THE SECOND AVENUE RAILROAD DISTURBANCE
ORIGIN OF THE DIFFICULTY – FULL PARTICULARS OF THE OUTRAGE
The Seventeenth ward, in the neighborhood of Second avenue, between Sixteenth and twenty-sixth streets, was the scene of much rioting and disturbance on Sunday evening in consequence of a difficulty which occurred between some of the employees of the Railroad Company and a gang of well known rowdies residing in the above locality. These rowdies, it appears, hail from a spot bounded by the above mentioned streets, known by the name of Mackenelville. They have always defied the police, and been continually at war with the more peaceable inhabitants of that district. Some days ago a couple of the gang were ejected from one of the second avenue railroad cars on refusing to pay their fare. They swore vengeance against the conductor and driver, and said they would watch them closely and have satisfaction for the imaginary insult offered them
Accordingly, on Sunday a party of about fifteen of the rascals conducted a plan to catch the conductor and driver who had offended them. They got into all the cars and scrutinized the countenances of the officers of the railroad closely, with the hope of coming across the persons they were in search of. But fortunately the conductor and driver who had caused their anger were not on the lower……………
THE FOURTH OF JULY RIOTS
QUIET RESTORED IN THE METROPOLIS.
THE RIOTERS ON TRIAL
&c., &c., &c.
Peace and quietness had been restored to the riotous districts of the Sixth, Seventh and Thirteenth wards, and no further trouble need be anticipated by the good people of Gotham. The Dead Rabbits and the Bowery boys have decided to postpone further hostilities independently, so the timid residents of the up town wards can rest easy. There will be no further fighting for a “term” at least as Mr. Merriman would say. Some difficulty was anticipated last evening during the letting off of the fireworks in the Park, but everything turned off quietly, and at no time during the evening was there any manifestations of a disorderly perfidious nature on the part of those from whom some grievance aspected a repetition of Saturday’s and Sunday’s work.
As of the rioters convicted in the Court of Special Functions yesterday, but were remanded for sentence by Justice Cuboine. One of the prisoners was discharged for lack of evidence. The remainder of the prisoners were remanded for trial until next Thursday.
Coroners Perry and Connery were busily engaged yesterday in holding inquests upon the bodies of the unfortunate slain victims in the Sixth ward riots.
Letters to the Editor in this issue:
“THE DEAD RABBIT CLUB.”
To the Editor of the Herald.
July 7, 1857
Several of the city journals have called the “Dead Rabbit Club,” or “The Roach Guard,” a gang of thieves, pickpockets, Five Pointers, &c. Now, I hereby offer a reward of $25 to anyone who will prove that a single member of that guard (by the way, there is no such club as the Dead Rabbits) is a Five Pointer, or thief, or a pickpocket. I am willing to submit the question to the decision of any Police Justice of this city. I also hold myself ready to deposit : the $25 in your hands (pardon my assurance) at any moment you may call for it, in the event of the offer being accepted.
MARCUS HARBALT, 25 Mulberry street.
P.S. – Allow me to say of the young men composing that guard that they are , one and all, honest, industrious and hardworking men, most of whom possess a trade which they follow for a living.
Yea. And there is no Mafia!
THE SIXTH WARD RIOT.
46 First Street, July 7, 1857.
Jas. G. Bennett, Esq., Editor herald: -
In your edition of this morning I noticed the name of my father, Mr. Harvey N. Hitchcock, reported in your “Corrected list of killed and wounded” at the riot in the Sixth ward as being mortally wounded. This, I am happy to state is incorrect. My father was on duty with his detachment at the office No. 88 White street, and when ordered to the scene of the riot, at about five o’clock on Saturday last. At that time he received the injuries which since have confined him to his bed. The injuries, though not considered dangerous, consist of several severe cuts upon his head, and with care and quiet repose it is hoped he will soon be able to resume his duties.
BEN. W. HITCHCOCK.
THE NINTH REGIMENT.
The Ninth Regiment of the New York State Militia was on duty on Sunday last. It was stationed in the Eagle drill rooms, corner of Christie and Delancey streets, on Sunday evening, and remained there until two o’clock on Monday morning. It was thus dismissed by Gen. Hall who was accompanied by the Adjutant General, the Commissary General and Lieut. Col. Sandford.