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Eviction Scene in Scot" land.

An exciting scene tooV place at Cullen, Banffshire, on Saturday. On the previous day Mr Alexander M'Gregor, sheriff officer, endeavored to evict James Mitchell, carter, and his wife, at the instance of a Mrs Harthill, but as soon as the fisher people of Seatown became aware of what was going on they returned the furniture to the house by the back door as fast as it was carried out at the front door by Mr M 'Gregor and his assistants. They finally became so threatening that the officer had to declare he was deforced. Thereafter the crowd visited Mrs Harthill's house and burned her effigy. On Saturday another attempt was made to carry out the eviction with the aid of Inspector Chapman, two sergeantu,andfourteenpolicemen. Agreat many women, with their sleeves rolled up, collected m front of the house, while Mrs Mitchell remained within, and barricaded the door. On the arrival of Mr M'Gregor he was at once surrounded by the angry women. The policemen, with drawn batons, however, soon cleared the section of the road m front of the house. The sheriff officer's assistants at once attacked the door with a pickaxe, amid the wildest vows of vengeance by the crowd, but the door withstood all their efforts, to the great delight of the spectators. The window, which was then smashed m, was found to be too small for a comfortable entrance to be made. While near the window the sheriff officer was greeted with showers of crockery, and he retired with an ugly cut m the hand. The sight of blood flowing very freely was greeted with cheers of exultation by the crowd. Returning to the window a little later a small tin pail came from within, and struck him on the face, cutting him and causing blood to flow. The pickaxe having failed, after considerable delay a big axe was procured, but only a small strjp of the door was broken, when theheadof the axe fellin, and was captured by Mrs Mitchell. An assistant being sent for another implement, he connidered discretion advisable, and dH not return. A large sledge hammer, however, was got, and while the door was being broken down frequent volleys of ■whiting were fired from within, covering Mr M'Gregor and his sole remaining assistant. On the door being demolished, Mrs Mitchell was taken into custody, to the great indignation of the crowd, which, fortunately, was not very large, owing to the absence of most af the fishermen on the West Coast. During the proceedings en effigy of Mrs Harthill was exhibited, and then torn to pieces by the excited females. The throwing of stones and stale herrings was resorted to, and excited gesticulations and blood-curdling threats were freely indulged m. Only the good turn out of police prevented a serious riot. Mrs Mitchell is a daughter-in-law of Mrs Harthill, but has married a second husband. There is stated to be a dispute as to thi» ownership of the house.

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Eviction Scene in Scot" land., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890

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Eviction Scene in Scot" land. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2505, 30 August 1890

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