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who was lately arrested here after being expelled from Manchester as a dangerous and suspicious darkey, was up again before the Mayor yesterday, for examination on an application for his release. Sundry citizens of Manchester, including Messrs. Spencer Hancock, J. B. Vaughn, and L. M. Burfoot, testified that hearing that Richard and Jordan Smith had had a treasonable conversation on the day of the Pawnee excitement, in which the probabilities of the success of an African saturnalia was canvassHe, together with Jordan Smith, a cousin, was afterwards taken up prowling about the streets of Richmond. The observation of Jordan Smith to his confrere was to the effect that after the soldiers were gone niggers would have more privileges. Mr. Hancock said that Richard Smith had been in the penitentiary for helping Red Boot Smith run off negroes. Mr. Burfoot, to whom was confided the examination of Smith's papers, found correspondence addressed to him from Ohio, Indiana, New York and Penns
Principle and interest. Hon. A. H. Stephens remarks in his late speech at Atlanta, that this war is against the whole principle upon which the American Revolution was fought, and that Massachusetts, then represented by the patriot Hancock, now occupies towards us the same relation that England did to all in the Revolution. This is all true; but principle is nothing to Massachusetts when interest is concerned.--This war is prompted by the most sordid, mercenary, selfish considerations that ever influenced the conduct of nations. The highwayman who assails a man upon the road and demands his money or his life, is not more a murderer for gold than the manufacturers and merchants who are directing this war upon the South. What care they for the rights of the States or the principles of the Constitution, so long as their commerce is in danger and their customers in revolt? This demand upon the South is simply that of the highwayman--"Your money or your life!" Send us your cot
Another skirmish.the Federalists againrouted! Spencer Hancock, Esq., of Chesterfield co., who returned to this city yesterday evening from Fairfax C. H., gives us the following narration of a skirmish which took place about 6 o'clock on Monday evening, a few miles from that locality. Mr. H. was himself a participant in the a burnt the cars and captured a considerable quantity of carpenter's tools, blankets, and other baggage, together with about 20 muskets and a number of pistols.--Mr. Hancock brings with him as trophies a U. S. soldier's cap, a havelock thoroughly saturated with blood, and a bayonet. The fire of our artillerists was most effectiplings of the locomotive; at all events, the engine was taken a way from the scene of action with all possible speed. After the engagement, Col. Gregg retired with his command to Fairfax C. H. Mr. Hancock left there at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. He requests us to state that all of Capt. Ball's command were in good health.
The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Speech of U. S. Senator Benjamin on the Crisis. (search)
g the inhabitants, nor could a verification of the assertions of Madame Rumor, in respect to the destruction of Mayo's Bridge, &c., be had from any of them. At the Town Hall the examination of a lot of negroes was progressing before Justice Spencer Hancock, they having been arrested that morning by Constable B. A. Moody on a warrant issued by Justice J. Hobbs, on the oath of Mr. James B. Vaughan, who stated therein that he had good reason to believe that George Howlett, Wilson Howlett, Petcited by Lincoln's election, we have no doubt; but what they could hope to gain besides a little hemp, by plotting and carrying into effect an insurrection in this State, we are at a loss to conceive.--If there is anything in the above case, Justice Hancock will no doubt sift it out. If he does, the public shall be informed of the result of his labors. Two or three of the negro women under arrest as participants, were allowed to go home last evening, some having infants, and the services of ot
Negroes Punished. --The examination of certain negroes charged with talking of and making arrangements, for an insurrection against the white inhabitants of Chesterfield county, at the house of J. B. Vaughn, on the night of December 27th, was reduced yesterday at 10 o'clock, at the Town Hall in Manchester, before Spencer Hancock, Esq., J. P., and after lasting five hours was concluded, no new fact having been elected. The parties in their "talks" made no reference, as we understood, to anything they proposed to do themselves, the tenor of their information leading them to believe that all the arrangements necessary to accomplish their "freedom" would be perfected at the North. None of the negroes implicated belonged to Charles Rhodes, as stated yesterday. The following is a list of owners, names of negroes, and award of judgment in the case: Jim, slave of Samuel Harogrove, thirty-nine lashes; Phil, (Wm. Gray's,) thirty-nine; Warner and Leander, (Mrs. Clarke's,) thirty-nine ea
ursday last an attempt was made to murder Lieutenant Spencer Hancock, of Manchester, one of the enrolling offiy. Burton, who is a conscript, was sent for by Lieut. Hancock, to know the reason why he had not reported, bus on the 5th instant, and on the 7th he drove up to Hancock's office in Manchester, and in a very menacing mann the door, declaring his intention to return home.--Hancock then informed him that he was under arrest and placeasy matter to toss the obstruction out of the way. Hancock then ordered the guard to seize him, and at the samrd to be taken to Castle Thunder. Subsequently Lieut. Hancock was directed to take Burton before the Militaryry penitent, confessed that he had done wrong, that Hancock had served him perfectly right, and begged that he ton (handcuffed) sitting between the two guards and Hancock a yard or two off. In a short while Lieut. H. fell ted to Castle Thunder on Friday morning. Lieutenant Hancock's injuries are of a serious character interna
Stolen bacon. --On Thursday last, a free negro fellow, named Alexander Johnson, living in Manchester, obtained a warrant to search the house of another negro, named Phœbe Wooddy, whom he suspected of stealing a trunk from his room. Constable Spencer Hancock was entrusted with the execution of the warrant, but upon instituting a search of Phœbe's house, he failed to find said trunk. Subsequently Mr. Hancock had an intimation that Johnson, himself, was suspected of committing several robbertable Spencer Hancock was entrusted with the execution of the warrant, but upon instituting a search of Phœbe's house, he failed to find said trunk. Subsequently Mr. Hancock had an intimation that Johnson, himself, was suspected of committing several robberies, and accordingly he went to his room, where he found hid away about six hundred dollars worth of stolen bacon. Johnson at first denied that he had dishonestly come into possession of the bacon, but afterwards owned that it was stolen