HE HAD SEEN CONNORS
How a Dayton Man Was Licked Despite a Peace Warrant
William Brown and John Conners, of Dayton, had a difference of opinion over some matters yesterday, and, this morning William came to Ottawa and swore out a peace warrant before Justice Weeks. Dick Norris was chosen to serve the paper, and, accompanied by Brown, at once proceeded to Dayton to do so. When they came within the town lines, Brown stepped out of the buggy and walked along the towpath of the canal, while Dick whipped up his horse and trotted to the factory where Conners is employed. He did not know Conners, and, when a man passed him on a brisk walk, did not consider it his business to question his freedom.
Arrived at the factory he was informed that Conners was not present, and, turning, drove back along the towpath to find Brown. Presently Brown came in sight holding his nose and mouth, while his face and clothing showed signs of trouble.
“Conners wasn’t at the factory,” said Dick, “have you seen him?”
“Yes!” exclaimed Brown, from a battered face, “I’ve seen him.”1
- Ottawa Free Trader, 13 May 1893, p1, col 4