Boys returning from a baseball game at Tasper Oval
created a riot on a southbound Sixth Avenue elevated
train after nightfall yesterday. They attacked women,
tore off their hats, tugged at their clothes and
insulted them generally, and engaged in hand-to-hand
fights with their escorts. The police of the Tenderloin
station arrested four of the offenders and learned that
they had been with two teams composed of players from
the College of the City of New York and from Francis
The boys took possession of the first two cars of a
south-bound Sixth Avenue train, in charge of Conductor
Henry Hoffman, and proceeded to make themselves at home.
At first they contented themselves with singing. It was
not until the Forty-second Street station was passed
that the gang began open riot. Eight or ten young women,
with their escorts, were compelled to listen to violent
language and ribald songs, and the boys then attacked
the women and spat in the faces of the men with them
when they punched several members of the gang.
Hoffman made ineffectual efforts to suppress the riot
and was attacked by the older members of the crowd. The
electric bulbs which supplied light for the two car
were, the police say, subjected to gross indignities.
When the cars were in darkness the riot grew worse.
Those women who could struggle past the boys and make
their way to the rear cars did so. Their escorts were
left in the fighting mob. Baseball bats were drummed
against the backs and tops of the seats, and several
women who were imprisoned in the first car were, the
police say, treated to gross indignities.
The motorman blew his whistle repeatedly, and by the
time the train, which went very slowly, drew into the
Thirty-third Street station, one Roundsman and four
patrolmen were waiting. The rowdies opened windows and
climbed over the edge of the station platform. Some of
them clambered down the elevated pillars and some ran
across the tracks to the uptown platform.
Four were taken prisoners. At the West Thirtieth Street
Station they said they were Thomas O'Neill, sixteen
years old, of 156 West Twentieth Street: Lawrence
Malvaney, fifteen years old, of 167 West Nineteenth
Street; Isadore Prince, fifteen years old, of 54 Eighth
Avenue, and Adolph Steinberg, sixteen years old, of 49
East Ninth Street.
While the train stood at the Thirty-third Street station
several trains following it were compelled to stop, and
there was a delay in traffic of about fifteen minutes.
The police could not induce any of the passengers to go
to the station house to make complaint against the
prisoners. They said they could not identify any one boy
upon whom to fasten specific charges.
Inspector Henry Hoffman of 2, 432 Eighth Avenue made a
charge of disorderly conduct against each of the
arrested boys. O'Neill said he is a son of Police
Sergeant O'Neill of the West Twentieth Street Station.
Fight Over Hypnotism: A Small Riot 1909
Seven Young Men Start a Small Riot. Police Reserves Out.
An argument as to the merits of a hypnotic act performed
at a vaudeville house in this city at the close of the
performance yesterday afternoon was followed by a fist
fight, in which seven well-dressed young
men participated, and it resulted in the calling out of
the reserves from the West Sixty-eighth Street Station
to disperse, a crowd of more than 1,000 persons.
The young men met at Broadway and Sixty-third Street and
began a heated argument over a hypnotist act they had
"I know the act is a fake," one declared.
"Its genuine," shouted the second. "I was hypnotized by him myself and I
ought to know."
Word followed word until soon the two young men were
exchanging blows. The fight continued down Broadway to
Sixty-second street, where two other young men,
recognizing a friend in one of the combatants, joined in
the fight. At this juncture another young man went to
the aid of the one whom the three were thumping. A
moment later two others were in the midst of the
battle. Soon they were surrounded by a howling mob of
1,000 men and boys and women.
Although the two young men fought gamely against the
five, one went down under the shower of blows and, left
alone, the champion of the hypnotist took to his heels
through Sixty-second street with his five enemies in
close pursuit. The young man ran into a restaurant in
Avenue and escaped by a rear door. A traffic policeman
kept the five pursuers from following him.
Some one had telephoned to Police Headquarters that a
riot was in progress, and the West Sixty-eighth Street
reserves soon arrived and scattered the crowd.