About a quarter mile outside Elm Square on Essex Street milkman John May was assaulted while delivering milk for Milo H. Gould at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
April 30, 1899. May was accompanied by his younger brother Gordon. Gordon stayed on the milk wagon while John delivered milk to a customer. While John was away from the milk wagon, four men in a horse-drawn “carry all” pulled up and one asked Gordon for a drink of milk. Once he had finished his drink, however, the man refused to pay. John then returned to the milk wagon and demanded payment, which was again refused.