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Source: New York Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Hearst Hanged in Three Places”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 14
Issue number: 5042
Pagination: 4

“Hearst Hanged in Three Places.” New York Press 20 Sept. 1901 v14n5042: p. 4.
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William Randolph Hearst (hanged, burned, etc., in effigy); Emma Goldman (hanged, burned, etc., in effigy); McKinley assassination (public response: Long Island City, NY); McKinley assassination (public response: Brooklyn, NY); New York Journal; lawlessness (mob rule: Long Island City, NY); yellow journalism; lawlessness (mob rule: Brooklyn, NY).
Named persons
Emma Goldman; William Randolph Hearst.


Hearst Hanged in Three Places


Swung from Entrance of Long Island City High School.
Figure of Emma Goldman Accompanied Yellow Journal’s Editor in Mock Lynching.

     In three places in Greater New York—two in Brooklyn and one in Long Island City—William R. Hearst was hanged in effigy yesterday. In Brooklyn the hanging of Hearst was accompanied by the hanging of Emma Goldman.
     In Long Island City the disapproval of Yellow Journals was shown in a manner that long will be remembered. An effigy of Hearst was suspended from a tree at the entrance of the Long Island High School, and while it hung there men and boys formed scouting parties for persons found reading or carrying his paper.
     The papers were torn from the hands and pockets of those upon whom they were found and ripped to pieces. There was great excitement, and the police, evidently fearing that the crowd would become more unruly, quickly dispersed it, but not until every copy of the Journal in the neighborhood was seized and torn to pieces.
     As in other cities throughout the country, the day in Long Island City had been observed solemnly and with respect. Every one was discussing the death and funeral of the President. One group of men and boys, who live near the High School, stood near the school, conversing in low tones.


     Suddenly half a dozen of the crowd disappeared, but returned in a few minutes with a dummy made of an old suit of clothing stuffed with straw. Around its neck was tied a rope, and on the breast was fastened a placard, which read:
     “Owner and editor of the Yellow Journal, William R. Hearst.”
     When the rest of the group saw the effigy they quickly grabbed the end of the rope and threw it over the tree in front of the school and in a twinkling had it suspended. It attracted much attention, and many cries of denunciation of Yellows were uttered, and one man in the crowd who had stopped to look at the effigy, held a copy of the Journal in his hand. Others saw it and snatched the paper and tore it into pieces. The one from whom the paper was seized quickly disappeared.
     Some one then suggested that scouting parties for other copies of the paper be formed, and the suggestion met with unanimous approval. Groups of five and six started through the city to find copies of the Journal, and every one they found they destroyed.


     They snatched many from the bands of readers before they could recover from their surprise, but no protests were heard. After the scouting parties had been out about half an hour, in which time they caused much excitement, men and women were seen to take copies of the Journal from their pockets and throw them into the street. Their action was applauded, but it did not satisfy the crowd. The papers were picked up again and ripped and then trampled on.
     The police then arrived in no great hurry and dispersed the crowd, but the effigy hung for an hour afterward.
     The police then pulled it down, and the crowd jumped on it and kicked and tore it apart amid a chorus of groans.


     Swinging side by side, in the stiff breezes that blew in from seaward, with mocking crowds gathered beneath, pelting the targets of their indignation with the refuse of the street, effigies of Wil[l]iam R. Hearst and Emma Goldman were hanged in two sections of Brooklyn yesterday.
     In both instances it had been the intentions of those who swung the figures to set fire to the hideous counterfeits of the pair, but that portion of the programme was abandoned by reason of police interference.
     High up among the limbs of an old walnut tree that for years has been a landmark in the neighborhood of Jamaica and Cleveland avenues, in the East New York section, the effigies were discovered by passersby at daybreak, and for hours a large and demonstrative crowd gathered around and vented their feel[i]ngs by throwing stones at the two stuffed figures.


     It was among the withered branches of the same ancient landmark that on Monday last an effigy of Hearst of the Journal, suitably labeled, was suspended until finally cut down by the police, as the crowd at that time was preparing for the contemplated mock incineration.


     The above was the inscription whch [sic] the attached cards of yesterday bore, attracting the attention of thousands of passengers in the surface cars.
     In the afternoon, shortly before the hour of the last sad ceremonies at Canton, the police dispersed the noisy throng and destroyed the effigies.
     Another hanging in effigy took place yesterday morning at Bedford avenue and Monroe street. Some time in the n[i]ght persons hung an effigy of William R. Hearst to a Monroe street lamppost. Early in the day the figure was discovered.


     Finally an electric light pole in Bedford avenue was selected, and when the hanging was repeated it was a dual one—a female effigy, representing the Goldman woman, was sent aloft as a companion piece.
     When the pair had been hoisted to the top of the pole four large placards were noticeable adornments of the dummies. They read:
     “This is Hearst, the real assassin of the President.”
     “This is Emma Goldman, the assassin’s accomplice.”
     “Down with Mr. Hearst.”
     “Down with Yellow jo[u]rnalism.”
     So great did the crowd beco[m]e that within an hour traffic was entirely suspended. Every window in the neighborhood was in danger of disaster from the fusil[l]ade of stones and other missiles that assailed the elevated pair.
     The proceedings threatened to develop into the proportions of a small riot when the reserves of the Throop avenue station appeared and dispersed the crowd, confiscated the effigies and permitted traffic to resume.



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