A most extraordinary scene took place at the village of Rhodes, near Middleton, on Monday night.
It became known that a man who had recently left his wife and children, and, it is said, eloped with a young woman, had returned.
About 600 or 700 people assembled in the street, provided with saucepans, kettles, an effigy of a man, and other articles, and a most indescribable scene took place.
The hooting and shouting were varied by snatches of the song “Over the Garden Wall”.
A number of the county police arrived, and the crowd was dispersed with difficulty. Several persons have been summoned by the police for disorderly conduct.
The Edinburgh Evening News, July 14, 1881.