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police detachment was sent to Beobachter headquarters to “maintain the peace” at the request of both Nazi factions.

Reports that a night operator on the freight elevator had been subjected to a physical attack could not be verified at the precinct station-house, which had no record of the incident.

Neither Dr. Schnuch, titular national president of the “Friends,” nor Haegele, leader of the revolt which hopes to depose him, would divulge what steps were planned to clarify the situation.


An informant who asked that his name be withheld, however, declared that Schnuch will ask an injunction, through Walter Van Sickle, counsel for the “Friends,” against operation of the Beobachter plant by the Haegele forces.

It was difficult to predict Friday night which faction will gain eventual ascendancy over Manhattan and the Bronx, which hold within their confines the disputed territory.


On the basis that “possession is nine points of the law” Haegele appeared to have the upper hand, for the time being, at least, since his men were in control of the Beobachter’s printing plant and included in their group every former Manhattan official of the Friends.

Among the heads which figuratively rolled in the dust by order of Schnuch were those of Ludwig Glaser, former business manager of the organization’s New York district, and Gerhard Procht, former employment manager of the district.


In the Bronx, according to an edict handed down by Joseph Schuster, “Friends” eastern district leader, “the following persons were relieved of their {SPAN}p##ts{/SPAN}… on account of gross offenses against the principles of the League”:

Fritz Schroeder, Richard Dessecker, Hans Gruber, Ferdinand Schreiber, Albin Machold, Willy Gengenbach and Paul Scholz.

In addition to these men every Manhattan district official has been discharged by Schnuch. All have cast their lot with Haegele.

Schnuch’s contingent in Manhattan now consists entirely of lay members, who compared the fight with the “Roehm revolt” in Germany which ended in wholesale executions last June.


The Beobachter, which according to usual schedule was to have been published Friday night, did not appear at that time. Haegele’s men said a paper would be ready for sale by Saturday morning and evidenced their intention of working all night to make good their promise.

There was some speculation as to whether this publication would bear the masthead of the Deutscher Beobachter, to which, Schnuch declares, Haegele is not entitled.

Louis Zahne, who suffered a heart attack Wednesday night during an impassioned appeal for the Schnuch cause, was reported resting comfortably Friday by Dr. Ignatz T. Griebl, attending physician.

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