HOODLUMS AT GISBORNE
WRECK NATURALISED GERMAN'S SHOP. About 9 o'clock on New Year's Eve a number of young men made a demonstration outside "the chop of Mr F. Wohnsiedler, a naturalised German, -who conducts a pork butchery at Gisborne. Stones smashed a big plate glass, window. The crowd, gradually increased in numbers, and stones became more frequent until all the local police were called out to keep the mob in order, and Mr Wohnsiedler. closed his premises and extinguished all the lights. By midnight there were fully 2,000 people surging round the shop, singing patriotic songs, and the police had an unenviable time, there being several ugly rushes. Stones ajid bottles were thrown, in volleys at regular intervals, and as each pane oi ! glass went the crowd cheered lustily. By 1 o'clock yesterday morning. the premises were completely wrecked, every pane of glass in the building being smashed to splinters, while tho interior of the premises wa& also badly knocked about. The police made no arrests, as it was practically impossible in the dense crowd to se? where the missiles came from.
At one stage the Mayor <Mr W. Sherr&tt) was sent for by the police, and he drove up in a motor and attempted to address the crcwd. Ho was unable to obtain a hearing, while a volley of stones, smashed the windshield of the car. The crowd finally dispersed a,bout 2 a.m. The police showed great patience, which undoubtedly averted serious riote.
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HOODLUMS AT GISBORNE, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915