their overwhelming numbers, the mob could not withstand this onset of a disciplined force.
Step by step, they were driven back three blocks.
By the time Forty-sixth street was reached, however, Sergeant McCredie
's little band was thoroughly exhausted.
The expected reinforcements did not arrive.
A large body of rioters, who had slipped out of the way into Forty-fifth street, seeing the paltry number of police before whom they were retreating, emerged again into the avenue, in rear of the latter, thus hemming them in on every side.
Fighting was no longer in the question.
The brave little force broke and fled, every man seeking his own safety, and all eventually escaped, though nearly every one of the party was severely beaten and wounded.
This first triumph of the mob was achieved about noon.
The excitement had spread rapidly through the city, and at that hour Third avenue, from the Cooper Institute to Forty-sixth street, was black with human beings-the sidewalks, housetops and windows being all crowded with rioters, or spectators.
It was estimated that fifty thousand persons were thus congregated within the stretch of thirty blocks along the avenue.
The attention of the mob having been drawn away in the manner related from the building they had set on fire, the firemen succeeded in subduing the flames, after four houses had been burned to the ground.
It is deserving of notice that, while these terrible scenes were being enacted in the Ninth district, the draft in the Eighth district, at 1190 Broadway
, under Captain Manierre
, was going on without molestation.
It was adjourned at noon, and the policemen in attendance hastened to the aid of their comrades on the east side.
In the meantime the work of destruction progressed, but in an irregular and desultory manner, clearly indicating the absence of previous arrangement.
The news of the uprising, as it spread through those portions of the city where the low Irish dwelt, stirred up the dregs of the population, and they came thronging forth in great numbers, so that at almost every turn a mob was discernible.
Splitting up into several sections, as different objects attracted them, they would rejoin and separate without apparently any concert of action.
A shout and a cry in one direction would call off a throng, while a similar shout in another direction would attract a portion thither.
The armory, at the corner of Second avenue and Twenty-first street, was captured from the police detailed to hold it, and the rioters, after arming themselves, destroyed all the material they could not carry away.
Several of the attacking party were killed in this encounter.
One detachment started for Captain Manierre
's drafting office, at the corner of Broadway and Twentyninth