Mortimer Stover-Sets off dynamite: Brklyn Eagle Jul 21.1903
ateer- tnlacel-' ar- fomn.nv-. thou- As- of N- of on ti on be EXPLODED 8? THE POLICE Old Sailor on Force Deputed to - Get Rid of Two Bombs and One Stick of Stu.'f. CONCUSSION IN BROWNSVILLE. Boards Torn Prom Earn, Horse Knocked Over, Hole Left in Ground. Burglars' Materials. t Detectives Stover and Tormey of the Brownsville Precinct were the cause ot an explosion tbis morning that shook the buildings In the vicinity ot Liberty and Eastern Parkway and caused women to run to the street, frightened at tbe rumbling sound. Captain Gardiner, knowing tbe experience ot "the Sailor," as Stover is called, having sptnt years in tho United States Navy, tbe detective was assigned to the duty of Bring off two dynamite bombs. The bombs and a stick of tbe high explosive- were found in tbe possession ot an alleged old crook known as James Blank, who threw himself on the mercy of the Grand Jury yesterday and was convicted of carrying burglar's tools. When he serves his time be will face four charges of burglary, all committed in the Brownsville Precinct. Blank is the man that the detectives spent two weeks dlsguished as longshoremen In Manhattan to capture. After making his acquaintance, with two weeks' beard on their faces, and clothes suiting their supposed calling, Blank told them that he was going to touch off a safe In Brownsville. When Blank visited a saloon In that neighborhood he carried a negligee shirt box which . he left there. When he called for It one night near midnight, the two patient officers grabbed him and locked him up. In the box was a complete set of burglar's tools and the above mentioned dynamite. The sergeants sitting at tho station house desk have often expressed the wish that the stuff could be taken out. The closet In which the explosives were kept behind the desk was never opened. The detectives carried the dreaded box to the open lots as far away from the crowded district as possible and set them off. A barn nearby had three boards ripped oft Its side. A horse grazing was thrown to the ground and started on a gallop toward Canarsle when It gained Its feet. A deep hole was made In the green sward three feet in diameter. Stover, who weighs over 200 pounds, after lighting the fuse started on a run for the shelter ot a large tree. People seeing the cloud of dust and flying rocks and the forms of the men lying in the grass fathered about the scene and had to be warned away before the second explosion. J. Nottle, a saloonkeeper of Glenmore and Thati'ord avenues. Identified Blank as the man whom he saw in his bedroom tbe night his place was robbed. Many crooks carry dynamite about with them nowadays. They have learned how It can be used to make a powerful explosive liquid by boiling it down. This Is allowed to seep Into the very thin space between a safe and Its door. After that a cheap fuse does the business, tearing out the safe door with neatness. The crooks are less nervous about dynamite than the police.