KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: July 22, 1910
End of Watch: September 19, 1917
Shot were fired, men were clubbed into insensibility and for nearly fifteen minutes Thomas D. Finletter Club was filled with a mass of struggling, cursing, fighting men, when a gang of men in citizens clothes, among whom, it is declared, were several policemen of the Fourth and Delancey Streets station, broke into its headquarters, at 628 Spruce Street. The fight was the culmination of a day of disorder in the Fifth Ward, and it marked the utmost violence yet reached in the struggle for leadership between mercantile appraiser James A. Carey, and Common Councilman Isaac Deutsch.
Officer Eppley and Officer Eiselman came at a dead run from the opposite side of the street. Mascia, quick as thought whipped out a revolver, pressed it against Carey’s stomach and pulled the trigger. It snapped, but the weapon failed to explode. He then wheeled about and fired two shots at the advancing policeman.
The first shot grazed Officer Eiselman and the second struck Officer Eppley #2950, appointed to the Bureau July 22, 1910, was stopped short, staggered back and fell to the pavement in front of the McCall School. He was in full view of children at play in the yard. Another policeman knocked the revolver from Mascia’s hand. An accomplish Costello, applying his blackjack like a pro, he struck out wildly, breaking heads and crippling arms wherever the weapon struck. The crowd then swarmed in, pinning fast the arms of the two men. Officer Eppley, declaring, “I’m an officer and they shot me,” collapsed.
Mercantile Carey’s injuries consisted of lacerations of the face and a possible fracture of the skull. His head was bruised up, and he then insisted, against the physicians warning, in leaving the hospital. In an hour and a half, he was taken away in a motorcar against the protest of the hospital staff. Assistant District Attorney Maurer was beaten about the face and body. He fell to the ground and was kicked and bruised. He was sent to his home after hospital treatment but was not able to leave it for some hours. Harry McNichol, son of State Senator James P. McNichol, was a witness of the shooting. He immediately sought Mayor Smith with the news. It was afterwards announced that the Mayor had directed two separate investigations, one by the Coroner and one by the police.
The evidences of cumulative planning cropped out early in the day. Mr. Stern, when the two men were brought into the station house, declared they were strangers in the district. There was even doubt of the connection between the two men until he detected the white ribbon on Costello. Magistrate Stevenson took the ribbons. From the bits of evidence obtainable yesterday, and from the confession of Costello, it transpired that the men, under the leadership of “Littleneck,” had gathered in the poolroom on Main Street below Spruce, while another contingent of men, supposedly from New York, in credited with having passed the night before at a Market Street Hotel Costello, who says he was offered work as a carpenter.
Isadore Stern said he was positive gunmen imported by the Deutsch faction committed the murder. We anticipated something like this today it came to my knowledge a gunman was in the fifth ward asking a certain politician if anything came off would he be given protection. Mr. Stern refused to divulge who his informant was or admit that the man seeking refuge was either Maseia or Costello. Mr. Stern is a statement yesterday, also charged that Mayor Smith has been negligent in matters in the fifth ward. He said be warned the Mayor Tuesday night bloodshed was imminent.
Mr. Stern said he asking charges be brought against Mayor Smith and high police officials in an effort to have them indicted for murder.
Following this assertion, Stern made the following statement with regard to his conversation with Mayor Smith. Mayor Smith then was in Atlantic City and Mr. Stern in Philadelphia. I called the Mayor up on the phone at his home in Atlantic City. Mr. Stern said and told him of the raid on the Finletter Club and on the black jacking of Barrish. Hogan, Pertson, Suffy, Schumucker and O’Brien, at that place. I also told him there was imminent danger here that there would be bloodshed, and that he should come right up. He replied that if there were any bloodshed Carey’s friends were spilling it. He further said he could not come up because the electric trains were too slow. Stern here explained that his call was made shortly before. Stern “Then I telephoned him a second time, and he replied, ‘you can’t pull any circus stuff like that on me.” He then said he had ordered all of the Second District policemen out of the district at and told me to see Robinson.
Policeman Eppley, who was a member of the vice squad, was 32 years old, unmarried, and lives in West Philadelphia. He had been a police officer for seven years. Investigators “I have made a thorough canvases of the Fifth Ward and have found enough evidence to secure a warrant for the arrest of the Mayor, charging him with conspiracy to murder.
MAYOR SMITH AND GUNMEN IMPORTED FOR ELECTION
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