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ran a bayonet twice into the prostrate body of the old man.
In the trial of Copeland, the following dialogue occurred:
Mr. Sennott. You say that when Brown was down you struck him in the face with your sabre?
Lieut. Green. Yes, sir.
Mr. Sennott. This was after he was down?
Lieut. Green. Yes, sir, he was down.
Mr. Sennott. How many times, Lieut. Green, did you strike Brown in the face after he was down?
Lieut. Green. Why, sir, he was defending himself with his gun.
Mr Hunter. I hope the counsel for the defence will not press such questions as these.
Mr. Sennott. Very well, sir.
The scenes that followed this assault are so discreditable to Virginia-nay, to human nature — that I dare not trust myself to describe them; but will content myself with quoting the accounts of two ultra pro-slavery journalists.
This is the report of the Baltimore American:
When the insurgents were brought out, some dead and others wounded, they were greeted with execratio
s, and what their answers are. If that could be allowed me, I should be very much obliged.
Mr. Hunter said that the request was rather premature.
The arraignment should be made, and this questiong held upright by two bailiffs.
As soon as the prisoners had responded to the arraignment, Mr. Hunter rose and said, The State elects to try John Brown first.
A discussion and decision, fit accoor three days. It seems to be but a reasonable request, and I hope the Court will grant it.
Mr. Hunter said, he did not think it the duty of the prosecutor for the Commonwealth, or for one occupyined and jeopardized, as they supposed, by enemies.
Mr. Harding concurred in the objection of Mr. Hunter, on the ground of danger in delay, and also because Brown was the leader of the insurrection, the reputation of the State, but that might tend to exculpate the defendant — for this is what Mr. Hunter's last orphic sentence meant; because there might be danger, if the request was granted, of a