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The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Speech of U. S. Senator Benjamin on the Crisis. (search)
Rumored Insubordination extent slaves. --Sundry rumors were rifles in this city yesterday, to the effect that the irresponsible conflict" had begun in earnest on the south side of James river, in the ancient town of Manchester. Among the rumored on this, one was to the effect that come of the negroes of that place had been discovered in a plot to burn down Mayo's Bridge last night, and by so doing, prevent all succor from Richmond, while the insurrectionists would at leisure destroy the houses and murder the inhabitants. Madame Rumor also asserted that the supposed plot had been nipped in the bud by a timely disclosure on the part of one of the gang and the arrest of the implicated parties. On repairing to Manchester about 3 o'clock on yesterday, we saw no signs of trepidation among 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