Unprecedented outrages by Government troops.
[From the New York Daily News, June 19.]
If ever events occurred that should call forth general abhorrence and indignation, they are to be found chronicled in the anuals of St. Louis
within the last five weeks. When we were called upon to record the ruthless massacre, by United States
soldiers, of women and children, which took place on the 10th of May, the act seemed so diabolical and appalling that it did not appear possible it could be passed over by the Administration without punishment, much less be repeated.
The murders of day before yesterday, however, were still more unprovoked, and afford a fearful lesson of the rapidity with which the United States
are being plunged, by an unprincipled Government, into the lowest depths of anarchy and misrule.
Sincere, patriotic love of country, and reverence for the Constitution
and the laws, are not yet dead, and we trust that they will be exhibited now. Feelings of humanity still prevail, and we hope that outrages, which, if they had been committed in Hungary
, would cause meetings of sympathy with the sufferers to be held in every town and hamlet, will not pass unnoticed because they have happened in our very midst.
It appears that as a part of Colonel Kallman
's Reserve Corps was returning, on Monday morning, from the North Missouri Railroad, when opposite the Court
room, a company near the rear of the column suddenly wheeled and discharged their rifles, aiming chiefly at the windows of the Court
, killing six persons, wounding others, and riddling the panes of glass behind the Judge
's desk with bullets.
The statements regarding the cause of firing are conflicting; but even the one least unfavorable to the troops is, that some one from a house adjoining the Court
room discharged a pistol, of which the bullet took effect in the shoulder of an officer, who, therefore, ordered his men to kill and massacre anybody and everybody they could hit. The forms of law were wholly unobserved, and it is not pretended that a single individual slaughtered had given any provocation whatever, or in any way disturbed the peace.
In fact, one of the persons murdered was a deputy marshal, and another a police officer, both of whom were occupied in the performance of their official duties.
In the house whence it is pretended the pistol shot proceed, no one was hurt, the troops having expended their ammunition upon the crowd in Court, where there was a probability that the number of their victims would be the greater.
On the occasion of the woman massacre on the 10th of May, by orders of Capt. Blautowski
, it was subsequently proved, at his inquest, that his death was not occasioned by any attack from the surrounding crowd, but that one of his own soldiers gave him his mortal wound with a Minnie rifle.
It is very possible that Captain Reische
's wound occurred in the same way.
The language of Governor Jackson
, in his interview with the already notorious Lyon
, Commander- in-Chief
of the Federal
forces in Missouri
, has proved prophetic.
He offered on the 11th of June, but six days before the Court-House
massacre, to sacrifice everything excepting his individual honor ‘"to avert the hourly danger of bloody disturbance."’ The United States Government has no more right to interfere with the internal affairs of Missouri
than with those of France
; the Constitution
distinctly prohibits its doing so; the Legislature of Jefferson City had invested the State Executive
with power to drive the ruffianly invaders from the soil; yet Governor Jackson
voluntarily offered to break up the State Guard organization, to exclude arms and munitions of war from the State
, to repress every insurrectionary movement, to protect citizens of all parties alike, and to maintain strict neutrality in the war between South and North, if General Lyon
would but himself refrain from measures likely to result in useless loss of life.
The successor of Harney
, a thousand times more unprincipled than his predecessor, refused to listen to anything short of martial law and a military despotism, and the cold blooded murders of Monday are its first fruits.
This sad relation speaks for itself.
It is the most serious, thus far, of an endless list of crimes which will develop out of the fratricidal war that has begun, under the auspices of an unscrupulous Abolition Administration, unless some measures can be devised to bring it to a close.
Thinking men are beginning to pause and count the cost of the internal conflict into which demagogism and fanaticism have plunged the country; but they should also begin to act. The blood of Mrs. McAnliff
, Mrs. Chapman
, and those who were slaughtered on Monday, ‘" cries from the ground for vengeance,"’ and unless popular wrath makes itself speedily heard, tens of thousands of lives will yet be immolated to the demons of sectionalism, hatred and political ambition.