Queen Mary was active in the Fireburn of 1878. The pay and benefits package during the period was going steadily down and the law said that landless laborers had to agree to contract to work for a landlord for a year. If they left they were treated as vagrants. A lot of people left or went abroad but they could not do so legally if they were still on contract. It was announced that the sugar mill workers were getting a raise. The field hands tried to demand one too but the sugar price was heading down. When the laborers were ordered to disperse they mutinied. Pay compared with the older British islands in season was better but the civil rights were worse comparable to the earlier period of apprenticeship on the British islands. A higher percentage of mutineers than the population as a whole were down islanders.