ain invaded by organized marauders from the Southern States.
A Joint Committee was appointed by the General Court to consider the petitions in favor of a State appropriation.
It held its sittings publicly.
Eminent champions of freedom in Massachusetts, and men who had distinguished themselves during the conflict in Kansas, were invited to address the Committee.
Among the Kansas men was Captain John Brown, who, on the 18th of February, appeared at the capitol to make a statement of his vieo much to fear any things human.
the chairman — What is your opinion as to the probability of a renewal of hostilities in Kansas--of another invasion; and what do you think would be the effect, on the free state men, of an appropriation by Massachusetts?
Captain Brown--Whenever we heard, out in Kansas, that the North was doing any thing for us, we were encouraged and strengthened to struggle on. As to the probability of another invasion, I do not know.
We ought to be prepared for the wor