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1,500 In Kosher Riot In Brownsville and Manhattan Italians in Riot: 1902

Violent Demonstrations At Chief Rabbi Joseph's Funeral 1902
 Riot On A Sixth Avenue Elevated Train 1905 and Fight Over Hypnotism: A Small Riot 1909

Many Are Wounded In Brooklyn Riot 1910

Riotous Strike On Coney Lines 1911

Riot When Supply of Coal Gives Out 1917 and The Straw Hat Riot 1922

The Harlem Riot 1943

The Stonewall Police Riot: Gay Rights 1969


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Peter Zenger Trial, 1735 the first instance in New York of an attack on the
Liberty of press and the discomfiture of those who attacked it



Riotous Strike On Coney Lines 1911

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 The news that three strikers arrested earlier in the day had been sentenced to five days in jail each seemed to have little effect on the strikers, some of whom demanded that they be arrested whenever they were jostled or asked to move on by a policeman. The men who received the jail sentences were James Ryan of 428 Union Avenue, said to be one of the leaders in the strike; John Manning of 228 Eighth Street and Cornelius Carter of 225 Tenth Street. They were charged with inciting a riot at Ninth Street and Third Avenue. Carter tried to wrench a fuse out of a car.

More Police For Today

On all sides the scarcity of police sent to preserve order in the strike zone was a matter of comment. Not until dark and after the street car company had announced that it would not attempt to run any more cars until today did the police assemble in sufficient force to control the great mob that made Ninth Street and Third Avenue the base of its operations. Plenty of police to handle any situation that may arise today have been promised. It was said that instead of the handful that failed to keep Ninth Street in order yesterday at least fifty mounted and twice as many foot men will be on duty after 6 o'clock this morning.

At 9 o'clock last night, three hours after the last car had run the gantlet of excited men and boys, the crowd in Ninth Street was apparently just as great as ever. Boys in gangs of ten or a dozen marched up and down the street singing, the strikers and their sympathizers assembled on the corners and speculated on the outcome, while thousands of idlers walked up and down between Third and Fifth Avenues, fighting mosquitoes, hoping to witness, some sort of a scuffle between the strikers and the police before the night was over.

Several times the cry "a car is coming" went up and immediately the street became the scene of a howling crowd. In every instance what the crowd thought was a street car turned out to be some other kind of a vehicle. On two occasions the light that was mistaken for a headlight, was on a patrol wagon. The other times it was automobiles that fooled them.

Another matter that caused unfavorable criticism of the police was the fact that many wagons loaded with rocks intended for paving or concrete purposes were continually passing through Ninth Street yesterday. Between 5 and 6 o'clock in the afternoon, during which hour the company tried to operate several cars, a Times reporter saw no less than a dozen wagons loaded with these dangerous cargoes rumble down the street past the strike headquarters, at Third Avenue. Boys jumped on these wagons, and when they got off they were not empty handed, as was proved by the kind of rocks that were hurled at the cars that swept past the headquarters of the strikers at intervals during the hour that followed. No effort whatever was made to make these rock-laden wagons use some other street. A policeman who deplored the fact that his comrades on strike duty were so few in number dubbed these rock carriers "ammunition wagons," and the title was not inappropriate.

At the strike headquarters last night the leaders said that pressure was being brought to bear on the motormen and conductors of the De Kalb Avenue Line to strike today. The strike leaders seemed to think they had a good chance to get the De Kalb Avenue men out, but they admitted that they were not certain of success and they won't be much surprised if the De Kalb Avenue men hold on to their jobs and refuse to go out in sympathy.

Want Electricians To Go Out

Leaders of the strike said they were doing all in their power to get the electricians and other powerhouse men to go out in sympathy, but the general impression seemed to be that there was little chance of these men going out. Their union is entirely independent of the car men's and they are said to be satisfied with their positions.

The big handicap against which the company is working is said to be the scarcity of available strike breakers. Last night the number who could be relied upon was said to be sixty-four, and not all of these were experienced men. The strikers claimed that at least forty of these men had
deserted their new jobs, and returned to Manhattan on a Hamilton Avenue ferryboat. This, in turn, was denied at the Ninth Street barns of the company.

There was not so much trouble on the Franklin Avenue line as on the Smith Street, although all of the men on this line are out. The only real trouble on that line occurred shortly before 6 o'clock last night, when a motorman, who had remained loyal to the company, decided to be loyal no more, and deserted the car within a block of the Franklin Avenue car barns.

Slow up the car, the motorman turned on full power and then jumped off, taking the controller handle with him. The car without a pilot shot ahead like a rocket and crashed head-on with terrific force into another Franklin Avenue car. Both were wrecked, and blockade that lasted nearly an hour resulted.

The wrecked cars were surrounded by a mob of more than 2,000 men and boys, who amused themselves throwing bricks, rocks, and bottles through the windows.

The men arrested, only two of whom were striking employees of the company, were charged with disorderly conduct. They were Frank Smith, 1717 Greene Avenue; Edward Simms of Snyder Avenue; Alexander Moore, 1197 Flatbush Avenue and Martin J. Hennessey, 789 Franklin Avenue. Another Franklin Avenue car was rocked at Second Avenue and Ninth Street. One rock broke a big window in a corner saloon, but nobody was hurt.

Late last night it was announced that an effort to restore the Coney Island service over the Smith Street and Franklin Avenue lines would be made at 6 o'clock this morning. The police said that there would be plenty of men on hand to protect the cars.

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