On Wednesday night, one or two rowdies attacked the Rev. Highland Garnet in front of the St. Charles Hotel, where he is stopping. He was struck and knocked down, and lost a valuable gold cane, which was presented to him on the occasion of leaving New York. The good people of Syracuse are very indignant at this act of wickedness and rowdy spite. The Mayor sent for the gentlemen composing the committee of arrangements, and offered the support of his whole constabulary force to prevent the exhibition of any other such cruel and shameful feelings on the part of those who draw their chief inspiration from bad whiskey… Syracuse paper.
(Liberator, October 14, 1984, pg 3)