Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Stabbed with an Umbrella - Greek Peanut Vendor Attacked While Protecting His Stock" article, New York Times, September 29, 1909


Published in The New York Times, September 29, 1909
STABBED WITH AN UMBRELLA
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Greek Peanut Vendor Attacked While Protecting His Stock.
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Thomas Concellas, a young Greek peanut peddler, of 254 Hopkins Street, Williamsburg, was stabbed with an umbrella while protecting his stock at Manhattan Avenue and Moore Street early yesterday morning.  Concellas was about to depart from his home when two young men appeared.  While one engaged him in conversation the other filled his pockets with peanuts.  When the Greek demanded payment he was laughed at.
The other fellow next filled his pockets with peanuts, and when, Concellas tried to use force to protect his stock the two men attacked him.  One, who had an umbrella with a sharp ferule, jabbed it twice into the Greek’s left side near the heart.  As the peddler fell his assailants ran away.
Several men who saw Concellas fall ran to his aid.  They raised an alarm which brought Policeman Michaels of the Stagg Street Station.  The Greek seemed to be dying and a hurry call to the Eastern District Hospital brought Dr. Moskowitz in an ambulance.
The police searched for the assailants, and later arrested Charles Herrschaft, a young clerk of 142 Scholes Street.  Herrschaft had an umbrella with a sharp point.  He denied that he had in any way been implicated in the attack on the Greek, but he was identified by several men, and also in the hospital by Concellas.  He was arraigned in the Manhattan Avenue Court for felonious assault and held.  At the hospital it was said last night that Concellas may not recover.


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