VIENNA, June 29, 1914 (UP) -- The map of Europe may be altered by the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, crown Prince of Austria, and his beautiful wife, the Duchess Sophia of Hohenberg.
The Austro-Hungarian empire today faces danger of dissolution. Possibility of a war by Austria upon Servia, that would make the whole Balkan region red with carnage, is looming strong.
Only the balance of power among the great nations of Europe has for years warded off Austrian war against Servia. Now Austria has an excuse for that war, as the heir apparent to her throne has been slain by the hand of a Servian, Gavrio Prinzip, a student nineteen years old.
The assassination took place yesterday in the streets of Sarajevo, capital of the province of Bosnia, which had been annexed, together with the adjoining province of Herzegonia, by Austria in 1908, in the face of violent Servian opposition.
Shortly before the assassination, another Servian, Nedeljo Gabrinovics, twenty-one, attempted the lives of the crown prince and his wife by hurling a bomb. The prince warded it off with his arm. Eight others were hurt when it exploded under the carriage behind that in which the prime was riding.
Following this attempt on their lives, the royal couple went to their formal reception at the town hall, and were going to the hospital to see the wounded when the double tragedy was enacted.
Today there are charges that a widespread assassination plot existed among the Serbians.
Under mutual law vigorous search was pursued today at Sarajevo for those the police believe were concerned in the plot of assassination. Several score arrests have already been made, including a number of women.
The authorities claim to have complete and conclusive evidence of careful organization of the work of the assassins. All of those arrested today were Serbians or Bosnians.
The remains of the assassin's victims were embalmed today. The bodies will probably be brought to Vienna tomorrow.
The assassins were captured and nearly lynched by mobs before the police seized them. Prinzip and Gabrinovics, a compositor, both say they were inspired to do something for the nationalistic cause. They seem to regard their own fates with cynical indifference.