The Irish are Coming!
Last Wednesday afternoon, it was reported, and some thought well authenticated, that some of the Irish who had been at work on the pike intended setting fire that night to the barn belonging to the Sandford Hotel property, and in which McLaughlin, one of the contractors of the road, kept his stock. It was understood the building was to be burned to destroy the mules. McLaughlin and one or two others patrolled the town, but no attempt to set fire to buildings was discovered; but during the night, about two o'clock, one of the patrolmen, and a drunken man collided on the street and punched one another around for near half an hour, when hostilities were suspended and the pickets taken in for repairs.
The Boone County Recorder, November 29, 1877