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1879 - Chinamen in a Riot - Scene in a North Adams Shoe Shop - Fighting with American Workmen.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass., July 3. - About 10 o'clock this morning, Elmer Hewett, a pegger in the Chinese work-room, at Sampson's shoe shop, was struck on the back with a shoe-last by a Chinaman. Retaliating, he struck the Chinaman in the face with his fist, knocking him to the floor, senseless, and afterward he was dragged off by his sympathetic countrymen. Immediately, about 40 Chinese operatives seized their shoe-hammers, knives, and lasts, and in a body rushed upon the obnoxious American. Henry Clark, a fellow-workman of Hewett, stepped forward to his assistance, but received a terrible blow on the head with a last thrown by a Chinaman. The blow dazed him for a moment, but recovering, Clark attacked the Chinamen, knocking them around like ten-pins. Meanwhile, the air was full of flying missiles, threatening everybody in a radius of 30 feet. Men who have worked in the shop for years say that never, in there experience, has such a riot occurred, and they have no desire to pass through another. The trouble lasted only about eight minutes, but during that time several Chinamen were rendered partially unconscious, and two or three whites were more or less injured. During the fight the overseers stepped forward to quiet the hostilities, but were unable to restore order, the Chinamen refusing to resume work, and in a body rushed to their quarters, armed themselves with revolvers and anything else handy, but were finally prevailed up on to cast aside their weapons and resume work.

Now, to all appearances, everything is passing along in the usual order, but the feeling among the American workmen is bitter toward the Chinese, and further trouble is feared, but should it occur it will probably be in the streets at some time after working hours.

The New York Times

New York, New York

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