"At 51st Street and Shields Avenue, for example, three blocks west of Wentworth, there had been for years a black enclave of nine families, but that night the Ragen Colts tried to burn it to th ground. Throughout the afternoon, reported Harriett White, one of the black residents, there had been rumors of a mob that intended to "run all the niggers out of this section tonight." Repeated telephone calls to the police had brought only a brief visit by about ten mounted policemen at 6:30. Two hours later the Colts arrived, 200 strong, and they "started throwing rocks, bricks, and other missiles and shooting into...houses..." Then they began storming through the front doors, smashing furniture and throwing it through windows, and putting the torch to everything. "Bricks, stones, and shots entered my home, forcing me to leave," recalled Mrs. White. Having done their work, the Colts left a warning: "if you open your mouth against 'Ragen's' we will not only burn your house down, we will 'do' you."