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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Snyder, Christopher (search)
me so obnoxious to the public that on Feb. 23 a mob, mostly of half-grown boys, raised a pole near Lillie's shop, on the top of which was a wooden head with the names of the importers written upon it, and a hand pointing to Lillie's shop. Ebenezer Richardson, a friend of Lillie's, tried to remove the figure, but was driven into Lillie's house by the mob. He soon returned with a musket and fired a random shot which fatally wounded Snyder, who died in the evening of the same day. Snyder's murder 500 children marched before his bier, and his body was taken to the liberty tree, where nearly 1,500 people had convened, while the bells of Boston and neighboring towns were tolled. Accounts of Snyder and his funeral appeared in all the newspapers, and he was hailed as the first martyr to American liberty. Richardson was arrested and declared guilty of murder, but Lieut.-Gov. Thomas Hutchinson declined to sign his deathwarrant, and after spending two years in prison he was freed by the King.