they were at it. And from what th' police found it sure as hell looked like it might be just that, horrible as such a thing would be.
“th' Subtreasury Building and Morgan's and even down th' street toward th' West on th' corner across from where they were startin' to put up th' big building that is now there, there were scars on th' stone walls where slugs of iron had been flung against them by th' explosion.
“Those slugs, th' police decided were pieces of window weights...chunks of iron like ‘shrapnel’ I think they call it that is used in warfare.
“So th' newspapers and most everybody else decided that it could have been nothing but a dastardly plot of th' ‘reds’ or th' ‘communists’ or th' ‘socialists’ or some other unpopular and supposed to be wicked bunch to spread death and ruin in the center of New York City's financial district...
“Perhaps ‘twas a natural conclusion on account of those slugs of window weights that had bombarded th' buildings in th'