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Shooting the Bull: 1913

Shooting the Bull: 1913

Nov. 3, 1913. "Shooting bull, Central Park." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Headline in the New York Times:


Frenzied Animal Tears Down Fifth Avenue,
Police Shooting From Taxicabs.


Wild Bullet Slays a Watchman -- Waiter Is Wounded --
All the Beeves Caught or Killed.

The steer which caused the excitement in Fifth Avenue was one of eight which escaped from the yards of the New York Stock Company at Sixtieth Street and the North River. In the pursuit another man was wounded, a policeman was trampled on, and a delivery wagon was wrecked. The excitement began about 4 o'clock yesterday morning and did not end until five hours later, when the last steer was shot to death in Central Park. The steer which alarmed Fifth Avenue was one of the wildest of the lot, and it was a police bullet fired at it which went wild and killed George Beattie, night watchman of the building under construction at 24 East 55th Street. ... The steer, bleeding from wounds, turned into Fifty-Fifth Street, followed by a string of revolver-popping automobiles. ... According to stockyard authorities, about 200 short-horn Oregon steers were unloaded yesterday morning, consigned to various butchers in the city ...

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My great-grandfather!

Can you tell me where this picture came from? The watchman who was killed by a stray police bullet was my great grandfather. I have seen the NY Times article before, but never this photo. Very cool!


We learned the plural of Beef in English probably back in the 6th grade, guess everyone did not have this or just did not remember.


Thanks for finally cluing me in the plural of beef!
Neither my wife nor I had ever heard of "beeves". I looked it up in my dictionary and sure enough, it is the plural for beef!

Running of the Bulls

Pamplona has nothing on us. We not only had the the running of the bulls, but a Wild West shootout in Midtown Manhattan. There was the posse (cops in taxicabs), town folk killed and wounded as well as a stampede with one the Marshals trampled. I also learned about the North River, which is the southernmost part of the Hudson River. The best we can do now is an occasional shooting by patrons outside some nightclub in Chelsea.

Original Keystone Kops?

"Police Shooting From Taxicabs"
Good grief, maybe the Keystone Kops were a documentary.

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