Southern Kansas, also, there were no difficulties until the winter of 1857-8--until shortly after John Brown paid his visit of three days to Lawrence for the purpose of bringing out his young followers to drill them.
In the summer of 1856, the entire Free State population of Lynn and Bourbon Counties had been driven from the cabins and claims by organized marauders from Arkansas and the Indian Territory, under the command of General Clarke, a Federal office-holder, and the murderer of Robert Barber.
The emigrants thus expelled began to return to their homes in the spring, summer, and autumn of 1857.
They found their houses and farms occupied by the Southern ruffians.
Instead of driving them out, or hanging them, as, in strict justice, by the squatter code, they would have been justified in doing, the Free State men built other cabins on their claims thus feloniously occupied, and avowed their willingness to abide by the decision of the Land Office, of which the real chief was G