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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 4 0 Browse Search
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An incident of the New-York Riot.--Mother, they may kill the body, but they cannot touch the soul! was the language used by poor Abraham Franklin, as he was borne from the presence of his mother by the barbarous mob on the morning of the fourteenth ult. The young man, aged twenty-three, had been an invalid for about two years, and was a confirmed consumptive. When the mob broke into the house they found him in bed. They bore him into the street, and there, although he had not raised a fingger against them — indeed, was not able to do so — they beat him to death, hanged him to a lamp-post, cut his pantaloons off at the knees, cut bits of flesh out of his legs, and afterward set fire to him! All this was done beneath the eyes of his widowed mother. Such an exhibition of bloodthirstiness is without a parallel in the history of crime. Patrick Butler and George Glass, both Irishmen, the latter fifty-three years of age, were arrested for the murder of Mr. Franklin.--Anglo-Africa