Squatters had been clearing trees on land owned by an outside company. From time to time these men were arrested for trespass. In retaliation, in 1809 Paul Chadwick, a surveyor, was murdered. Seven of the squatters were arrested and held in the Malta jail. Seventy men descended on the jail, but Governor Levi Lincoln Sr. sent in militia from nearby towns to defend the jail and its prisoners. There was no military confrontation but there were many rumors and the soldiers stayed on, at a cost of $11,000 to the state. After six weeks, the defendants were found not guilty at their trial and the episode ended.
- Federal Writers' Project. Maine - A Guide 'Down East (1940) p 72
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