The Desecration of the Stars and Stripes.
Port Deposit, Md., Feb. 20, 1862.Messrs. Editors: Lest the necessary brevity of your special despatch per telegraph last evening should not give a proper understanding of the outrage perpetrated here on the flag of our country by the two secessionists, McClure and Henderson, from Baltimore, I beg to submit the following statement: These two gentlemen, Douglas McClure and Edward Henderson, Esqs., after abusing the hospitalities of our town, took the liberty, yesterday evening, about five o'clock, to cut down the American flag which was suspended across the street on lines attached to the residences of Capt. John W. Taylor and Mrs. E. T. Rinehart. When the halyards were cut, the flag fell in the mud, where it was noticed by a few of our citizens, who raised it from its place of disgrace, and flung it again to its native breeze. As soon as it was known among the people how the flag got there, search was made for the two “bloods,” who had escaped into the house of Capt. Taylor. Henderson was found under a clothes-basket, after the style of the “French lady,” while McClure escaped in some other way. Meanwhile our citizens became intensely excited, and took measures to mete out vengeance on the heads of the “chivalry.” They were allowed fifteen minutes to leave town, which time was lengthened until eight o'clock, on account of no conveyance. Finally they were allowed to take their departure under escort in an open row-boat, in the midst of a drenching rain, and in darkness as black as that of Egypt. They bore away for Harford county, since which we have not heard from them. Nothing saved them from the vengeance of the people but respect for Capt. John W. Taylor, at whose house they were stopping. Capt. Taylor was not at home when the outrage was committed, but when he arrived he promptly ordered the heroes off. Upon this, McClure threatened to blow Capt. Taylor's brains out in his own house, seizing a double-barreled gun belonging to Capt. Taylor. Both barrels were loaded, but fortunately there were no caps on. Capt. Taylor hastened to arm himself, but fortunately the people came to the rescue, when our guests were marched off. It is providential that there was not a tragedy on the spot. Capt. Taylor has the deepest sympathies of the people, and they regret that he and his family were exposed to the mortifying circumstances of this dis agreeable affair. Yours, truly,
Stars and Stripes.
--Baltimore American, February 24.