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The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Speech of U. S. Senator Benjamin on the Crisis. (search)
e in this city, intelligence having arrived that the colored people of the State would be free in two months; that war would soon be here, and that a vessel ladened with silver was now on its way from the North for the use of the colored people. To this startling piece of news, according to Fanny, Phil. replied that he was willing to eat dry bread and herrings to see it true; that God had ordained it to be so, citing the Bible as his authority for his assertion. According to Fanny, Warner Clark, a slave, (and cripple) also expressed himself anxious to possess a crow-bar to pick out the eyes of some of the white folks; while Jim Wilson, one of Mr. Samuel Hardgrove's slaves, promised to bring a paper and read the news to them, if it proved to be true. All of the accused were allowed to testify, though not as witnesses, the object of the Justice being to get, if possible, at the proof of the matter.--Each one told a different tale, and nearly every one flatly contradicted Fanny.