100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Photographed March 3, 1915

23 year-old Amedeo Pulignano, using the name of Frank Buldo, has been infiltrated in the Gaetano Bresci gang since 1914. Although married with a family, he now lives in a furnished room with other anarchists. He has heard conspiracy to destroy St. Patrick’s Cathedral, all the while he fed information to the Bomb Squad at Police Headquarters. Just yesterday, March 2, Pulignano and the anarchists were stopped in St Patrick’s cathedral carrying a bomb. The anarchists were arrested. Amedeo Pulignano could now return to his life.

On March 3, 1915 Pulignano along with his wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Madden sat with reporters from the New York Tribune :

“Pulignano was pounding on the piano, and two of the cousins and two of the young men were dancing.” The reporter asked if there was any fear that the anarchists would retaliate against Amedo.

Mrs.Madden scoffed at the idea. “A jolly, well-set up woman, who looks the world in the face with a courageous smile, she laughed at the notion that her son-in-law might be I danger from vengeful anarchists.”

She told the reporter, “Does that look as if we feared Black Handers or anybody like that?” nodding towards the dancers. “As for me, I’m a suffragette, and suffragettes are not afraid of anything. I wasn’t afraid to march in the suffrage parade, and I’m not afraid to say we’re going to get the vote next November. Would I be afraid of a few ‘reds,’ as they call them?”

Amedeo Pulignano  with his wife (left) his mother-in-law, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Madden on March 3, 1915

Amedeo Pulignano with his wife (left) his mother-in-law, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Madden on March 3, 1915

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