100 years ago in The Saratogian: Sept. 15 – New York News

Saturday, Sept. 15, 1917

Police in Ballston Spa arrest three men for a stabbing tonight despite the victim’s initial identification of the wrong men, The Saratogian reports.

“His face and clothing all covered with blood and dirt, Joe DiPascalo rushed up to Chief [James] O’Brien on Saturday night and said he had been attacked by three men and stabbed,” a Ballston Spa correspondent writes.

DiPascalo has been stabbed in his left side and right shoulder, but a local doctor determines that his wounds aren’t serious. He names three attackers, but “later investigation disclosed that he was mistaken in his assailants.”

Instead, O’Brien arrests three brothers – Harry, Quarino and Samuel Decio – who live at Philip Esposito’s Kent Street boarding house. They claim that they acted in self-defense.


“The men claimed that DiPascalo met them at the corner of Washington and Fenwick streets, and drew a revolver, threatening to shoot them over some previous money trouble,” the reporter explains, “They seized him and one of them pulled out his pocket knife and stabbed him. Harry and Samuel Decio will be arraigned tomorrow morning, while Quarino is remanded into Chief O’Brien’s custody after DiPascalo acknowledges that Quarino had tried to prevent the stabbing.


Sergeant Clarence W. Watson and other troops of the 111th U.S. Infantry regiment currently on furlough will get to stay in Saratoga Springs a little while longer, while their comrades will get to stay in downstate New York longer than planned.

Watson received orders…

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