ibed as not a mere act of Congress which could be repealed, * * * but a solemn compact between the inhabitants of the Territory * * * and the people of the thirteen States.
The next sentences (p. 268) contain the only allusion to John Brown in the text, and are as follows: The excitement became greater when John Brown, formerly of Kansas, actually invaded the State of Virginia with a party of about twenty men, for the purpose of liberating slaves.
He gained possession of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, thinking to arm the negroes, whom he expected to join him. He was easily captured—his party being either killed or dispersed—and was tried, convicted, and put to death under the laws of Virginia.
Invaded the State of Virginia is good!
We hear nothing, however, of Booth and his accomplices invading Washington, and attacking President Lincoln and Secretary Seward.
They are murderers.
Contrast with this description of John Brown the following, on page 276, which the author adopts fro