Although 40,000 tons of coal arrived yesterday at
New Jersey tidewater points for distribution in New York
City, only a small amount of the consignment reached the
city owning chiefly to the fact that the commodity had
become frozen while in transit and time was required to
break the lumps small enough to be handled in barges.
Riots at several yards resulted.
Most of the trouble centered in the Williamsburg and
Brownsville section of Brooklyn. A crowd estimated at
2,000, mostly women, some of them with children in their
arms, stormed the coal yards of S. Tuttle's Son & Co. in
Williamsburg and demanded that coal be sold. Bricks,
stones, dishpans, and scuttles were hurled at employees,
window panes and wagons. Several rioters were knocked
down and trampled upon and others came out with torn
clothing and hats missing. Many window panes in the
Tuttle offices were shattered before the police reserves
from the Clymer Street Station arrived and scattered the
Another outbreak was at the yards of Rubel Brothers, at
Glenmore Avenue and Junius Street, East New York. S.
Tuttle of the Williamsburg concern said last night that
as soon as he received a new consignment of coal he
would dispose of it in small lots as formerly in
preference to selling it to industrial concerns.
Although fuel conditions were acknowledged in local
official circles yesterday to be rather discouraging,
announcement was made that 20,000 tons were now on their
way here from the mines, this being in addition to the
40,000 tons now at tidewater points adjacent to the
city. Reeve Schley, Federal Fuel Administrator, said
that part of the new consignment had already reached
Jersey City and would be started across the Hudson River
on barges within a few hours. He made it plain, however,
that New York was not yet out of danger from the fuel
Mr. Schley said that he believed that the action taken
at Washington on Tuesday in diverting coal to New York
would bring relief, J.A. Hall, Deputy Fuel Distributor
for the Bronx, had expected to distribute 4,000 tons of
coal among the yards in that borough yesterday, but
instead received only 1,500 tons.
There were 230 deaths in the five boroughs from noon
Tuesday up to noon yesterday, and according to the
Health Department, of this number thirty-nine were due
The Straw Hat Riot-1922
Gangs of young hoodlums ran riot in various parts of the
city last night, smashing unseasonable straw hats and
trampling them in the street. In some cases, mobs of
hundreds of boys and young men terrorized whole blocks.
Complaints poured in upon the police from men whose hats
were stolen and destroyed. But as soon as the police
broke up the gangs in one district, the hoodlums resumed
their activities elsewhere.
A favorite practice of the gangsters was to arm
themselves with sticks, some with nails at the tip, and
compel men wearing straw hats to run a gauntlet.
Sometimes the hoodlums would hide in doorways and dash
out, ten or twelve strong, to attack one or two men.
Along Christopher Street, on the lower west side, the
attackers lined up along the surface car tracks and
yanked straw hats off the heads of passengers as the
The street where such incidents occurred were strewn
with broken straw hats. Hat stores which kept open last
night were crowded with purchasers of hats.
One complaint was made of a gang swarming on an open
street car and attacking the passengers to get their
hats. A man who said he was E.C. Jones, a promoter of 70
West 93rd Street, telephoned to the Times that this
happened when he was riding uptown on an Amsterdam
avenue car between 135th and 136th Street about 9
o'clock last night. He said the car was attacked by a
group of boys who later disappeared in a mob of about
1,000 who were destroying straw hats along Amsterdam
Avenue. Jones said he complained at the West 152d Street
Station and the mob was dispersed.
The police were kept busy trying to protect people on
Third, Lexington and Park Avenues, between 102d and
125th Streets. Even Plain clothes policemen King and
Lamour of Inspector Sweeney's staff were walking down
Third Avenue when ten or twelve boys armed with sticks
dashed out of doorways near 109th Street. The officers
caught eight of the youngsters and took them to the East
104th Street Station. As they were all under 15 years of
age, they were not arrested. Lieutenant Lenihan lectured
them and sent for their parents, recommending a good
spanking for their offspring. He also warned the boys
that if they were brought in again for the same offense
they would be locked up.
Acting Detective Sergeant Brindizi was attacked by a
gang at 102d Street and Third Avenue and his hat thrown
into the street. He ran after his tormentors, was
tripped and fell headlong into the gutter. He arrested
Leo Cohen, 34, who gave his address as 71 West Fiftieth
Street, as the tripper. Cohen was taken to the East
104th Street Station on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Harry Gerber, 25, of 69 East 115th Street went to Harlem
Hospital for treatment for injuries received in fighting
off straw hat vandals at 115th Street and Park Avenue.
When a crowd of boys tried to seize his hat he put up a
fight and was badly beaten and kicked.