The Standing Eight Count
March 6, 1770
As the town crier is walking through the narrow paves streets of Philadelphia ringing his hand-held bell, a colonist stops him and asks the following:
Colonist: "What is the talk I hear of this Boston Massacre?"
Towncrier: "Well sir, at first two soldiers were attacked and then
they were beaten. It seemed that tensions were
mounting and something was bound to occur. The
attackers broke into two meeting houses, and set off
the fire alarms in each house."
Colonist: "Did the skirmish begin right then?"
Towncrier: "Not exactly sir. At first snowballs and rocks were being
thrown at the British soldiers. Captain Preston had warned his troops not to fire."
Colonist: "But didn’t the troops start to fire anyway?"
Towncrier: "Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened."
Colonist: "Why did the soldiers fire on the colonists?"
Towncrier: "They said someone gave the command."
Colonist: "How long did this fight last?"
Towncrier: "It lasted about 20 minutes at the most."
Colonist: "Was anyone killed or injured in this frightening act?"
Towncrier: "Yes, three men were killed instantly and two were
wounded but later died." One in particular was a former
slave named Crispus Attucks. He had been a runaway slave and was living in the colonies for the past 20 years. He also
was a sailor and had been working down at the harbor
Colonist: "Was anyone arrested for this incident?"
Towncrier: "Yes. Captain Preston and some of his men were arrested
as two eyewitnesses claim they heard Preston give
the command to ‘fire’.
Colonist: "Did Governor Hutchinson take action against the British
as a result of this massacre?"
Towncrier: "Yes sir he certainly did. I heard from reliable sources
he withdrew the British troops from the city to nearby
Colonist: "Thank you for informing me of this terrible tragedy. Who
knows what will happen next."
Towncrier as he continues his journey down the narrow paved streets
of Philadelphia: "Here ye, here ye, here ye, massacre occurs in
in Boston. Meeting held tonight at the town square."
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