Shark's Belly Gives Evidence Against Alleged Conspirators, 1915
an Shark's Belly Gives Evidence Against Alleged Conspirators Leather Bag of Papers Tossed Into Sea By German Ship Captain Swallowed By Monster, Which Is Later Captured. NEW YORK, Nov. 20. Evidence recovered from the belly of a shark will be used against indicted officials of the Hamburg-American line when they are placed on trial Monday, charged with violation of American neutrality, according to information secured today at the United States district attorney's office. Officials of the line are charged with sending out 16 Hamburg-American steamers about the time war was declared to furnish supplies to German warships. Among the ports from which these ship3 sailed were New York, Philadelphia. Pen-sacola. San Francisco, Newport News, I Virginia, and New Orleans. Among these supply ships was the Marina uuezaaa. which sailed from Philadelphia for Valparaiso, Chile, about August 1, 1914, or three days before war was declared between Germany and England. The German ship put in at Pernambueo, Brazil. When the Brazilian port authorities demanded the ship's papera for examina tion, the captain threw overboard a leather bag with the papers inside. In the meantime the Brazilians, getting suspicious, had the German vessel watched by a warship which stood by night and day. The Brazilian sailors, to pass the time away, went shark fishing and caught a monster. When it was ripped open, a leather sack was found inside. Upon opening the sack the missing papers of the German ship were brought to light. The shark had swallowed the bag thrown from the Mariana Cuezada. It was said that evidence would be produced to show that the Hamburg-American line sent out its vessels several days before war was declared, showing that it was anticipated. It is understood that one of the chief contentions of the defense will be that Captain Boy-Ed, naval attache to the German embassy. -was behind the plot, as he cannot be indicted. According to the law, a diplomat in a country not at war cannot be prosecuted. If the indicted men are found guilty, the maximum penalty is a $30,000 fine and four years in jail, as there are two indictments against each defendant.