The secret society — movements in the Northwest.
The stories about the existence of a league of ‘"Knights of the Golden Circle
"’ in the Northwest
, which have been circulated in the New York press, appear to have some foundation in fact.
A correspondent of the New York Times
, writing from Vincennes, Ind.
, says that there the people are living over the ‘"fires of a volcano that may burst any hour."’ He says:
There is an organization in the Western States
known as the Knights of the Golden Circle
I believe it is not known in the Eastern
and Northern States.
Its members have been most successful in securing offices in the army.
I know several who hold positions there, and it is strange how they get them, but those I refer to I know to be sympathizers with the rebellion.
Again, they are most active at home in poisoning the minds of the people against the Government
of the United States
Since our late reverses on the Potomac
they are exceedingly exultant.
's proclamation in Maryland
, they say, is the right doctrine.
That, they say, utters the sentiments of genuine republicanism and liberty, and that the policy of Lincoln
's Administration is tyranny and oppression.
These sentiments are openly avowed by many with whom you are acquainted in this place.
The utterances of such sentiment is bad enough, but it is evident that but an opportunity is wanted to inaugurate a guerrilla warfare in the States north of the Ohio
— and that opportunity will not be wanting so soon as the troops called for have gone to the South
A few days since we had at Lawrenceville
an instance of the effect of the spirit of lawlessness which pervades society.
A narrow-minded, bigoted, vicious Democrat
, without any cause of quarrel, but as a proof that he was not for negro equality, met a negro, took up a club and knocked him down.
This occurred a few miles north of the town.
A number of persons were present who testify that the negro said not a word to his assailant before or after the assault.
The next day the negro came to town and made complaint.
His assailant expecting that a writ would be issued also came to town and told the constable he had better not attempt to serve the writ; that he intended that night to kill the negro, and if the officer attempted to serve the writ he would kill him. That night this fellow and fourteen others, all Democrats
and Knights of the Golden Circle
, armed themselves, passed openly through Lawrenceville
, and beat over to where the negro lived, shot him and stabbed him nine times with a bowie-knife, of course killing him. Law-abiding citizens were, of course, shocked at the spirit of lawlessness manifested, but men of the secesh persuasion unblushingly say that they did right, "the d — d negro ought to be killed." The parties who perpetrated the deed move in open defiance of law and have sent notices to the citizens of Lawrenceville
and vicinity, who condemn the act, that if any attempt is made to indict them, that they will kill every d — d Black Republican
and Abolitionist about here.--The Circuit Court meets there on Monday next, and I am curious to see what will be done.
A few days since I was at Mr.
--, in Richland county
, and he told me that he had just been notified that the Knights had made an order confiscating his property.
--,living on Bonds, where there is known to be an extensive lodge of the Knights, and where they shout daily for Jeff. Davis
, came to Mr.
--, and told him that he had been some time before persuaded to join the Order; that he was told it was for the purpose of better organizing the Democratic party, and for a time he supposed such was the real purpose, but gradually the conviction was forced on him that its purpose was treasonable.
At their last meeting it was announced that a rising would soon take place, and then they would seize Mr. --'s stores at Claremont
and Summer, and transfer his goods to the South
for the advancement of Southern rights.
--is a firm partisan of the Democratic
persuasion, but in other respects a good citizen, and there is no doubt of the truth of his tale.
Why, sir, in this town the Union
and Disunion parties are terribly embittered against each other — churches are divided.
preacher, from Kentucky
, came here and split the Presbyterian Church wide open.
The Secesh party was the strongest, and hold the old church building.
Others have organized a second church, and instead of engaging in a common cause to fight the devil, they are fighting each other with a zeal worthy a better cause.
The Episcopal Church would be divided in the same way if there was enough of it, but there are so few members that they can't divides they pray together in church and abuse each other out of church.
Such is a faint idea of the condition of things in this country, and it is growing daily worse.
If the rebellion does not receive a fatal blow soon, a reign of terror will be inaugurated here before the idea of November.
--is an infamous Secesh, and it is said his house is a castle where the Knights hold their nocturnal orgies, and I have no doubt of it, for I saw the most prominent sympathizers in this town go there one night, under very suspicious circumstances.
Just after our reverses on the Potomac
; he came into my office in the happiest mood imaginable. "That was a bad slam, " says he, "that we got in Virginia
I think there is some prospect now of a compromise," &c. #x34;We can never put them down; we must settle it some other way. " Of course, he and I soon quarreled.