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In Years Past

April 19, 2014

In 1914, a shabbily dressed old man, named Michael B. Mahoney, with fancied grievances against the city of New York's administration, fired one shot at Mayor Mitchel as the mayor, Corporation Counsel Frank Polk, Police Commissioner Arthur Woods and Tax Commissioner C.V. Mullen were on the point of starting in an automobile from the City Hall for luncheon. The bullet entered the left cheek of Polk, knocked a tooth to the floor of the automobile and came out of his right cheek. Powder from the revolver slightly burned the left ear of Mullen. Woods, who was standing beside the automobile when Mahoney fired, slammed Mahoney to the street and held tightly to Mahoney's pistol hand while the old man tried to fire again. "Why did you want to shoot the mayor?" asked Borough Inspector Dillon. Mahoney merely made a gesture with his hands.



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