ths, do say that the said John Brown, Aaron C. Stephens, alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, Shields Green, and John Copland, then and there them, the said Thomas Boerly, George W. Turner, and Fontaine Beckham, in the manner aforesaid, and by the means aforesaid, feloniously, wilfully, and of their and each of their malice aforethought, did kill and murder, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Lewis W. Washington, John H. Allstadt, John E. P. Dangerfield, Alexander Kelly, Emanuel Spangler, Armstead M. Ball, Joseph A. Brua, William Johnson, Lewis P. Starry, Archibald H. Kitzmiller, were sworn in open Court this 26th day of October, 1859, to give evidence to the Grand Jury upon this bill of indictment.
Teste: Robert T. brown, Clerk. A true copy of said indictment. Teste: Robert T. Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, in the State of Virginia. Which bill of indictment the Grand Jury returned this 26th day of October. A true bill. Tho
se, and various incidents of the fight there; said that the negroes were placed in the watch house with spears in their hands, but showed no disposition to use them; that he saw Phil making port-holes by the Captain's order, but that the other negroes did nothing, and had dropped their weapons some of them being asleep nearly all the time; that John Brown's rifle was always cocked, and that he believed, although he would not swear, that it was the old man himself who shot the marine.
Alexander Kelly described the manner of Thomas Boerley's death.
He was armed with a gun when killed.
George W. Turner, also, was killed as he was levelling his rifle.
Albert Grist described his arrest, by a man armed with a spear, on Sunday night, and his detention in the Armory until he was dismissed by Captain Brown, after delivering a message to the conductor of the train.
Brown, he said, declared that his object was to free the slaves.
I told him there were not many there.
He replied: The
's Ferry, and that Camp Hill, west of the town, is strongly fortified.
About one thousand runaway negroes are in the town, and are employed in taking down the walls of the workshops of the old armory, the Federal asserting that it is the intention of the Government to rebuild the armory.
The rolling mill and tilt-hammer shops which were not destroyed when our army evacuated, are now engaged in getting out iron for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and are superintended by Rezin Cross and Alex. Kelly, former operatives of the armory.
A notorious traitor, Isaac Baylis is employed by the Quartermaster at Harper's Ferry to steal horses from the citizens of the surrounding country, and it is said is faithfully discharging his duty, and realizing a rich harvest by his plunder.
The Government allows $120 per head for these horses one half of which is paid to Baylis as a reward for his scoundrelism, and the other half goes to the Quartermaster employing him.
At Charlestown there are t