LONDON, May 7, 1913 (UP) -- A business-like bomb with clockwork and battery attachment which was found under the bishop's throne in St. Paul's Cathedral to-day by a verger, is believed to the home office to be the work of suffragettes. Another bomb was found by the police in Bouverie street, opposite the building of the Evening Star and close by Temple Chambers.
The Cricket pavilion in Bishops park, Fulham, was entirely consumed by fire and suffragette literature scattered in the park gave the police a clue to the incendiaries.
Two bungalows at Bex Hill and a house in Finchley Road, all unoccupied, also were burned during the night.
The cathedral verger who found the infernal machine plunged it into a bucket of cold water, and then turned it over to policemen who took it to the home office for examination by Mr. McKenna's explosive experts. The attendant was attracted to the chancel of the church by the ticking of a clock. He was dusting nearby, about twenty minutes before time for the daily opening of St. Paul's and it struck him as a strange sound. Investigation showed a parcel under the chancel wrapped in brown paper, from which came the ticking.
Unwrapping it the verger found a cubical receptacle of iron about six inches square with alarm clock and battery attached, a contrivance similar to the bombs use by American iron workers in dynamiting.
At the home office the officials were reticent, but let it be understood that the bomb was filled with high explosive, nails and scraps of iron. They said it was powerful enough to have destroyed the entire altar, choir and organ.
The bomb could not have exploded at any time during the day without endangering many lives.
Home Secretary McKenna was greatly perturbed when informed of the bomb, for St. Paul's was supposed to be under the most rigid surveillance. For several weeks the cathedral has been under daily and nightly guard by Scotland Yard detectives, who were supposed to keep out all suspicious people.
Scotland Yard immediately suspected suffragettes of placing the bomb, though no clue to the possible perpetrators of the outrage was found by the verger.
That the bomb was man-made, police experts say there is no doubt. It is no amateur affair made from a canister as was the one left at the Grand Hotel yesterday by Ada Ward. The St. Paul's bomb is the result of skilled workmanship and a thorough knowledge of electricity, mechanics and explosives. The bomb found near the Evening Star office was not so elaborate. It was made from a canister and had a lighted fuse attached.
"Votes for women" placards and pamphlets were found near all the early morning fires so that the police had little doubt that women were responsible for them.
Experts of the Home Office this afternoon said that the St. Paul's bomb was filled with nitro-glycerine and undoubtedly would have wrecked the ancient edifice, had it exploded. They said that the clock was timed to discharge the bomb about the time the verger found it and that a defect in the mechanism prevented its explosion.