2

Negro Soldiers Mobbing German Citizens of Detroit.

Murderous Assaults, Riot, Theft, Burglary, &c.

[From the Detroit Tribune.]

It becomes our painful but necessary duty to record another series of disgraceful proceedings committed by drunken colored soldiers. About 11 o'clock last night some twenty-five or thirty belonging to the 1st Michigan colored regiment, entered a saloon kept by Mr. John Hollsteien, where they drank several times. As they were about to depart, one of the number helped himself to about a half box of cigars, which he put in his pocket. Mr. Hollsteien remonstrated with him for his conduct, which proved of no avail. Some words passed, when the negro who had the cigars, seized a tumbler and struck Mr. H. a violent blow in the face, cutting several horrid gashes and seriously injuring his left eye.

Another soldier then picked up a large stone pitcher that stood upon the bar, and struck Mr. Frank Rohnert, a German, 66 years of age, on the head, cutting him very severely, and knocking him senseless to the floor. A second blow broke his spectacles, driving, it is heard, a portion of the glass into the ball of his eye. Not content with this shocking brutality, the party commenced an attack upon the building, smashing all the windows, and more or less riddling it. Three small children who were in bed at the time in a back room, barely escaped being killed. Several paving stones were hurled through the windows and fell upon the bed. Another child was sitting near the stove, which also has a narrow escape from death. A large stone struck the chair and shattered it to pieces, throwing the child to the floor. Mrs. Hollsteien sought refuge under the bed, thus escaping unharmed. The building was then entered by a large hang of the soldiers, and all the liquor carried from the bar, together with six or eight boxes of cigars, and all the balls from the billiard tables.

From the above locality, the rioters proceeded to Mr. Shoeppe's saloon, corner of Pivad and Crogan streets, where they committed a series of depredations, breaking windows and carrying off a quantity of liquor. Mr. Shoeppe, however, drove the assailants from his saloon by the aid of a musket and bayonet, aided by the good counsels of Justice Kuhn, who happened to be in the saloon at the time. Attempts were, however, made upon Mr. Kuhn, but nothing serious was accomplished.

The saloon kept by P. Drerelious, on the corner of Macomb and Russell streets, was next visited. The proprietor and his family were in bed, who refused admittance to the soldiers. As they could not get into the saloon, they remained outside, and satisfied themselves by battering the windows and shutters with stones, clubs and other missiles, pretty effectually demolishing them.

All this time intelligence had been communicated to the barracks of the regiment that murder was being committed. The officers immediately started for the scene of the disturbance, but before they arrived, the riotous soldiers had dispersed, and all attempts to find out where they had gone proved fruitless. The injured men were found, and the surgeons did all they could to alleviate their suffering. Their wounds were properly dressed, and where occasion required it they were sown up. This morning the wounded are much better, although it is feared two of them will lose their sight. The officers are highly praised for their action in the matter, by those immediately interested.

Notwithstanding the fact that the soldiers had dispersed at a late hour, about 4 o'clock in the morning several of them entered the saloon of John Burger, corner of Macomb and Hastings streets, through a back window. A quantity of recently washed clothes that hung near by were stolen, as was also a lot of liquors, cigars and groceries generally. A small alarm bell that was suspended above the front door was removed, in order not to create any noise, but as Mr. Burger's sleeping room was immediately over the door, he was awakened by the burglars as they passed out. Hastily reaching the window he had merely time to get a glimpse of the thieves as they departed with their booty.

The greater excitement exists among the Germans in the neighborhood where the above depredations were committed, and it is feared that it may result seriously. Every possible exertion should be made to bring the criminals to justice. That they can be identified there is no doubt. To attempt any unlawful proceedings would only arouse passions and end in no good to the community.