League of Nations

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The Austro-Hungarian Heir-Presumptive, the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated yesterday morning at Serajevo, the capital of Bosnia. The actual assassin is described as a high school student, who fired bullets at his victims with fatal effect from an automatic pistol as they were returning from a reception at the Town Hall. The outrage was evidently the fruit of a carefully-laid plot. On their way to the Town Hall the Archduke and his Consort had narrowly escaped death. An individual, described as a compositor from Trebinje, a garrison town in the extreme south of Herzegovina, had thrown a bomb at their motor-car. Few details of this first outrage have been received. It is stated that Archduke warded off the bomb with his arm, and that it exploded behind the car, injuring the occupants of the second carriage. The author of the second outrage is stated to be a native of Continue...


Thereupon the assassin fired three shots from a pistol. The Archduke and the Duchess of Hohenberg were rapidly conveyed to General Potiorek's official residence. He had an enthusiastic send-off from his subjects in Vienna and an even more enthusiastic reception on reaching Ischl. The national flags have been hauled down, and black emblems have been hoisted in their stead. The perpetrator was seized by the crowd and severely mauled. No information as to his race or creed is yet forthcoming. While this tragedy was being enacted in the Bosnian capital, the aged Emperor Francis Joseph was on his way from Vienna to his summer residence at Ischl. When the motor-car conveying the Archduke and his Consort reached the Town Hall his Imperial Highness said to the Mayor: "What is the good of your speeches I come to Serajevo on a visit, and I get bombs thrown at me. He is a young printer, 20 years of age, Nedjeliko Cabrinovitch by name, and a native of Herzegovina, belonging to the Serb-Orthodox faith.