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BY G. W. BROWN & CO.
LAWRENCE. KANSAS TERRITORY.' SATURDAY:; DECEMBER 15,1855;
Jije $cW)id of TeeDoSrj).
G. W. BROWN, Editor.
tafffCDCe, Saturday, Vet.lo. 1&J.
i FILL AND ACf RATE ACCOUNT
Invasion of Kansas Ten,
pjcratlia Day of tie Murder of Dow,
fovni to "the Disbandment oi tne
Volunteer Army! . .
Oar town was thrown into a high state
r sc!Dnnetfrcii Thursday 'last by the
;nil?jJ;Vence from near Hickory Point,
'm this Territory, that Chas. W. Dow, This was the first props' of ihe new
!.i pun'' man ak'Ut twenty-two years of Justice(?) Our people knew nothing o --Le
m0st inhumanly murdered by his appointment as sov.nyir foni
f ' artv of "boixler ruffians.' Mr. Dow people of Missouri until Tuday last.
t-'iUd been to a blacksmith shop where Whenthey did learn of it they fell
?sen of these demons incarnate were
t.rrerr;lted. One of them drew a rifle
n him3 and threatened to shoot him on
i lire sp t, but finally set down his weapon
"i frrJiout injuring any one. Mr. Dow
ried to leave, ana got away a tew rods
rirln his attention was directed towards
it "lie shop by the explosion of a percu-ion
nUrge of buck shot m hi-i bo-om liom
-x wretch named Coleman, an i fell dea 1
awn Hie spoi.
An attempt wan maue to arrest me
nfifcrer, but lie was secreted by his
jrro-slarery abettors, and escaped to Mis-:
-Swart. Ihe people via assemble on
: U)nday, and execute summary punish
ment upon the entire party who were
lrescnt, and accessories, to the murder,
: they can be found. VTe wait with
aiiety for further developements.
Tuesday, 4 o'clock A. M.)
Nov. 27, 1855.
The above it?m of news was published
jour issue of Saturday last.
The meeting of the citizens allu led to
convened on the ground where the mur-
l i i i
der was commuted, and enquired into
I the facts at. length. The proof corrobo-
ras our -f i --n 't u m one of the most '
Its on record had
I uv F. X. Coitman &s
,d i! V' fWrr as accessories
J'.iS. M :
bi'.foiV ihe fact..
A series of resolves were passed, a
committee of vigilance was appointed to
investigate th fact ; stiil further, to search
out the offenders, and devise means to
bring them to justice.
Coleman and his party had fled.
The meeting continued in session till
akte hour and adjourned.
Between the hours of nine and ten
o'clock in the evening of Monday, Mr.
Jokes, the Sheriff of Douglas county,
who received his appointment from , the
togas Jjeislature, attended by a posse
f fourteen others, visited tho house o
Jacob Buanso.v, and arrested him for se
curity of the peace, on the oath of a
touple of the abettors in the above trans
ition. Mr. Jones did not read, or even
Kak? Mr. B. acquainted with the charac
ter of his warrant, but told him he must
with him immediately, or he -would
' blow B. to hell in a minute."
Mr. Branson lives near the scene of
tho late murder, and Mr. Dow made it
fc:s home at Mr. B's house. This is
probably the highth of his offending.
The posse.with Mr. Branson, proceed-,
fi towards Lecompcon, via Blanton.
Arriving at the latter place they were
stopped by a party of Mr. B's neighbors
wko had learned of the arrest, and fol
Wbdhim,andby a nearer route headed
tiem near J. B.Abbott's house, in Blan
ton. There were but fifteen of the
rescuers. They threw themselves I
across the road, and requested Branson
.t .1. TTl!1 1.1 1
m leave the party, lie did so, although
tiered to remai
am with the posse, or he
tftftlibe shot down.
Jones disp i-ched an express to the
.....v. u .-ii 1,1 iq auvisaoie to organize me people, with a
yoTernor had given him the assurance view strictly to self-defense, as rumors
taat ten thousand men should be at his- were constantly rife that we were to be
mces immediately, if needed, and de- waited upon by an armed mob from a
ared they should be on the ground neighboring State for the purpose of de
rthwith -, struction.
It seems that Coleman on making his A committee of ten persons was ap
Japefled to Gov.Shasxox. What cheer pointed, with full powers in the premises;
received from tha; w irter we ki not but with the express understanding as
ised; suSce it to say ti.at he ma le his enunciated by the mover for the commit -ay
to Lecomp'on, accompanie i by a tc-e. who was subsequently appointed i:s
Srd to keep him from being injured chairman that it was not for the purpose
passing tnrougn l-awrence. ine
warrant was there made out against Mr.
Ujfsox, no doubt with the view of af-!
ting his credibility before a jury. .
The country is all on fire ? Means are
fcaig employed to call the people togeth- directed against Lawrence. At a sub
A company are patrolling the sequent meeting, the committee reported
ets while we write, and the soul-stir- a plan of action which was adopted.
drum is beating to arms. ! The day wore away without any ap-
There is nodonbL-are thfi rlavesnires. ' rvarancft nf lhft enemv. and the several
organized body, under the charge of
sheriff, will be again upon the coun-
.7 What action our people will take
probable a meeting of the citizens will
convened this morning
A .slip r containing the ' above intelli
5ce -wa-1; uej "from this office", on
. . j c ij
it and forwarded
With the View Of
'' n press
' 0n:; as possible, the Thursday reports increased of aJdi-
0u.3.a- se' statement which would tions to 'the mob who were collecting at
t m circulation in regard to the .Franklin. The numbers were variously
j matter. It is . our purpose to give a
, history of the affair, as observed by us.
that the public may know how to act in
: the premises.
i When we n&nned tho above article we
warrantwas issued trom the District
Court of the U. S., now presided over by
Jujcre CATOjbut we soon after learned
tnat the writ was issuea Dy tmgn xum
eron, a professed Free State man, who
w as sworn into office as a Justice of the
Peace at the moment of signing th
warrant. He was appointed by the
three commissioners of Douglas county,
who received their appointment from
the bogus Legislature, and who secured
theirs from an armed mob from Missouri
andwas commissioned by Gov. Shannon.
chagrined, ana could he have Deen found
at the time we greatly fear violence
would have been committed upon him.
He is now looked upon as a vile apostate,
an Arnold who has sold himself to the
enemies oi r reeaom ior a paury uiuce ;
a Judas who has betrayed his own
countrymen that he might glory in the
appellation of esquire.
self-deluded man ! e pKtv hi
fiail.y, and t"e-l that our people m.ouI j
em:n,issera.e him on the los of , i.-rta-on
; for a man ran only excuse 1 im-
self from such a humiliating posture by
putting in a plea of insanity. When he
i shall be restored to a mcia interval we
have no doubi he will "go out and han
himseli'" as did his ancient prototye.
Hugh Cameron, esquire, How
beautiful the appendage looks added to
the traitor's name, issued the warrant,
and those who rescued Mr. Branson
were aware of the fact, and it was fur
this reason they fay they made the res
cue. They felt that to have sanctioned
the arrest of a citizen by a process, issu
ed, by such a person, and under iu-'u
circumstances would have bet-u ;u-kii. vl-
! edging the justice and legality of ti.ut
illiniums icic?ia. uiu.
i T. , , . j c
If a process had issued from a ( oun
iv - u;f.i, ti1PV ouu ro-nise as havir. - .'
legal existence they would haw alvied
Mr. Branson to have delivered himself
up or to have given bail for Ins g.d b
havior butttay felt thatthev.oil.j ;,t
consistently witlt their oft repeated re
solves, sanction any movement coming
from that body any more, that the fath
ers of the revolution could consent to pay
a trivial tax on tea. It was the principle
which was involved, not tlrq extent of
the injury which would accrue.
But let us proceed with a narration
of facts, and leave tho decision of the
justice or propriety of the movement to
A meeting was convened of our citizens
to learn the cause of the excitement.
A chairman was elected, the object stat
ed, and the particulars of the arrest and
rescue were given by Mr. Branson, and
listened to with profound inteiest by the
people. Mr. B. spoke calmly , yet feel
ingly, and closed with the remark that
he was in the hands of his friends, al
luding to his rescuers, and would sib'id
their judgment. Ilia friend, Mr. Dow,
had been murdered in cold blood, with
out any provocation, and his offending
consisted in knowing who were the per
petrators of that outrage. He knew that
he was singled out for destruction; but if
it was thought the good of the cause, or
the safety of the people of Lawrence de
manded it, he would go home and die in
his own defence, and tind a grave by the
side of his friend.
Others reported that the Governor had
Ibeen informed of the transaction, that
the self-called Slieriff had claimed he
would bring an army to his aid, and
that h.e would demolish Lawrence.
uthers could not see how Lawrence j
was to be connected with an occunenc
which took place from ten to twelve
mie$ distant, and of which thev had no ;
knowledge until after the incidents had
ss, Uiey iiiuiiriii it
ot aggression, or to sineui any person
from deserved punishment, or to resist
the leqally constituted authorities, but
simply to resist the action of a mob frpflf
Missouri, or elsewhere, should one be
military companies were dismissed, aftei
first taking the precaution to select a
guard foj the night.
were seen in the streets in little groupsi
each, apparently, loaded down with im
plements of defence. Rumors continued
to arrive of the movements of Jones, the
bogus Sheriff, and his posse which he
was gauie ring: out uiitb wuua j. oh..
.n n)t d(imoIi,hed
irnorA woc tanf 1tn timfio-K tht ni-rht
estimated. Reports from other directions
showed the character of the movements
and that Missouri was relied upon for
men to carry on the war. Gov. Shan
non was stated to have issued a proclama
tion commanding the Military in the
Territory to come to the aid of Mr.
Jones, in the meantime a recruiting of
ficer was sent to the secret Lodges of the
"border ruffians" for help.
Friday morning showed large ; num
bers of the marauders in the vicinity,
and it was .-aid that day had been fixed
upon for the purpose of re-taking Bran
son, and the arrest of the rescuers. It
was claimed that they had secured the
aid of several pieces of cannon, and
purposed planting them on the heights
so as to command the town, and then a
deputation was to be sent into Lawrence
to demand the escaped prisoner and his
tescuers. If not delivered up the fate of
Greytown was to be ours. Pro-slaveiy
men took their families from the place,
and a-sured their friends in private that
a bloody time was in prospective.
Our people remained firm, cool, and
collected. The principal part of the cit
izens remained at their several avocations
as if nothing unusual was occurring,
save, on el.iM? inspection, it would Lave
been obsr-rvd that tlvey were prepared,
t a n)-nv :!i' no;ic, to rush to the scene
reply provided with weapons
to h.ane tl.eir assaiinn's concede their
ab iity of defending their hearth stones.
Friday afternoon it was reported the
marauders were getting impatient, and
were swearing because others did not
arrive sufficiently fast to please them.
They finally reported they should not
make an attack until Saturday.
A picket guard was ' tept up Friday
night. About two o'clock Saturday
morning a company from the southern
part of the Territory, of free state men,
arrived on horseback, with their rifles in
hand. They had learned that an express
was in the vicinity enlisting every pro
slavery man in that region lor the pur
poseof marching agaiustLawrence. True
io the. instinct of manhood they came to
our relier, and proffered their services,
which were gladly accepted.
Scouts cuii.e iii during ihe day repre-
siting u.at tli- numbers oi ihe enemy
v re bt'iug conL-imlv augmented, but
that they had d lined th.'ii- aitack until
Secrei-. -r Jnpass u to ,Le- j would l.ave been present era Jt not for
compton on !'riu;y - .. i .g, and report f the circumstance of his' being hi the vi
say.s Gov. SUttfH-i.t i- ..-.iiiig to assume cinity of the occurrence at the time, on
the command of the oilud a; mies. i leal business.
During the night panic combmed to "Maj. Clark, the Indian. Agent for the
arrive, each bringingtheirarms, anxUuch I Potowotimies, has reinforced the mob at
ruda inipiemeuts for the battle field as ! Lecompton with a party of Indians.
were within their reach. They declared while passing through
Never did a lovelier morning dawn on Topeka that they sliould not return witii
the world than was Sunday, the 2nd of j out a pair of scalps, one on each shoul
December. The day previous was cold j der. Clark attempted to bl.oot. a Free
and cheerless, but "he who hlds the State man the other night but the ball
winds in his list," had restrained their 1 passed through the leg of one of his own
violence, ' and all nature Iooke.1 gla I and party, and mangled k so bally it is
joyous. Looking out upon t:;e street we probable it will be necessary to'ampu
found it alive with armed men. ; ;aie it. . ;
Every variety of rumor coruinu -d t - Monday opened upon us fair and bea"5
reachus. It was said thai au army of tiful. The town, as usual for the last
Missouriaus had man hed against Lf-av- few days, was alive with armed men.
enworth, determined to take advantage ; They had continued to arrive through
of the occasion to expel tree Suite men; the nh'ht, and poured in on foot, In
from that vicinity. Others reported ihati wagons, and on horseback, each ready
Topeka was to be attacked. Scouts ar- j to sell his life as dearies possible in
rived, bringing accounts of the beseigersj defense of his home and God-given
and of their increase. (rights. The following proclamation was
In the morning the Leavenworth Her-1 received from Guv. Shannon. Read it,
aid was received by an express, which j freemen of Kansas, and see the base re
gave us to understand for the first, the j sort to which Gov. Shannon lias descend
report of the enemy, and the character of ('ed, with the view of carrying his igno
the statements which would be telegraph- j ble purpose of enslaving us. The Sen
ed east. It is needlos to add that nearly j ate of the .United States will remember
every assertion in the paper was 'raise as ! his patriotic services in due time, and
regards the rree b a e party, the people i
of Lawrence lnpartioai ;r, or their action. ;
Messengers from Leavenworth stated I
mat a large numor or men naa crossed
the Missouri at that point, and had re
solved to join the marauders.
Positive information was received that
a piece of ordinance was in the enemies
camp, and thai their numbers equalled
about :.wo hundred.
A gentleman direct from Missouri
states the whole State is on fire, and that
there is no doubt it will set the Union in
A small party arrived this morning
from Topeka. They give us the assur
ance that we shall be largely reinforced
from that quarter by night.
The Bloomington rifles are here; also
those from Wakarusa and Palmyra.
Exptves have been sent through the
Tv nit..ry for aid, and it is said a mes
senger has gone to Iowa to send a cor
rect version of the affair to the States.
Measures are being taken to provide ac
commodations for the soldiers, as public
and private houses are overflowing,
ery one seems solicitous to do all in his
power for the furnishing with provisions
and lodgings thoe who arrive. Appre
hensions of being short of provisions are
entertained on account of the large num
bers collected here, with the fact that
the besiegers have cut off all opportuni
ties of procuring supplies from Missouri.
Teams loaded with provisions are stop
ped, and those with goods are searched.
Boxes of goods are broken open, ami
overhauled. A load of paper for the
Herald of Freedom office was sent back
a half mile to be examined, but finally
allowed t come on,' after remarking that
"the editor would not be in a condition
to use it by "the time it would arrive ia
Lawrence." Man are stationed . at the
crossing of the Wakaru-a whose business
it appears to ba io ex2rcie a strict sur
veilance over everything passing into
the Territory. ......
It is reported that tKe thirty, Shvnnon,
has telegraphed to Washington for au
thority to use the. Ucited States troops.
Probably he cannot see that the fact of j
his bringing an armed mob into the Ter
ritory from Missouri, and his calling for j
government troops to Ins aia, is prooi
positive of the unpopularity oi the laws,
and the almost unanimous determination
of the people not to obey them.
No religious meetings were held to
day, the hall being occupied by an as
semblage of the citizens at large with
rifles on their shoulders, and the same
was repeated in the evening.
During the day report reached town
that McCrea had made his escaje from
the prison at Leavenworth, prompted to
it, no doubt, by threats of mob violence.
Rumor f&idhe passed through Lawrence,
the night previous, on his way to Texas.
Jones, with a body guard,' rode thro'
Massachusetts street, and 'was hooted by.
the boys as he passed.
(xen. liiCHARDsoN and staff were also
in town, and dined with Hon. J. H-
A company of upwards 'of one hun
dred persons, armed to the teeth, arrived
from Topeko about nine o'clock in the
evening. They were welcomed with
chetr ur-on cheer, v.d.ioV was '"reimned
with a hearty good will by our T'tcha
; friends. During the day much labor
wns required to keep our boys 'from
rushing out and chastising th-? maraud
ers who had come from a neighboring
Suite with cannon for the iivWc -a purple
of battering down theiJuaTj. They
incensed to be called from their labors at
this very busy season to rcpuhe a drunken
rabble, even if it was brought here by
Shannon. Thev felt that it was his du
ty to have learned the facts from a reli
able source before he resorted to such a
villainous course tJ have crushed us.
But one feeling characterized our peo
ple. Every man felt he Ld been threat
ened quite long enough, and pref Tied
meeting the question now than to defer-
ring it to another occasion. He was con-
scions of being in the right-; had done i
nothing which the most devoted friend of
the freedom of Kansas, either in Congress
or out oi ' it couia nave uesireu to nave
Ibeen difierent. The tact that one of our
citizens was concerned in the rescue of
Mr. Branson could not militate against
tliA tmvii. There is no rohaSilitv he.
strip him of his honors and title, and
make him plain Mr. Shannon
By the Governor of Kansas Territory.
Kansas Teiikitkt. f
Whereas reliable information has been received
that a nnmeroui association cf ef Jaw-less men.
. . J !L J..1I 1 ..1
anaeu ueauy weapons, ana suf-pjioj wun
the implement of war. KatMtnltA n.
federated together for the avowed purpose of
orTm?bT farce and violence the exertion of
of Dourfaa. on or abont the L'Gth of thin month.
ni&Ive u violeiit assault on the Sheriff of said
coimty. with deadly weapon, and did overcome
force and uolence. a person arrested bv Virtue
of a pejea warrant, and thea and there a p. is- J
oner. !u,tdeii hv 8Md bhenti, jmrt otucr andAi-
ens i utr:i2a did commit m violation f Uvr.
Aiid irec-reas. abo, inionnatioa has been re-
cured that this confederated ban i of liwloss f
bum down. nirnbsr of l ouses ofpea -e .biel
njid aco3ljidis citizen. ..n I did destroy u ecu-
bj-icrac:- amcrn; oi rse mm proper"-: f:i: t j
'.5r;r,,v,,.,i-. ,,..v -..nv ftL., j
cgarinla-v ei this itmwry, nnvt iv&Ut by j
o.-ce of arm sll oSters anl taose ai.Hcfir onJ f
anv proi-ess iss
ju-jd in pursuance then- -f.
also, I have reodvid ?At,:sfa;to-
rv informauon that this armel
lawless men fcavo proeboimed-their dctarni' na
tion to attack theaaidSheriiFof lio?Iitounry.
and reaoue from his enstody a prux-ner, for thi
avowed pnrpose of execntiEr him withoat a ;'n
dit ial trial, and at the earae tima threatea&i the
life of tha Sheria and ther citizens.
Now. therefore, to tbe tci that the authority
of the laws may be maintaia-jd, and those er-n-eerued
in violating thetu. brought to immediate
and cendiirn .punUhruent, and that the paid
Sheri of Donsrlas connty. may be . protected
from ladeaj violence ; in'the eiecction of the
lawful warrants and otisr proce?a in hU hands,
I. Wilson Shannon, Governor of said Territory,
have isned thlmy r-roelasiation, ailing on all
wel disposed citizens of this Territory to rally
to the support of the Uws cf their country, and
reonirir? scd comm&Biin? l!1 fc-fficers. civil and
military, anl all other citizens of ibia. Territory
who shillbo (bsnd triiLia the vicinity of thasa
outrae, to be aiding and a suiting: bv alloieani
in their rower in one'linff thia aTmeS organiza
tion, and a&istin? the 6heriqf and Lis deputies in
recapnmn2 ina aoove n&mea pnscnar, and aid
ing and assisting him in the execution of all le
5 process in his hands. And I do furthar owa
mand, that the District Attorney, for the Dia-
trut in which th m ontraa took place, and ail !
other perfona concerned in the adznisitrtion ot
exocBtion of tie law cause the above cSkaderg'
and all m-h as tiled t r assisted them, tobe
ir.c-oi-tfciT arieed, smd proceeded v ilh accord
ing U iUW.
Givn trover niy hr.nd.tnd tlx teal o
iYl-tt the Territorr, thii 29th dar f Xn
MSSfrjrS vniber, in the year of cur LcrJ
1S55- ' -
T , r, WILSON SHANNON.
' By the Governor : , . . .
Dan'l Woodson, Seeretaryof tlte Territory.
When the above instrument was re
ceived ia town, a meeting was called.
the proclamation read, and a commit
tee, consisting of Dr. C. Robinson. G
W. Smith, G. P. Lowry, Morris Hum
ana J. 1. .Lane, isqs., were appointed
to report .a resolution in regard to the
same, for publication, which they did to
an aujourned meeting, which was adopt
ed as tne vence of the meeting by ac-
cjamauon ; which was as follows :
The Committee to whom was referred
a paper dated Nov. 29th purporting
be the proclamation of Gov, Shann
submit the following report:
44 ihat the allegations contained in the
proclamation aforesaid are false in whole
and in part; That no such state of faces
exists in this community ; That if such
: representations were ever made to Gov.
Shannon, the person or persons who
made them have grossly deceived him ;
That no association of lawless men
armed with deadly weapons has everbeeu
farmed in this community for the pur-po-e
of resisting the laws of the coun
try, trampling upon the authority of its
ofiicers, destroying the property of
peaceable citizens or molesting any per-
sonin this Territory, or elsewhere, ia the
enjoyment of their rights..
C. ROBINSON, Chairman.
. Reader, however much inclined to
stand aghast after reading the official doc
ument, struggle to hold your breath one
moment longer while you read the fol
lowing privule letter to Gen. LucianJ.
Eu stin, the editor of the Leavenworth
Herald. It is copied verbatim from the
orginal.'and can be relied upon as strict
ly correct. The italics are ours : j
Deap. Geneeai. :The Governor havin-;a'.Ied
out, thy miiitia. tins is to inform you to order out
your division, and iirot-ead forthwith tv livoran-
No comments are needed ! The same
authority that elected the Legislature and
made the laws, is appealed to to sustain
and enforce them. The fPlatte County
I'flo'CetapiY,,',is desired a? they.i'ars
olwam ready to help us," "The Gov
ernor has not the power" to enforce the
laws, hence this movement ; but, say,
"Dear General," "Do not implicate the
Governor, whatever you do."
Spread that document before ihe
country, send it to the President and to
Congress. It tells officially the charac
ter of ouropposers, and the source from
whence they come. It shows their
weakness in the Territory, and will give
our friends confidence in the east. It
also shows who are the supporters of
Gov. Shannon, and who are relied upon
to sustain him. It does more ; it damns
him and Secrettry Woodson. It fixes
the brand upon their brows, and makes
them the subject of derision, scorn and
contempt. Call upon the people of
MisSOUl i. KlMllQA thiV era r,tinn,i
We have no desire to comment fur
ther. The various companies are going
through with military evolutions in
the street while we write, and the
sounds "right dress," "front face,"
" forward, march," are beard above
the din, and the word of command is
lost in the roll of the drum which is
beating to .arms.
Since writing the above we under
stand that a committee from the enemy's
camp has visited town, and say had they
unaerstooa all the lacts they would not
r.avo precipitated matters as they have.
There are symptoms of their backing
The roar of cannon is occasionally
heard in the distant.
A tlt Ql,-.-,-- J nl
A PiiTlY of knawnees, and also of Del
e wares, have tendered their services to
our people, but will not be accepted un
Iess Indians are employed against us.
An express brought a dispatch into
town jU5t at evening, with the news that
Mr- PHILLIPS, reporter of the N. . Tn
bune; had been arrested by the invaders',
parched, and finally discharged. He has
, . ,
ge to lay his protest at SUCh indignities
betol'e the LTOvernor.
The proclamation, from Gor. Shan
n m. wa$ sent to Leavenworth, and from
, A t x:n.i
tnence - to Missouri
The only cop7
which arrived at this point was brought
here by our friends, otherwise we miVftt
u;"c iciuamcu m ui.m iguvmutc iuti
we were in open rebellion. The instru
ment was issued for effect on the "Platte
County Rifle Company." '
Tuesday morning is cold and windy.
Last night a scouting party of ten visit
ed the enemy's camp. They reported
that it was claimed there were 450 of
the marauders, but it is believed there is
not over 200 at Franklin.
Jones was stopped , by our picket
guard last night, but was allowed to pro
ceed after stating who he was ; it was
the presumption that he was . needed in
camp to look after his drunken soldiery.
It is understood that the Grand Jury
of Judge Cato's Court, which convened
on Monday , morning, has found bills of
indictment against the principal citizens
of Lawrence, and it is supposed that writs
wiliba issued for , their &rrest immediate-
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There is not a doubt but that fift
t'jij. x he G:temr H44 hattno tli vwter, yvu
cat call on, the FlatU Gunt RijU C m.a.ty,c$
our rul-Khun are always ready to hip v. l)o
not implicate the Gvenutr ichitft'itr von fa.
persons who had, come to the scene of
trife to aid in subduing us, left for their
homes on Monday, expressing regrets' i
that they were misled by such damnabie
tales of talsehood as Shannon, Ayoodson,
Jones fc Co., had promulgated ia regard
to us. If there is a iaiau in the United
States Senate who can vote for the con
firmation of Shannon, after ho becomes
acquainted with these facts, he should
be politically damned. The House of
Representatives, if. it has any regard for
its position, will send for persons and
papers, and impeach Secretary Woodson
for writing that letter to East'm. .
The. drum is a;ain beating, and the
citizen soldiery are . rushing ft 6m their
quarters to iorm into lice to answer to
The wemen and children of pro-sla
very men, all over the country, have been
removed to Missouri. . Our women, on
the contrary, have not showed a particle
of alarm, nor will not. They know their
husbands and friends are in the right, and
if the issue shall come they will be found
by our sides defending their homes to the
last extremity. These times remind us
forcibly of "the times we read about."
Eleven o'clock, A. M. Jones , has
just been here, and was surrounded by a
crowd, to whom he declared that m due
time he should dicliarge his duty fear
lessly. He looked cowardly while he
ihus spoke, though he kepi a cigar be
tween his teeth to show his unconcern
eduess. , , ,
Our article on the " war ' came down
to eleven o'clock 6f Tuesday, the 4th
nst. iSoon after, a report came into
town that Gen. Pomeroy, Mr. Philips,
reporter of the N. Y. Tribune, and M.
I. Qonway, Esq., had fallen into the
lands of the mob, and that . the proba
bility was they would be lynched.
borne Delaware Indians brought the
intelligence that B. F. Stringfellow. and
his brother of tho Squatter Sovereign,
had passed up on the north side of the
nver to Lecompton.
. Teamsters ai rrived, who reported that
they were stopped, their goods over
hauled, aud such articles as the mob de
sired were appropriated to their use. A
keg of powder and a quantuy of lead
and shot wen; thus forcibly taken from
goods belonging to Mr. Rowe.
.1 rovistous of everydescription were
also taken v Travelers wh jvere, puri
iug their-journey Vere 'hivliriaofy strip
ped and searched, and if at all suspic
ious, were detained as prisoners. Some
were shamefully treated, and allowed to
depart. There are numberless stories
of escapes, and the use of all sorts of
stratagems to avoid. a stoppage on the
road, by persons who were on their way
to this place and other points up the
A council of Gen. Robixsox and staff,
consisting of the principal citizens, was
held in the evening. It was resolved to
lay the whole facts before the country,
and if the difficulties here were to be
settled by the arbitrament of the sword,
tho nation was to be involved. It was
resolved that the Spartan band who were
contending at the Thermopylae of Free
dom, should notstaudsinle-liandedand
alone, when a beck would bring armies
and treasure to our relief. .
Messengers were . dispatched to Gov.
Shannon, with a memorial, detailing our
grievances and setting forth our position,
aud asking his interposition to remove
the mob which were menacing us, else
the people would not be responsible for
the consequences. The Committee of
Safety set forth in plain terms the indig
nities which had been heaped upon us.
Couriers were also dispatched through
tiie Territory, asking for every man who
could bear arms to come to our help.
Ihe uigency 01 immediate aid was for
cibly set forth. . ,
It was resolved to throw up entrench
ments, and prepare oursel ves iu every
possible way for a siege. :
In the meantime military officers were
elected of every grade, Dr. C. Robikson
being Commauder-in-Chief, .Rumors
hourly reached us of the movements of
the enemy, and their threats of extermi
nation and vengeance. . : , 4 ..,
Wednesday was full of interest. ; Gen.
Pomeroy and Mr. Phillips arrived early
in the morning, having rode on horse
back all night, and swam the Kansas
river in order t reach town. Mr. Pome
roy was pursued by seven demons, who
attempted to arrest and lynch him ; but
a sight of his revolver, drawn and cock
ed upon the leader, saved hira from in-
Uiguity, and perhaps loss of life. Mr.
Pniilips was arrested, taken back, search
ed,, detained through the night,: and
nnaliy released through kindly influ
ences which we do not care to mention at
this time. They gave a graphic account
of their adventures, which fwas listened
to with deep interest.
Information was laid before the Coun
cil, which confirmed , our previous im
pression, that this invasion of tourTer
ritory was long, premeditated, and that
the first plausible pretest had been taken ,
advantage of to commence the work of
destruction. ; The pro-slavery press has
abounded for a longtime with threats of
annihilation ; but we could not believe
them base enough or so foolish as . to
commence ( such a policy. ? They :. caw
power departing, and all th?ir; hopes of
ever making Kansas a slave State ..frcs-trated-
notwithstanding their . Tesort to
their ' principal stock ia trade to-wit :
Muster and gasconade- and - this was
their last grand stroke to regain tieir de
parting power. " They believed the peo
ple of the free States were such eraven
hearted cowards that they would quietly
yield them the Territory, if they could
only demolish two or three towns, drown
a few more printing presses, and hang
the principal citizens. Never were any
class of persons more infatuated H From
their actions it is presumable their leaders
are constantly drunken, else how can We
account for their short-sighted policy?
We said, this movement was premedi
tated on the part of the rowdies of Mis
souri; of which B. F. Stringfellow and
Davy Atchison are the principal leaders!
There is not a doubt of that fact ! They
designed coming here on election day,
but it was seen that $0 lonsr as the Hi
souri river should remain navigable, so
long the people "of Kansas were sure of
succor from the East. 4 It was therefore
proposed to defer the blow to the close
of navigation, and it has been done.-
Ther result is : The murder of a Free
State man, and the burning of the
dwelling of the murderer by himself, or
his own friends, are made the cause for
visiting destruction upon an entire pop
ulation: ;.' Three entrenchments wero thrown up;
one across Massachusetts street, near its
confluence with Pinkney street, and two
of circular form near Henry street, de
signed as a protection to those having
charge of Sharpe's rifles, and so ar
ranged as to command Oread Mount,
where it is presumed it is the intention
of the mob to plant their artillery. The
men worked nobly on the fortifications,
furnishing incontrovertible evidence
that the movement was a popular one,
and that it was deemed essential for the
protection of the masses. .
Every branch of business has been
suspended, save preparations for defense
and the collecting of provisions, and tho
preparing of the same for feeding the
army already on tho ground. Merchants,
mechanics and laborers, are seen with
arms upon their shoulders at all times.
A review of tho forces took place to
day, which made au imposing appear
ance. About four hundred and fifty
persons appeared on the field ; and from
our observation at the time we have not
a doubt but two hundred additional per
sons were scattered over the town who
would have been in the field had tho
emergency demanded, or a strict mili
tary discipline been enforced. Whatever
man was under ' any other than ' a moral
obligation to bear arms ; and it is a won
der that such strict subordination tras
observed among such a mass of unculti
vated material. It was only another
proof of the capacity of the people for
self-protection ; another vindication of
squatter sovereignty. We were pleased
to see the ease with which the citizens
learned the step, evolutions and air of a
soldier. Some of them learned too Tead
ily, and began to swear "worse than our
army in Flanders."
Geh. Pomeroy was dispatched to the
States, with the view of laying the facts
before the country, Congress and the
President. " A memorial drawn up for
the use of Congress, urging that - body
to inquire into the facts, and to send for
persons aud' papers, was unani
mously signed. r ' ' "
. A n appeal was also sent to the Patriots
of America for men, arms and treasure.
Guards were again placed upon duty,
and apprehensions were entertained of
au attack .during the night.
Fkidat morning was full of interest,
as this was another of the days when an
attack was threatened. A squad Of
cavalry were detatched, and; sent to es
cort a piece of artillery into town,' which
was received about one o'clock, notwith
standing the vigilence of the enemy. ;
A rumor was received that Gen. Pom
eroy was again taken, and aras in the
enemy's camp, but little credit, however, ,
was given to the report.
Another circular redoubt was., com
menced on Vermont street, and the oth
ers pushed on to completion. ,
' A large national flag was planted, on
a high fctaff, at the principal entrench
ment, . near the, foct of Massachusetts
street, while others were floating over the
Free . State Hotel, and Hutchinson &
Co.'s store building. ' ' "
- The Hotel was made the Head Quar
ters of the Council, the General and staff, ?
as also of the soldiers. The large dining
room, was taken possession of, and used ;
for boarding those from a distance. ;Ti&
unfinished rooms were variously been-.
pied, and every portion of it . teemed
with. life and animation,;' ', ' - :,'
But we hasten to detail another horrid
murder, equakd only in atrocity by tho
shooting down of Chas. W.owmcbjd
blood. e The news . reached town about
four o'clock, and tie eitement' was in
tense as the intelligence passed from lip
to lip. . . . ' " '
Tuoxas Barber,, residing one
mile east of Bloomington waS Ljaknig;
his way home on .Thursday afternoon,
on horseback from Lawrence accornpi
nied by his brother, Robert Barber and
his broiher-in,Iaw Th'oma Pkfsbo : ;
Arriving near.4 Mr. Smpson resideste,
California .road, they . met a party of
about twelrA Trson nn hflihsiii'.'Xrha'
appearedto Jbe'maluBff .tfeir.waj 16 the :
enemy's camp at FrankHn, . Bfasin to :r
obey the orders to suxresdri they jwefo ' '
fired cpon.-x0ne halTjissed through -thebody
ot Tncmsk ,7. Barber, alb ,
through ths horse cf one; of theothsr ,
member of the party ut, B, Wss fa- .