unite all forces in German-American-dom under one banner.
Whether the Schnuch forces will be able to continue in the saddle of the national organization, now that Haegele has the whip hand with the Beobachter, is problematical. It was learned yesterday that Fritz Gissibl, president of the Chicago “Friends,” is speeding here to take up the cudgels on behalf of his ally.
While the Haegele “putschists,” who late last week seized control of the Beobachters composing room at 305 East Forty-sixth street, were able to issue the publication, the Schnuch faction was still in charge of its editorial and business offices in the same building. The same crew of husky young Nazis affiliated with Dr. Schnuch were in barricaded possession of the quarters.
Haegele, however, yesterday informed. The Bulletin that he had served a dispossess notice on the occupants Saturday and that they would be out by Wednesday, leaving him in undisputed control of the entire plant, which he claims is his property legally.
While the battle over leadership of the “Friends” and the Beobachter was raging, Yorkville spent the weekend in heated disputes. Announcement of the Haegele victory was the signal for an outbreak of scores of fist fights between adherents of both sides on the sidewalks and in the cafes of the Nazi sector.
Throughout Yorkville, also, rumors were rife that the sensational revolt of the Haegele faction was linked to the Bruno Hauptmann case. Unverified reports have long been floating around the city that Joseph Schuster, Schnuch’s right hand man, has been collecting a huge defense fund for the Lindbergh kidnaping and murder suspect.
In Jewish circles where developments of the last few days have attracted widespread attention, it is feared that the Haegele victory presages a renewal of the bitter anti-Semitic drive that had been checkmated with the rout of the Deutsche Zeitung, the Beobachter’s predecessor.
It is considered certain that an intense drive to revive the dying DAWA, local anti-Jewish boycott organization, will be launched immediately by the Haegele faction. A recrudescence of the rabidly anti-Semitic features that brought the downfall of the Zeitung is also looked for under the new Beobachter leadership.
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When asked yesterday bluntly about the future policy of the “Friends” with respect to the Jewish issue, Haegele answered evasively but left no doubt as to his stand.
“It’s funny,” he declared, “that Dr. Schnuch had to give out an official statement on his side of the quarrel to The Jewish Daily Bulletin.”
In the front page announcement of the Haegele victory, an unsigned editorial states that the “fate of the organization (Friends of New Germany) is in the hands of Anton Haegele.”
“The misrule of the Schnuch faction,” it continues, “smells to the high heavens. It placed in peril the very existence of the Friends of New Germany.