NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA.
gaily dressed soldiers marched the streets of Boston
as through a conquered city ; their every act was an
insult to the inhabitants. Finally, on March 5, 1770,
Crispus Attucks, at the head of a crowd of citizens,
resolved no longer to be insulted, and determining
to resist any invasion of their rights as citizens, a
fight soon ensued on the street. The troops were
ordered to fire on the "mob," and Attucks fell, the
first one, with three others, Caldwell, Gray, and
Maverick. The town bell was rung, the alarm
given and citizens from the country ran into Boston,
where the greatest excitement prevailed.
The Burial of Attucks, the only unknown dead,
was from Faneuil Hall. The funeral procession
was enormous, and many of the best citizens of Bos¬
ton readily followed this former slave and unknown
hero to an honored grave. Many orators spoke in
the highest terms of Crispus Attucks. A verse
mentioning him reads thus :
" Long as in freedom's cause the wise contend,
Dear to your country shall your fame extend ;
While to the world the lettered stone shall tell
Where Caldwell, Attucks, Gray and Maverick fell."