Mobbing a Democratic paper in Dayton, Ohio.
--A letter in the Cincinnati Enquirer
, written from Dayton, Ohio
, gives the following account of the mobbing of the Empire
newspaper there, a Democratic sheet.
We arrived at Dayton
on the morning train from the North
On our way to the hotel bells sounded the alarm of fire.
As we neared the principal streets shouts of "mob, mob," saluted our ears, followed by cries of "the Empire
office is being mobbed"--an exclamation which seemed to be unusually popular with the peddlers upon the discovered the whole cause of alarm, which brings us to particulars.
An article in the Empire,
of the 2d, referring to the 63d regiment, had given offence.
Misconstrued, exaggerated, and distorted by the Abolitionists, it was resolved to gather a posse of furloughed soldiers for the purpose of removing all opposition to the Journal
--a consummation most "devoutly to be wished. "
Thirty or forty of these "furloughs," excited by liquor, and led on by the enemies of the Union
, were induced to attack the Empire
office at a time when it was well known all responsible parties were absent at dinner.--Mr. Tom Hubbard
, one of the proprietors, was in the room of the second story at the time the rioters entered, and demanded their business.
He was immediately assaulted, and, in defending his person, knocked some three or four of his assailants down.
Others rushed to the scene, and, in his at tempt to escape, Mr.
H. was thrust rudely from the window, falling a distance of some twenty or thirty feet. He was carried to the office of a physician insensible and badly injured.
Stoves, types, cases, and other portable materials, were thrown into the street, and power presses demolished; but luckily the news rooms escaped uninjured.
This completed, the mob gathered round their leaders and followed them to the Court-house
, where repeated calls brought Capt Badger
, of the 44th O. V. I., to the stand.
He delivered himself of the following patriotic speech, which deserves to be recorded:
"Fellow citizens, [hiccup,] by the great God, and Resurrector of everybody, I swear I am responsible for all this.
[Cheers,] D — n you, I led this whole thing.
These men are under my control, [cheers,] and I am responsible.
[Cheers,] D — n you, two hundred veterans, such as we, are worth one thousand citizens [Cheers,] There is no line of distinction between the Administration and the Government
, [cheers,] and I tell you, by G — d, if any action is taken against me and my men here, the city of Dayton
This man belongs to Springfield
, is a pseudo Captain
in the 44th O. V. I., and wears a uniform which the Democrats of Dayton
purchased for him. He was followed by a person known as Robert G. Corwine
, a renegade of Cincinnati
, who, pettifogged out of your city, is eing out a sort of a living by attending to habeas corpus
cases in the county jail.
He said to the crowd, drunk as they were, that he had been a Union man ever since this war began.
(But never before.--Pep.) He had done all he could to send soldiers to the field; he had never gone himself for various reasons; he respected the soldier, but this business was wrong, let the law take its course, and all would be right.
No one had suffered more from the Empire
than he had, but it will be all right.
was a mob in itself, and ought to be put down; but let the law take its course.
The crowd here rushed once more upon the Empire
office, but were met by the Democrats, who had congregated in large numbers, well armed and prepared.
A single Democrat, a Mr. M--,stood his ground with the crowd, and drawing his pistol, made them come no further.
Stones and missiles of all kinds were hurled at him as he retreated to the curbs.
Being overpowered, and his life in danger, he finally fired, when shooting became general.
Forty shots were fired.
A Mr. Sarle
, from Neddle Smith
's district, was killed and several wounded.
Here the posse comitatus,
numbering some two hundred, ordered by the Mayor
, appeared upon the ground, when quiet was restored.--As we bade His Honor, Mayor Gillespie
, fare well, his chiefs were rapidly making arrests.
The Democratic Convention for the nomination of candidates for municipal offices takes place on Sunday evening next, when the friends of the Empire
will take measures to redress its wrongs.