ON THIS DAY – February 18, 1919

A most determined attempt was made on the life of Edward Whiting, an ex pugilist, in the early hours on this day in 1919. No fewer than six revolver bullets were found embedded in his head when he was examined at St Vincent’s Hospital, and only the possession of an exceptionally thick skull saved his life. Whiting refuses to give information to the police regarding the identity of his assailants. He merely states that four or five men were concerned in the affair. He was fired at when lying in bed. A few years earlier a similar attempt was made on his life.