Officers removed everything from the house, including the Morrison family and William McGrail, son in law to Mr. Morrison. Mrs. McGrail had fainted and was allowed to stay in the house under guard.
At one point the house was unguarded and the Morrisons moved their goods back inside. Dolan arrived again and this time McGrail threatened to shoot the first one through the door. A fight ensued and in the end Morrison and McGrail were arrested for resisting.
The events were reported in Lancaster On This Day in 1881.
On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015