U.S. Police swooped on a hidden arms arsenal concealed in the cellar of a house?
U.S. Police swooped on a hidden arms arsenal concealed in the cellar of a house in the Bronx district of New York, November 19.
Destined for the Irish Republican Army, the arsenal included two cannons, a machine gun, hand grenades, bazooka shells, cases of ammunition and small arms. Some of the arms were in a box marked "Product of Canada."
With the arms were do-it-yourself books on how to fight your own battles.
Owner of the cellar, Henry Barrett, 51-year-old newspaper handler, told police he was born in County Cork and had been in sympathy with "The Cause" since he was 15. He went to the U.S. in 1929.
Police moved in after local children, including Barrett's 14-year-old son Patrick, had been seen playing with live ammunition. After Barrett was taken into custody, his lawyer said: "I believe that he is charged with aiding in the transportation of arms and ammunition to occupied north-east Ireland. If that is so, his only crime was to aid in the cause of freedom and I have every faith in his being acquitted."