Thursday, March 08, 2007

Galveston Causeway: Target of sabotage?

On July 12, 1917, a watchman saw someone toss a lighted bomb from a northbound M.K. & T. train after it passed over the Galveston Causeway.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the man grabbed it and threw it into Galveston Bay. In doing so, he ended up burning his hand.

Maxwell Arentzen, a Philadelphia native who was enjoying a free ride on the freight train, was held on charges related to the attempted bombing. But he told authorities he was removed from the train before the bomb was to have been thrown. Investigators told the Chronicle his story appeared credible.

In its coverage, the Houston Press reported that had the bombing been successful, it "would suspend a flow of munitions for the allies through" Galveston.

Southern Pacific and federal officials combed the bay with hooks to find the explosive. No bomb was found in the days following the incident.

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4 Comments:

At 1:58 AM, Blogger Phlip said...

Hmmmm I wonder what the real deal was. Did the watchman describe the bomb? I am imagining the cartoon bowling ball-sized black sphere with long fuse. ;)

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

Hi Phlip!

None of the articles I read described the bomb. But now that you mentioned it, I sort of have this picture like you described with the words "ACME" written on it.

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Kyle said...

Good to see you're settled in back here in the Bayou City and ready to teach again. Welcome back!

 
At 4:04 PM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

Kyle:

Thanks!

 

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