The Heckler's Veto

Ryan Carboni ryacko at
Thu Mar 12 22:18:42 PDT 2020
In April 1797, while Bache was investigating the construction of the
ship USS United States, Clement Humphreys, the son of the ship's
architect, physically assaulted him. Bache escaped, but heard remarks
from the crowd that he deserved the beating. He had printed an
accusation that the ship's carpenters were taking bribes. In May 1798,
Bache's residence and office were threatened by a mob. They smashed
the glass door leading to his office, but refrained from vandalizing
his home. His family was terrified.

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