The year was 1932 and tensions were high in Newfoundland.
A public demonstration turned to a riot after an order was issued to police to use batons on people.
Every window of the Colonial Building was smashed and there were several injuries.
About 7:30 p.m., the Prime Minister left the building, accompanied by Mr. L. E. Emerson, and Mr. Myles Murray, and surrounded by 10 or 12 men. Just as the Prime Minister got to the waiting car he was recognized and the crowd made a rush.
Those with him hurried him down Colonial Street and pushed him into a residence.
Law enforcement was turned over to the authority of ex-service men.