News Caused Riot at Indianapolis
(Special to THE REVIEW.)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 6.—The
attempted assassination of President McKinley created the most intense
excitement in this city, and while it was at its height there came
very near being mob violence on one of the principal streets.
The news was being told from mouth
to mouth, when someone called out in a loud voice: “President McKinley
is shot!” From a nearby crowd someone answered with a strong foreign
accent: “Good!” In an instant the excitement was increased to fever
heat and the man supposed to have uttered the commendatory words
was surrounded and roughly handled, several persons struck him in
the face and punched him in the ribs with their fists.
“Hang him, hang him, hang the d—d
scoundrel,” came a number of voices in chorus, while the man was
protesting that it was not he who used the objectionable word, and
all the time the crowd was becoming more excited and more demonstrative.
At that instant a policeman rushed into the crowd followed quickly
by several others, and the man was led away. He was severely reprimanded
by the police, but there were no charges against him and as a case
could not be made, he was advised to get off the street as quickly
as possible, which he did by darting down an alley and disappearing.
It was afterward said that the man
is a Socialist and that he uttered the words although he denied
them when he saw the furore it had created. No one in the crowd
knew him and his name could not be learned.