--On last Friday evening, between the hours of five and six o'clock, a son of Mr. W. H. Benson
, of this city, and a negro servant, who had been sent with him, were attacked on the River
road, near Manchester
, whilst on their way from mill, by five armed negro men, clothed in the uniform of the United States army.
The servant pleaded very hard for young Benson
; but, so far from listening to his entreaties, they took several articles of his own clothing from him. Young Benson
was relieved of his money and overcoat.
Not an half-hour afterwards a servant of Mrs. Archer
was robbed of his meal; and a man in the service of Mr. Tinsley Pate
, of this city, was fired at — all by the same parties.
These are a few of many instances which have taken place on the same spot by the same gang.
Scarcely a day passes that we have not to record some highway robbery committed by freedmen, who are beginning to appreciate their privileges of "equality and liberty." These matters should attract the attention of our authorities, and they should at once take measures which would prevent any further occurrences of this kind.