addresses and takes prominent part in a border ruffian meeting at Leavenworth.
by which a Vigilance Committee is appointed, who notify all Abolitionists to leave Kansas, and drive several of the Free State men out of the city.
lie subsequently appointed Lyle, one of these ruffians (who participated in the tar and feathering of Phillips), clerk of his court, and refused to strike his name from the roll of attorneys, when a motion to that effect was made by Judge Shankland.
He appointed Scott Boyle and Hughes, two brutal ruffians engaged in the transaction, to other minor offices in his court.
Published a letter to the Legislature, indorsing their action, and declaring (before any case was before him, and, therefore, extra-judicially), that their conduct and enactments were legal in every respect — thus, without precedent, prejudging a point of law which might subsequently have involved, as it did involve, the legal rights and titles of thousands of citizens.