The "Malta War": Wealthy landowners from Massachusetts sent two land agents out to survey a plot of land that was contested by local squatters, who claimed it for their own. The agents were beaten by a group of "White Indians"--white men disguised as Indians. One was killed. Local residents sympathized with the White Indians and conspired to rescue them from the Augusta jail where they were being kept. The insurrection was averted by local militia members, who surrounded the jail before the citizens could do any damage. The angry citizens prevailed, though: the White Indians were taken to court and pronounced innocent by the local jury. The incident was one in a pattern of uprisings against absentee proprietors that owned much of Maine land at the time.