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Jackson County (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
brother, the old man gave to his son John, who took to gambling and horse-racing, and got into debt; then he mortgaged him to a man by the name of Murray, of Platte city. He is a very good master, I hear. Howard is with him now. Lewis ran away into Kansas six or seven years before the wars there; but they brought him back in irons, and he is there yet. Lewis was married to a girl that belonged to another man, and had two children by her. Then Mr. Williams, who owned her, moved into Jackson county, and took her and her young ones with him. Lewis has never seen them since. The old and young folks. My youngest sister, I do n't know anything about. Angeline, another sister, was sold to Col. Park, of Parkville. She is with him yet. He is a kind master; but you know more of her than I do. My old father is dead. The separation of our family broke the hearts of my father and mother. It was dreadful to see the way my old mother took on about it. You could hear her scr
Andrew (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
county, and lives there yet. Mahala, my oldest sister, was given to Mr. Green White, who was married to Mary Ann Campbell. She got married after she went home with them. She had five children by her husband, and then she was sold away from them. Her husband, 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 st
Tunstall (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
t that he dared to resist the secret will of the Slave Power, as uttered by its faithful instrument Lecompte; when he said that a Missourian should not be bailed for murdering a poor Yankee cripple, the signal was given from the windows of the White House, and the remorseless axe fell! Such heterodoxy was not to be tolerated. By God! said Mr. Kelley, a Kansas postmaster, once, when it comes that a man can be hanged for only killing a d----d Yankee abolitionist, I'll leave the country. He 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 the White House with honor, closeted with Buchanan, and appointed a Secret Territorial Mail Agent. Buford's marauders were presented with arms, and paid by the day for sacking Lawrence and desolating the surrounding region; and one of their number, a Mr. F
Canada (Canada) (search for this): chapter 8
Nebraska Underground Railroad, and remarked that I was proud of the fact that I had armed them, and otherwise assisted them to continue their heroic and arduous journey. That railroad, my friend said, does a very brisk business now. I'll tell you an incident of its history. Clubbing slave-hunters. A slave, named--------, escaped from Bates County, Missouri, and succeeded in reaching Lawrence. There, he was put in the track of the Underground Railroad, and was soon safely landed in Canada. He wrote to our President, announcing his arrival, and urging him to tell his wife of it and to aid her 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 co
Black Jack, Kansas (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
spondent of the Missouri Republican, a man publicly accused by his own towns-people of robbing the mail, who is known to have sacked a Free-State store at Palmyra, and to have committed numerous other highway robberies. But, although these facts were notorious, he obtained and still holds the appointment of Postmaster (at a point convenient for the surveillance of the interior of the Kansas mails), in order to compensate him for his disgraceful and overwhelming defeat by old John Brown at Black Jack. Mr. Stringfellow, the most ultra advocate of proslavery propagandism in the West, at the instance of the friends of the Administration, was elected to the Speakership of the House of Representatives; and the Rev. Tom Johnson, of the Shawnee Mission, who enjoys the unenviable notoriety of having first introduced negro slavery into Kansas proper — long before the Territory was opened — was elected by the same influence President of the Council. It is said that his sons are provided for,
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
rated the following atrocity: On Liberty in Missouri. As maids (or unmaids), if you'll pardon the son-in-law, and rejoined us with my father in Missouri. My poor mother! It seems to me too bad to We girls were all unmarried when we moved to Missouri, and excepting Millar, we all lived together rried. It was the next year after we went to Missouri that I was married to Nathaniel Noll. There within and for the County of Platte, and State of Missouri, personally appeared the above-written Jn the blood-stained hands of Atchison and his Missouri cohorts. I may mention here that after Reeuous, in 1856, in raising ruffian recruits in Missouri, for the purpose of invading Kansas, was Post. A handbill appeared in Lexington and other Missouri towns a few weeks afterwards, telling workmenaymen, horse-thieves, and house-breakers from Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. An im speaking of the first slave who escaped from Missouri by the Kansas and Nebraska Underground Railro[3 more...]
Fort Riley (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
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. Here the narrative of the mother ends. The first thing that sh
Tecumseh (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
by nature and education, he was the captain of a company of ruffians during the civil wars. 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 positive, wa Bench of any Territory! A few days after the publication of the paper, Mr. Kagi again visited Tecumseh, for the purpose of reporting the proceedings of the court, then in session there. Judge Elmor post may be recorded as a specimen of Democratic appointments to legal positions in Kansas. At Tecumseh, one day, after vainly endeavoring, in thick, guttural accents, to open a case, he exclaimed--M
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 8
ol. Before he could draw it, several shots were fired at him by Elmore, and one shot by the United States Prosecuting Attorney, who was perched at a window over-head. Kagi rewarded the cowardly assase — move -- Gentlemen, said Judge Cato, I adjourn the case, as you will notice that the United States is drunk. Cato himself, when in power, frequently left the bench for the purpose of takinngress naked, the Legislature might have met at Fort Leavenworth and elected two pro-slavery United States senators. The political complexion of that assembly was in his own hands. The defeat of th — 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 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<
Minnesota (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 8
on the whole, that to attempt to enslave such a people might be, and probably would be, an unhealthy operation. So, we find, that he confined his exertions to the pocketing of important bills, charters, and resolutions. A sort of mincemeat butcher, this; afraid of the ox's horns, indeed, but willing enough, if need be, to stand behind a fence and goad it gently. His successor is Mr. Sam. Medary, a Democratic midwife of territorial governments, who was thus rewarded for his attempt, in Minnesota, to swamp the ballots of American citizens by the fraudulent and literally naked votes of semi-civilized and unnaturalized Indians. If the history of their executive officers demonstrates that the Democracy are the special champions of slavery, no less clearly is the fact apparent and transparent in their judicial appointments for Kansas. Lecompte, Elmore, and Johnson were the first supreme judges. Judges Elmore and Johnson were discharged, with Governor Reeder, nominally for land s
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