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Topeka (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
rs. At Tecumseh, during Geary's administration, he perpetrated a most cowardly outrage on the person of Mr. Kagi, the correspondent of the National Era. The store of a Free-State man had been robbed at Tecumseh. Law there was none. The boys of Topeka threatened vengeance unless the case was examined. A committee was appointed by the ruffians at Tecumseh. It consisted of the person suspected of the robbery! proslavery; Judge Elmore, pro-slavery, and a Free-State man. The evidence, full and to escape. Next morning after the letter arrived, our mutual friend----left Lawrence for Missouri. He went to the woman, told her of her husband's wish, and, after sunset, started her for Lawrence. They reached it in safety, and were beyond Topeka, when the slave-hunters overtook them, overpowered them and arrested the woman. She had two children with her. They put them in their covered wagon, and drove rapidly towards home. They gagged her; but, in passing H----'s house, she tore off th
Utah (Utah, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
urer to the Southern contributors, and disbursed the treasury of desolation and civil war as the exigencies of their guerilla forces and armies required. This firm has made millions by the government contracts. For a specimen of the manner in which they have been rewarded, I refer you to the last report of the Secretary of the Treasury, from which you will see that they have been paid at the rate of $187 per barrel for transporting each and every barrel of flour forwarded to the army at Utah. If, then, as Charles Sumner says, he who is not for freedom in her hour of peril, is against her, be true, and be equally true of slavery, how will the South and her oligarchy ever be able to defray their indebtedness to the Democracy? and how, too, will New England and the North ever be able to square their accounts, even when the terrible day of reckoning does come? Iii. Slave-hunting in Kansas: fate of the Shannon guards. the most romantic passages of Kansas history have never
Doniphan, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
he did not recover for many months. This man, also, was the leader of the mob which tarred and feathered the Rev. Pardee Butler, and then put him on a raft on the Missouri River — for presuming, in a private conversation, to deprecate the lynching of a man who had suffered there a few days before for his political belief, and also for saying that he himself was in favor of making Kansas a Free State. This man was appointed postmaster at Atchison; his brother-in-law is postmaster still at Doniphan; his paper received the government patronage, and printed the United States laws. The Herald, published at Leavenworth, although neither so honest in expression, nor violent in policy, was equally Satanic in its conduct. It slandered the murdered Free-State martyrs and the Free-State cause; and by its insidious misrepresentations and appeals did more than any other journal to prolong the troubles in Kansas. Its editor-in-chief was appointed Brigadier-General of the militia; its associa
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
, was instantly cashiered. A handbill appeared in Lexington and other Missouri towns a few weeks afterwards, telling workmen that this firm needed help; but it contained this ominous, and in view of the author's connection with the Government, this significant postscript: N. B. None need apply who are not sound on the Southern question. Months elapsed and the war was resumed. The territory was covered with guerillas, gangs of highwaymen, horse-thieves, and house-breakers from Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. An immense posse was gathering at Lecompton to sack the town of Lawrence. The firm had about a hundred men at their establishment preparing to start across the prairies. They were told to go and fight the Yankees, furnished with arms and powder, and had the same pay that they received for their services at their ordinary work. This same firm appealed, with Atchison, to the South for men and arms; one of them acted as the treasurer to the Southern contribu
Fort Scott (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
good man was going homeward with his brother and two neighbors. He was pursued, shot at, and fell from his horse a pale, bleeding corpse. I hit him; you ought to have seen the dust fly, said an office-holder, speaking of the murder. The murdered man was Barber; the office-holder Clark. For so meritorious a servant of the Slave Power one lucrative office did not suffice. His brother-in-law (a person who can neither read nor write) was appointed to a high position in the Land Office at Fort Scott--the murderer drawing the salary of it. When he became obnoxious to the people there, by his frequent marauding excursions and persecutions of the Free-State men, and was obliged to flee for his life, Buchanan opened his arms to receive him, and gave him the fat berth of a purser in the navy — a life-long office. Since the above was in type, Clark has been found dead on the prairie! He met his fate in returning to Lecompton to close up his business there. Jones — faithful sheriff
Connecticut (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
myself in work. He would allow me ten dollars a month. But he could not buy my children. I agreed to go with him. He would not have bought me unless I had been willing to go. I led a first-rate life. I had more work to do than ever in my life before; but I had plenty of privileges, and did not complain when I was treated so well. I was thirteen years at Fort Leavenworth, eight years with Hinkle, and five years with the Major's family. Before my time was out, the Major took me to Connecticut. He was ordered West with his regiment, and died at Fort Riley. I did not try to run away; I was willing to work my time out. But, if he had wished me to return to a Slave State. I would not have gone with him. I would not trust any one with my freedom. A bird in the hand, I thought, was worth two in the bush. These Northern people, when they taste slavery, like it as well as anybody. When they change, they are so different. I have been free, in every way, for two years now.
Calhoun, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
He declared himself ready, too, to enforce the laws --the enactments of the Missouri mob — and to spill his life's blood if necessary to do it. Unluckily he did not deem it necessary to shed his blood — as the future historian and probably Calhoun's own posterity will record with regret. With Falstaff's valor and Falstaff's prudence, he kept himself distant from the battle-field — reserving his strength and ability for another day. His services to slavery, in the Lecompton Constitutionalolitical complexion of that assembly was in his own hands. The defeat of the conspiracy in Congress prevented the completion of the plot. Jack Henderson, his creature — he whose action in the matter of the Delaware crossing put everything in Calhoun's power--United States Senators, State Government and Legislature — the continuance or the abolishment of slavery in Kansas--as far, at least, as political power, under the peculiar circumstances, could have affected slavery, was received at
Clay County (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
I will be thirty-nine next August. I belonged to Mr. William Campbell. I was raised in the same family as Lewis Clarke, who has written a book about his life. My master lived on Silver Creek, about eight miles from Richmond. He owned nineteen or twenty slaves. My mother belonged to him; my father to Mr. Barrett, who lived about three miles off. My mother was always the cook of the family. I lived in Kentucky till I was about fourteen years of age, when old master moved off to Clay county, Missouri, carrying my mother with him, and all her children, excepting Millar, who had been sold to one of Mr. Campbell's cousins. She had thirteen children at that time, and had one more in Missouri. One daughter died on the journey. A kind master. They parted my father and mother; but, when in Indiana, old master went back and bought him. He left us in charge of a son-in-law, and rejoined us with my father in Missouri. My poor mother! It seems to me too bad to talk about it. Y
Fort Henry (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
sband, Joe Brown, was driven out — of the house some three or four years before she was sold; he belonged to another master, and Mr. White did not like him about his house. I know nothing about Joe; his wife was sold somewhere up in Andrew county, and I have heard nothing of her since. I do not think she has ever seen her children from that time. I know that four of them are with Mr. White yet, and that she is not there; and that, about two months after she was taken away, her oldest boy, Henry, was sold down South. My son has kept track of them. Mahala told me she was treated very badly by her mistress. She often tried to whip Mahala; but as she was sickly she couldn't do it — for we girls never would allow a woman to strike us — and so she had to get her husband to do it. He often whipped her ; sometimes stripped her, and sometimes not. A great misfortune. Serena and Manda, my other sisters, were both sold out of the family, privately, to a man of the name of Elisha <
Milton (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
as murdered and a ruffian appointed in his place, and the other (Shoemaker) was first supplanted by a ruffian and then murdered. Mr. Shannon, his successor, who signalized his disembarkment by proclaiming, from the door of a common tavern in Westport, that he was in favor of slavery and the laws of the Missourians, as represented by the Shawnee Territorial legislature, was retained in office and sustained by the party, although notoriously incapable and a sot, until the record of his innumerbeen recently rewarded still further for his services in Kansas by the Marshalship of Arrizonia Territory. Clarkson, notorious as a bully and ballot-box stuffer, long held the office of Postmaster of the city of Leavenworth. Col. Boone, of Westport, who made himself conspicuous, in 1856, in raising ruffian recruits in Missouri, for the purpose of invading Kansas, was Postmaster of that place until he retired from business. He was succeeded by II. Clay Pate, the correspondent of the Mis
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