Individuals, who expected to see a retraction on the following day. No retraction appeared on the following day, but, on the contrary, a fuller and more emphatic repetition of the charge.
The next morning, the office was favored by a second visit from the muscular gentlemen.
One of them seized a clerk by the shoulder, and requested to be informed whether he
was the offspring of a female dog who had put that
into the paper, pointing to the offensive article.
The clerk protested his innocence; and the men of muscle swore, that, whoever
put it in, if the next paper did not do them justice, the Bloody Sixth would come down and “smash the office.”
The Tribune of the next day contained a complete history of the riot, and denounced its promoters with more vehemence than on the days preceding.
The Bloody Sixth was ascertained to be in a ferment, and the office prepared itself for defense.
One of the compositors was a member of the City Guard, and through his interest, the muskets of that admired company of citizen—soldiers were procured; as soon as the evening shades prevailed, they were conveyed to the office, and distributed among the men. One of the muskets was placed near the desk of the Editor
, who looked up from his writing and said, he “guessed they wouldn't come down,” and resumed his work.
The foreman of the press-room in the basement caused a pipe to be conveyed from the safety valve of the boiler to the steps that led up to the sidewalk.
The men in the Herald office, near by, made common cause, for this occasion only, with their foemen of the Tribune, and agreed, on the first alarm, to rush through the sky-light to the flat roof, and rain down on the heads of the Bloody Sixth a shower of brick-bats to be procured from the surrounding chimneys.
It was thought, that what with volleys of musketry from the upper windows, a storm of bricks from the roof, and a blast of hot steam from the cellar, the Bloody Sixth would soon have enough of smashing the Tribune office.
The men of the allied offices waited for the expected assault with the most eager desire.
At twelve o'clock, the partners made a tour of inspection, and expressed their perfect satisfaction with all the arrangements.
But, unfortunately for the story, the night wore away, the paper went to press, morning dawned, and yet the Bloody Sixth had not appeared!
Either the Bloody Sixth had thought better of it, or the men of muscle had had no