from The Fitchburg Sentinel, 14 July 1875
The Lawrence Riot

The two men arrested in the Lawrence riot, Monday night,have been sentenced to two months in the house of correction, and great indignation is expressed agains the police force for not arresting more of the rioters. Mayor Tewksbury is regarded as the hero of the fight, and he evidently feels that he was not properly supported by the police for he demanded the resignation of City Marshal Currier on Tuesday, and the resignation was unanimously accepted by the alderman. The vacancy has been filled by the election of Col. Chase Philbrick as city marshal. The latter has previously filled the position seven years with honor to himself and city. The better portion of the Irish citizens strongly condemn the attach on the Orangemen, while the Americans feel the disgrace brought upon the city by the riot. The Lawrence American of Tuesday evening says:

The events of yesterday have made possible and probable an Orangemen's demonstration next year, of imposing form and numbers, with 5000 sturdy men, if need be, in defense of their fullest liberty. The attack was entirely unprovoked, senseless and indefensible; an outrage upon law, good order and morals; a disgrace to this city and an abiding shame to the men who organized and hounded on the mob in their mean and contemptible cowardice. We wish we could add that the police officials of our city were equal to the emergency; but the shame of our citizens is doubled today over the utter inefficiency and helplessness that reigned at the station house.