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ATTEMPT TO BLOW UP SCOTLAND YARD. EXPLOSION AT THE JUNIOR CARLTON CLUB. MANY PERSONS INJURED. aREAT DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. ARREST OF A SUPPOSED DYNAMITARD. LONDON, FRIDAY XIGHT. The "Press Association" states that about 9.25 this evening an explosion occurred at Scotland Yard, the head-quarters of the Criminal Investiga- tion Department, which, judging from the nature ;and extent of the damage caused, was the result f malice. The spot where the explosive was placed appears to have been in the urinal, which s let into the wall at the rear of the large isolated ouilding standing in the centre of the yard, md devoted to the use of the detective force, and there is little doubt that the plot was directed against the lives of the chief officers of the Metropolitan police. The offices of these gentlemen are on the firsc floor, but fortu- nately are in the front or west side of the building, so .that if this suggested intention were entertained the outrage did not succeed in its immediate ob- ject. That great daring was exhibited by the author of the crime will be recognised from the fact that, not only is this the centre of the Criminal Detective Department in the Metropolis, with, consequently, a large number of police officials always on duty, but since the first dynamite out- rages at the Local Government Board and the Times offices special officers have been on duty day and night at the Quadrangle to guard against any attempt of this kind. The yard, however, is a public thoroughfare leading from Parliament-street tc Northumberland- avenue and the Embankment, so that there are constantly people passing through it. No doubt advantage was taken of this fact, and it may ixplain how the police officers on duty were not able to arrest the criminal before he had carried out his plot. Passing into the urinal, which is, or rather was —for it is now utterly destroyed—at the I north-east corner of the building, the man probably hastily deposited the material and was able to get some distance away before the explosion took place. That a considerable quantity of dyna- mite was employed is shown by the results. The comer of the thick brick work has been blown off and outwards for a height of 30 feet' taking a portion of the side walls, and revealing an aperture of about half that distance in width. Very many cartloads of d-eivis lying around attest to the strength of the material, whilst the broken beams and twisted pipes in uhe interiorshow how serious might have been the injury to person if that- portion ri the building had oeen occupied. The debris lies right aeros" the open space on that side of the quadrangle, and still stronger evidence of the intensity of the explosion is seen on ibe southern side of the building. Bricks md stones have been blown through the iiterior and out. of the windows on the jpposite si.ie, where also the roadway is ;bick;y strewn with broken glass and masonry. Standing outside the public-house, which is just opposite the point, at which the explosion occur- red, was a b-'jU £ hair>, which now lies an almost wreck, half covered with debris. Con- siderable circumspection had to be exercised by the few persons who -ere ac; :tted the yard, and j by +l-3 officials on duty, as it was feared that some "aoc.e explosivg tnatei.al might be lying around. ft was stated (.11\ jLlst after the oucrage a man was arrested i the neighbourhood, with a black jag ui his possession, but tht authorities naturally b?"rve the cloivst reticence, and whether the man in 7~- stio.i had any connection with the crime Coul3 oot 9 ascertained. The repc:, which accompanied the ex- olosion was hAArd at Ki-g-street and many other police-r vHon* in the neighbourhood, and apprised thft officials there ifc^.t 30mflthing serious had occurred. Almost immeaiatelr afterwards tele- graphic instructions were flashed from Scotland Yard to these district Nations not to allow any ne., to go off duty. followed by orders to put all ■lvii'abie on duty for the night. Drafts were 1irected to be from trie outlying stations, and with in a very shonf, time errrlon of police han Deen drawn round Scotland-yard, closing the thoroughfare to the public in oruer that the offici 'Is might carefully examine the place. The chiefs of the department who not on the spot at the time were summoned, and measures were taken for sending extra police to the scene of the nther ex- plosions, news of which had been received. The debi-'s in Scotland-yard was carefully guarded so that it might remain in exactly the same position as that in which it fell for examination by Colonel Majendie and the officials of the Home Office and Detective Department. Two carriages which were smashed also remain in the position in which they were struck. One horse was somewhat cut, and it is remarkable, considering the position in which it was standing, that it was not killed on the spot. A coachman sustained injuries which necessitated his removal to the hospital. The police officer referred to as having been on special duty at the snot received the greatest hurt, for he was blown across the open space against the wall opposite with great vio- lence, and also had to be taken to the hospital. Some other persons in the vicinity received cuts from he portions of glass which were blown in all directions, but the injuries were not of a serious nature. The following cases are btinr treated at the Charing Cross Hospital:— WiHilID Jones, 26. Peter-street, Wc>tminst"T, incised womd on siJp. Arthur Preddo, 42, Arlingford-road, Brixton, calp wound and concussion. In the neighbourhood of Charing Cross and ParJiament-3treet inknse excitement was caused when it became known that a daring ittenopt had ma Je at the very centre of the jolice system. The rapid mustering of police and ,he blockade at the entrance to Scotiand-yard idded to the excitement, which, again, was further increased as intelligence of similar attempts in Other parts of Lonaon became known. Opoosite to the urinal at the rearmost extremity of the yard is a public-house calied the Rising Sun. This building which is in the occupation of a Mr. Duncan, has a frontage of some 50 feet, and was fitted with large squares of plate-glass. Every window in the structure was shattered to atoms by the concussion, and in the bar, which occupies the whole of the front portion of the ground floor, pots, glasses, jugs, plates, and bottles were hurled from their shelves on to the floor. The mirrors lining the inner walls were crackpd and broken up, the par- titions of wood and glass in the outer bar were hoisted and curled into most fantastic shapes, and the gasaliers and brackets were snapped asunder and their ornaments destroyed. Such liquids as stood in open vessels were dashed on to the floor. The very beer engine was shifted from its position. Mr. Duncan, the proprietor, has been indisposed for some weeks, and at the time of the explosion he was in one of the front bedrooms with his wife. Mrs. Duncan was sitting near the window con- versing with the invalid, when suddenly she was startled by a loud report, such as might have been caused by the discharge of a heavy piece of ordnance, in the near vicinity. A second or two afterwards a still more terrific detonation took place. The glass through which Mrs. Duncan had been looking was shivered into infinitesimal fragments, the gas was extinguished, and the occupants of the apartment found themselves almost smothered in the debris caused by the falling plaster and woodwork. Fortunately neither Mr. nor Mrs. Duncan sustained any injury beyond a few slight scratchings, though the lady's nerves were naturally unstrung. In another bedroom two barmen were engaged dressing. The scene here was very similar to that witnessed by the proprietor of the house, and here, also, no serious bodily mjurv resulted. Downstairs in the bar there were from fifteen to twenty persons. Miss Collins, the oarmaid, was at the end nearest to the spot where 2ie explosion was most seriously felt talking to ,wo gentlemen who were standing in the com- partment reserved for the use of customers of be better class. She was half stunned by the report, and was cut about the neck by ,he flying Mass and splinters, but, wonderful DO relate, escaped without worse injuries. Her interlocutors fared worse. One of them was hurt badly enough to justify his removal to the hospital, and the other was also severely cut and bruised. At the other extremity of the bar Master E. J uncan, the son of the landlord, was li-aning on j COW talking to a hreiLiau trom the a.d10u¡. ing ssation, and in the public portion of the bar I there were a number cf the regular customers of the house. Inquiries made by our reporter elicited no information tending to show that any of these persons were seriously injured, a remark- able fact considering their close proximity to the wrecked premises. It is estimated that the damage done to the public-house will not be covered by a less sum than £1,000. The whole of the frontage of the bar is a complete wreck, and the upper floors have not a vestige of glass left in the windows, whilst the woodwork is broken and torn away in many places. Persons conversant with the disci- plinary arrangements in connection with the Criminal Investigation Department will be aware that the Chief Superintendent's offices are open night and day, night duty being taken by the in- spectors in rotation. This week Inspector Robinson is in charge. After the departure of the regular staff, and in accordance with an order resulting from recent Fenian plots, two other officials re- main in the building all night to be ready for any suddenly arising emergencies such as the present. The only other officials in the yard at the time of the explosion, save the constables on their beats, were the inspector and two or three subordinates in the police office near the Parliament-street entrance. Detective-In- spector Robson had just come come out of the building, and was proceeding across the yard to the police office, when the detonation occurred; but, as has already been pointed out, had he been in the detectives' room he would have sustained no injury.

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