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Di Prato, and Ernest Matteo,- 175
'Elm street, and Berdino Tranui-
nio, i66 Elm streeryemployes of
l rrato. I hey describe vthe
I .stranger as follows: y
-4 Of middle age, average height,
4 smooth sHaven, wearing dark
clothes and carrying a shoe box
., wrapped in newspaper.
The stranger got a shine and
- then told Di Prato that the shoe
' "box contained a-pair of shoes and
asked permission to leave the
,Pjckage in the store imtil even
ing. Di Prato laid the box on a
-; show case near the door and the
' -stranger departed.
Next dopr to Di Prato's shop,.
separated only by a half inch
board partition is the printing of
.. fice of II Purgante, an Italian
newspaper. Joe Ettpr, leader of
the 30,000 textile strikers) makes
' the print shop his headquarters
Forty minutes after the -stran--
.ger left Di Prato's shop, seven
' uniformed Lawrence police, offi-
. cers, headed by Inspector Kelli
her, raided the print shop. They
had a search warrant. Every nook
, and cranny of the room, includ
ing Ettor's desk, ,was5earcned.
No firearms nor explosives were"
From the print shop, the police
went to Di Prato's shop. There,
the first thing they did was to. tear
' the covering from the shoe box,
v and look in. They, saw nothing
' but a pair of shoes. They did not
take these out, nor ihspect the
. box further.
The police ransacked Di Pra
to's shop, but, found nothing in
criminating. When they left, Di
Prato laid the opened shoe box oa
,-the window sill, and went home
to tell, his wife what a' strange
idling had happened. '
At 4 o'clock that evening Ihe
same police officers returned.
They- went directly into Di Pra
to's shop this time. They went
straight to the window sill. They
picked up the shoe box, opened it,'
took out the shoes, and then six
sticks of 80 per cent dynamite
with ten detonating caps.
Di Prato was arrested. That
evening the newsboys of Law
rence were yelling "Extra 1 A11
about the big dynamite conspir
acy!" ' N
The search warrant which. the ,
police used in the raids was made
out by Fred Flynn of the state
police. Flynn refuses to say who
"tipped him off."
The -writer made a personal
and painstaking investigation. He
found out who conceived the
plan, who caused it to be
executed. It is impossible at pres-
ent to use this man's name. One
reason ofthis is that he,has dis
appeared from- JLawrance, and
cannot be interviewed. But the
facts can be told.
The dynamite was left 'in Di
Prato's shop by(a private detec
tive, an employe of one of the first
detective agencies, at present
working for the Woolrust.
The man who arranged the
"plant," who "tipped off" Fred
Flynn, is a local politician, a city
officer. , In politics he always has
been the tool of the mill owners.
Whenever they have wanted -any
of the special privileges that have
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