Man Slashed During Holyoke Free-For-All

by Laurel | December 30th, 2013

30 Dec 1923

Police Arrest Six in Early Morning Fracas Over Women on Ely Court

Holyoke, December 29 — But for the interference of the police, a free-for-all fight that started about 3 this morning on Ely Court between five Canadians and Portuguese might have ended in several fatalities.

As it was Sylvio Fortin, 20, of 15 Hamilton Street was slashed with a knife across the hands, chest and arms and some of the others received rough usage.

Before the row got to the critical stage, however, Patrolman Thomas O’Connor and Martin Walker appeared and arrested besides Fortin, Manuel Perry, 26, of 336 Maple Street, who is said to have done the cutting; Manuel Antomes, 44, of 6 Grover Street; Joseph Dube of 572 South Street; Pierre Venne, 24, of 11 North East Street, and Romeo Lemieux of 231 Park Street. Dr. Thomson Shea dressed Fortin’s wounds at the police station, none being dangerous enough to require his removal to the hospital.

In district court today the men pleaded not guilty to various misdemeanors. Perry was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, Venne and Lemieux with breach of the peace, and Fortin, Dube and Antomes with assault. It is alleged that the trouble arose when the men, who were looking for women friends,  entered the wrong tenement. They will be given a hearing Monday morning.

From The Springfield Republican.


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