pail of hot coffee, in which everybody shared.
There was no red-tape in those days.
The collation— they called it co-lation then—was everywhere the custom, and a conflagration was not considered legally extinguished until the crackers and cheese had been properly served and eaten.
There was, in 1853, no military organization of any kind.
The Brooks Phalanx, which had enjoyed a nine years existence, had resigned its charter in 1849, and the Lawrence Light Guard was not formed until October, 1854.
In 1853 there was no regular police force in town.
If you wanted a thief caught you had to catch him yourself or get your neighbors to help you. And there really didn't seem to be much need of policemen.
It was only when the village grew larger and a new element came in that the need became apparent.
In the late fifties, I think it was, three constables were appointed to keep the peace, and they used to carry their badges in their pockets, to be pulled out only in a case of dire e