Hearst Hanged in Three Places
Swung from Entrance of Long Island City High School.
TWICE GIBBETED IN BROOKLYN
Figure of Emma Goldman Accompanied Yellow Journal’s Editor in Mock
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
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.
THEN RAIDS BEGAN.
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
“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
KICKED EFFIGY TO PIECES.
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
TWO BROOKLYN HANGINGS.
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.
SAME PLACE AS BEFORE.
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.
WILLIAM R. HEARST
PARTNERS IN CRIME.
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.
A DOUBLE HANGING.
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
“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.