POSTSCRIPT--Tremendous excitement--Later from Coney Island and WIlliamsburgh.--By arrival of the clam boat Mud-Gutter, from Coney Island, we have our usual files of exchanges from the Island. A tremendous insurrection had been discovered among the clams; the insurgents having resolved to rise in arms against the oysters while the oysters had fraternised with a colony of lobsters to put down the clams. Several of the insurgents had been arrested and executed, and "war to the knife," declared against the oysters…
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Tuesday, June 8, 1852
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Clams v. Oysters! - 1852
Apparently people in 1852 were not above wanton reports of silliness.