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The Tragedy of Serajevo: The Arrest of the Assassins

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The first attempt on the lives of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife was made by Nedjeliko Cabrinovitch, aged twenty, a printer by trade, and a native of Herzegovina belonging to the Serb Orthodox faith. After throwing the bomb he jumped over the parapet into the river, and was captured with some difficulty. He was described as a notorious ne’er-do-well, who has been in Montenegro and Belgrade.

Gavrilo Princip, who fired the fatal shots at the royal pair after they left the Town Hall, is a Bosniak High School student, aged nineteen. Before firing, it is said he threw a bomb, which did not explode. His crime was committed at the corner of the quay and Franz Josefsgasse, where the street is very narrow. Princip was expelled from Bosnia some years ago for taking part in a pro-Serb demonstration. But for the police, Princip would have been lynched by the crowd. Both he and Cabrinovitch assumed a cynical air on being examined after their arrest.


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Issue 3925. - Vol CXLV

Jul, 11 1914

Illustrated London News