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Disturbances Which Were Called Riots In Earlier Times 1855

The Great New York Police Riot 1857 and The Five Points Riot of New York 1857
The Staten Island Riot: The Quarantine Conflagration September 2, 1858

The Staten Island Riot: The Quarantine War September 3, 1858

The Astor Place Riot 1859 and A Riot Among The Soldiers of the Third Regiment Irish Brigade 1861

Mob Excitement in Brooklyn 1861

The Draft Riot in New York City 1863 Part I: President Lincoln's Proclamations

The Draft Riot in New York City 1863 Part II: Bounties/Substitutes

The Draft Riot in New York City 1863 Part III: The New York Draft Riot

The Colored Orphan Asylum Riot 1863

The Orangemen Riot 1870-1871 and Near Riot at Tompkins Square 1877

Mob Attacks Meyer's Saloon 1893

Riot Preceded the Parade of Cloakmakers 1894

College Boys Cause A Riot and A Race Riot On The West Side of Manhattan 1900


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Walter Hines Page, American journalist and diplomat. After he became a partner in the publishing firm of Doubleday, Page & Co., he founded in 1900 the magazine "World's Week."



College Boys Cause A Riot and A Race Riot on the West Side of Manhattan 1900

SERIOUS TROUBLE AT NINTH REGIMENT ARMORY over a Baseball Game. Attempt Made to Seize Arms.

1.The indoor baseball game played last evening between teams from the College of the City of New York and the Ninth Regiment at the armory in West Fourteenth Street ended in a Riot. The college boys and their adherents were not satisfied with the decision of the umpire in the second half of the fifth inning. The first protest was made to the umpire direct. This had no effect, and some of the college boys started in to make things lively. Their first move was to threaten the umpire. This was followed by a more serious demonstration, when a crowd of the students rushed to one end of the drill floor and tried to break open the cases in which the guns are kept. The protests against the umpire's decision had excited the students to such an extent that a crowd of those who had been sitting in the galleries rushed down to the drill floor and joined with the others in the attempted raid on the guns.

Meanwhile members of the Ninth Regiment, under the direction of an armorer, had gathered near the guns and were doing their best to prevent the students from breaking open the cases. Some one called the nearest policemen, who by persuasion and threats of arrest succeeded in clearing the armory. A group of college boys stood on the street in front of the building for some time waiting for the umpire who had incurred their displeasure. The man was taken out of one of the other doors by the police, however, and escaped the threatened trouble.

At the time of the outbreak the score stood 11 to 9 in favor of the regiment team. The college boys up to that inning had held the score a tie, and the protest was against a decision of the umpire's which admitted 2 runs against them.

The only serious damage done as a result of the trouble was the wrecking of the large blackboard on which the score was posted. The umpires, against whom the college boys became incensed were Messers. Lichtenstein and Jenks. As a result of the trouble orders will be issued by Col. Morris of the Ninth Regiment that the members shall not play with outside teams in future.

A Race Riot On The West Side of Manhattan 1900

A disturbance which had its inception in race prejudice broke out on the West Side of Manhattan, in the district embraced between Twenty-eighth and Forty-second streets and Seventh and Tenth avenues, about 11 o'clock last night and lasted until nearly 3 o'clock this morning. It grew to the proportions of a riot between whites and negroes and the services of nearly 700 of the police reserves under Chief Devery and Acting Captain Cooney were required to restore order. So serious did the affair become at one time that the chief instructed the Brooklyn police precinct commanders to have their reserves in readiness to join him in Manhattan at any time.

In the course of the riot nearly sixty persons mostly colored, were injured, many of them severely, and some thirty-five were arrested and locked up. There is much uncertainty as to how the row started, but it is generally agreed that the death of Policeman Robert J. Thorpe of the West Thirty-seventh street station had much to do with the affair.

Thorpe made an effort, early Sunday morning, to arrest May Eao, a negress, at Eighth avenue and Forty-first street. The black woman's lover, Arthur Harris, attacked Thorpe. He had a razor and cut Thorpe three times in the stomach and escaped. Thorpe died on Monday.

The body of the dead policeman was taken to the home of his sister, Lizzie Thorpe, 481 Ninth avenue, last night. The hearse had hardly driven away when Thorpe's friends began to arrive for the wake. Considerable liquor was consumed and a yearning for revenge began to rise in the breasts of Thorpe's friends, which gradually extended to the entire colored race. A woman, evidently intoxicated, issued from the house and raised an outcry for vengeance on Thorpe's murderer, and she was soon joined by men and women similarly stimulated.

An attack was made on the first passing colored man and this was repeated. The negroes who fled got off easy: these who resisted were brutally handled. The infection of riot and destruction extended to certain gangs of white loafers, who infest the neighborhoods, notably that known as the "Hell's Kitchen Gang," and they readily joined in the assaults upon the negroes. "Kill the niggers" was the slogan of the lower west side for blocks around.

Finally the disturbance assumed such proportions that the policemen on beat realized that they could not cope with it and they telephoned to Acting Captain Cooney. The captain not only turned out the west Thirty-seventh street reserves, but called up Police Headquarters, and from that point the policemen on reserve in West Twentieth street, West Thirtieth street and even as far up as West Forty-seventh street were routed out and ordered to the scene of riot. For the next hour the streets were filled with the sound of flying, clanging patrol wagons, ambulances, the rushing of angry thousands, the shrieking of women, the lamentations of children.

From that time until 3 clock the police found they had all that they could do to subdue the crowd. Driven from one neighborhood the mob surged into other streets, searched tenements for colored men and women whom they dragged forth and proceeded to kick and pound all over the streets until the victims were rescued by a rush of the police.


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