Mobbing and Effigies
Local Disturbances in Several Places, Though the
Police Had to
Interfere Only Once
As darkness gave way to dawn Thursday
morning those who were abroad on the streets of Brookline might
have seen a weird-looking object hanging high in air [sic] near
the corner of Harvard street and Aspinwall avenue. It was a dummy
representation of Czolgosz, the assassin, dangling from a telegraph
pole. The figure bore the inscription, “Czolgosz—Down with Anarchy,”
and no attempt was made to remove it until a patrolman came along
and took it to police headquarters.
In South Boston two effigies of the
assassin were put out. About 9.30 last night a crowd of men and
boys set one up in East Ninth street and touched a torch to it,
and the fire department was unnecessarily called out to extinguish
the flames. Another effigy was attached to the feed wires of the
Boston Elevated Road on Dorchester avenue and before it was removed
it was the subject of much abusive language and a target for more
A barber shop which was opened for
business on Cambridge street, this city, caused more or less excitement.
The Italian proprietor was waited upon by a committee of barbers
who asked him to close his place at 10.30, as the others were doing,
and he was about to consent when someone outside raised the cry
that the man was an Anarchist and should be lynched. Instantly there
was a howling mob who might have done violence to the barber. A
patrolman came along at this time and dispersed the crowd.
At the Brookline street transfer station
in Cambridge a fruit pedler [sic] attempted to do business during
the day. About two o’clock a crowd gathered and threatened to wreck
the place, so the owner closed his doors for the remainder of the
Near the corner of Salem and Cross
streets, North End, two effigies of Emma Goldman and Czolgosz dangled
in the air for two hours Thursday night. A big crowd gathered and
jeered and threw stones, and finally, someone cutting the rope by
which they were suspended, the small boys made short work of the
sawdust stuffed figures.
A crowd on Chelsea street, Charlestown,
last night thought they had an Anarchist and for a time the life
of Henry Greenfeld, thirty-eight years old, was made miserable.
An ambulance was called and the man was taken to the police station,
where it was found that he had several cuts about the head and his
body was badly bruised.
Czolgosz, in the form of a scarecrow-like
effigy, was roughly handled by a crowd of boys at the corner of
Congress avenue and Park streets, Chelsea, last night. The boys
expressed the intention of hanging the effigy to a telegraph pole,
but the police interfered and took it from them.