ritory ; the far Southern marauders assembled at Lecompton; and now, in order that they might march together on devoted Lawrence, under the shadow of the wings of the Federal eagle, it was determined to arrest Governor Reeder, then the leader of the party, under the pretence of needing him as a witness at Tecumseh.
Mr. Reeder, dismissed from his office as Federal Governor, in consequence of his refusal to be the passive instrument of the ruffians, was elected as the Free State delegate to Washington, and was now in Kansas, with the Congressional Committee of Investigation, collecting evidence to sustain his claim to a seat in the National House of Representatives.
Governor Reeder, of course, refused to go,--for to have gone would have interrupted his duties, and have forfeited his life.
He knew nothing of the case, in which, it was pretended, he was needed as a witness.
This refusal was instantly made the pretext for marching on Lawrence, under the authority of a United States Ma
an abolitionist of the Bunker Hill school.
He followed neither Garrison nor Seward, Gerritt Smith nor Wendell Phillips: but the Golden Rule, and the Declaration of Independence, in the spirit of the Hebrew warriors, and in the God-applauded mode that they adopted.
The Bible story of Gideon, records a man who betrayed him, had manifestly a great influence on his actions.
He believed in human brotherhood and in the God of Battles; he admired Nat Turner, the negro patriot, equally with George Washington, the white American deliverer.
He could not see that it was heroic to fight against a petty tax on tea, and war seven long years for a political principle; and wrong to restore, by force of arms, to an outraged race, the rights with which their Maker had endowed them, but of which the South, for two centuries, had robbed them.
The old man distrusted the republican leaders.
He thought that their success, in 1860, would be a serious check to the anti-slavery cause.
The Republicans of
f humanity, supposed that they were killing them in cold blood.
How did the descendant of George Washington reciprocate this consideration?
Let his friend and eulogist reply:
Colonel WashingtColonel Washington, who, through all these trying scenes, had borne himself with an intrepid coolness that excited the admiration of the brigand chief himself, now did important service.
The moment the marines enter rapidly pointed out the outlaws to the vengeance of the soldiers. . . . A soldier, seeing Colonel Washington in an active and prominent position, mistook him for one of the outlaws, levelled his piecd among the slave prisoners, hoping thus to escape notice and detection; but, perceived by Colonel Washington, he was hauled forth to meet his doom.
Lieutenant Green, as soon as he saw John Brown, general south-west course through Virginia, varying as circumstances dictated or required.
Mr. Washington reports that Brown was remarkably cool during the assault.
He fell under two bayonet wounds
pture of the Liberators, a negro, held in bondage by Colonel Washington, reported that Captain Cook was in the mountains, onthe temper of the slaves and free negroes among them.
Col. Washington, who was one of Old Brown's hostages, does not spend hhey did not sympathize with them.
On the night that Col Washington was taken, a free negro, who has a wife on the Colonel'st he was humane to his prisoners, as attested to me by Col. Washington and Mr. Mills, and he inspired me with great trust in s, by means of arms, led on by white commanders.
When Col. Washington was taken, his watch, and plate, and jewels, and money the sword of Frederick the Great, which was sent to General Washington.
This was taken by Stevens to Brown, and the latter and safety of Washington's native State!
He promised Col. Washington to return it to him when he was done with it. And Col.Col. Washington says that he, Brown, was the coolest and firmest man he ever saw in defying danger and death.
With one son dead