Cuzists Again Attack and Injure Jews in Bucharest; 2 Targufromos Jews Freed
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Cuzists Again Attack and Injure Jews in Bucharest; 2 Targufromos Jews Freed

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A number of Jews were attacked and injured today in the streets of Bucharest when Cuzist students utilized clashes between gendarmes and handlers of the confiscated oppositionist papers as an opportunity for a new onslaught against the Jews. The fight is the result of the Maniu government’s confiscating all papers that advocate a return of Prince Carol.

This evening, after a lecture by the anti-Semitic chieftain, Professor Alexander Cuza, at the students’ house, a number of his student followers attempted to organize a procession through the streets of the city. A police cordon was immediately formed but a number of students managed to break through into the Strada Roseti shouting “death to the Jews.”

It is reported that two of the nine Targufromos Jews arrested a fortnight ago after a clash with students have been released from the Jassy prison when they were able to prove that they were not in the town when the incident happened. The others are still being detained.

Hitherto unpublished details regarding the Targufromos incident have been revealed by the “Dimineatza,” which has delegated a special correspondent to investigate the incident. His investigation shows that when the students arrived together with Professor Cuza on the return from the latter’s victorious campaign for election to Parliament, they shouted, “out with the Jews, kill the Jews,” and then opened a bombardment on Jewish houses.

They are reported to have stormed the house of Moise Lazar, a Jewish banker, and to have beaten an aged Jew, Selig Herschcu, and broken his arm and injured his wife. The “Dimineatza’s” correspondent also says that the students then proceeded from house to house breaking windows, breaking up the shop of the septuagenarian bootmaker, Hirsch Leizer, and injuring the proprietor. The students then proceeded to the center of the city with no apparent effort on the part of the police to check them.

He also reports that at the central market a number of Jews resisted the attack and the fight followed. When the students saw that the resistance was likely to become serious they fled. The police began an investigation by examining 83 Jews of whom nine were arrested.

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