Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 18, Number 1, Spring, 2006 Page: 39
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Crowds often flooded the entry to Fair Park during the annual State Fair. Louis Reichenstein and his companion
were caught up in such a crowd on the afternoon of October 23, 1909.
have a quick look at the exhibit in the new Fine
Arts Building. Afterward, they left the park by
the exit on Armstrong (now First) Avenue,
where they hoped to catch a streetcar. But with
Taft arriving at any moment, the two men found
themselves moving against a tide of humanity
trying to enter Fair Park. Unable to make
progress, they reversed course and allowed themselves
to be swept along toward Parry Avenue.9
There, Sergeant Manley was attempting to
do his duty. An officer reminded him "to keep
the crowd back of the wire," but his job was
becoming increasingly difficult. Disregarding
the wire barrier, several citizens ran across the
street in defiance of the guardsmen, whose
patience was also tested by gangs of boys who
"hurrahed" them calling them "tin soldiers"
and other insulting names."'
Reichenstein and Cooper reached Parry
Avenue at about 5:20 P.M. While a sea offairgoers
surged behind them, the two men paused to
survey the scene, noticing that every now and
then some individual or group of people would
disobey the guardsmen and dash across the street.
Wanting to catch a streetcar on the opposite side
of Parry Avenue, Reichenstein and Cooper
decided to take a chance. But just as they
stooped to go under the wire, Manley spotted
them. "You can't come in here!" he shouted, "It's
Reichenstein protested that he and Cooper
merely wanted to cross Parry Avenue to catch a
streetcar. In response, Manley held his rifle up to
his chest and pushed Reichenstein back with the
barrel, striking him against the shoulder. "You're
a nice soldier," the surprised young county clerk
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