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(ul'In Paper the l8Tr of
Congress are Piitsllslied ly Au
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Hon. David R. Atchison,
of ,9Iissouri,
. ' .: . . The Season. . -
'- Summer has past and autumn has again
xetcmed, and with it, it 1 as brought cool
evenings and frosty rr ornings. The sea
son just past has been an abundant one.
In no part of our country is heard the cry
of '-scarcity of provisions," but all 'have
been blessed with ; plenty. - The fanner,
and the mechanic, and the merchant, hav
! all reaped the benefits of an abundant yield
during the past season. . With this state
of affairs, our country cannot but prosper.
And we have no reason for supposing that
the country will not be thus blessed in the
future. - Whew we look around us and see
the almost instant uprising of towns and
cities, and improvements of all kinds rna
king in the most rapid manner possible, we
feel proad of our country, proud of Arneri
' ca, and r rcud of the ajo in which we live.
v cic.y unc urn -minui. auu let every
jieun iTiruo 10 cou whii me nouiest aspira-
tions of piaise and thanksgiving. :
JKThe "Kickapoo Pioneer," a Know
Nothing paper published in this Territory,,
is the only pro-slavery (?) - .Journal that
has had tlj temerity to question the ve
racity of-Mr. Laughlin's exposition of the
tntJnight order of abolitionists in this Ter
ritory. It should bo remembered that its
editors afe Know-Nothings, and that 'Mr.
Laughliu is nn Irishman, and therefore in
the opinions of. these scape-graces, his
statements are "not worth mveh"
We Irarn froin Mr. Newman, of Dt.-n-iphau,
that Samuel Collins of that place,
was killed this morning about sunrise, by
Pat. Laughlin. As far a3 we have-been
able to learn, the circumstances are as
. follows :
Mr. Laughlin, recently made ; an ex
positioa of the midnight organization ex
istiag among the Abolitionists in the Ter
ritory, -called -the "Grand Eucatannent
and Et?gimer.ts of the lvansaK--Legion."
r':., : r,.i.,..i ,.r
- Regiments in this order, - and ' determined
to force Mr. Laughlin to a retraction, or
kill him. In accordance with this deter
- intnation, he and some T WELVE brother
Abol:tiouist3 proceeded Wednesday last to
seek out Mr. . Laughlin, arid demanded an
unqualified retraction of his recent confes
sion, and upon Mr. L.'s refusing to make
, anv rvnrt-sirn vhntpvr. CJnlms immedi
ately snapped his gun at him, (Laughlin)
and then fired at him, but fortunately the
weapon was turned adc by a spectator.
Mr. Laughlin then drew a' revolver and
fired ou his opponent, killing him instant-
We regret to learn that Mr. L., was
tTangerouslj' hurt in the conflict by a knife
wound in the side. We are also informed
, that his friend Mr. Lyncli, a member of
t-e pro-slavery party was wounded in the
head by the discharge of a gun.
Thus it is, that he fight so long talked
abcut has begun, and it is to be hoped that
this fearful, but righteous result, wiil quell
the rising , spirit of rebellion and -treason
'which has been rioting in onr midst.
v We learn that Mr. Lynch, who was en-
. gaged iu the fight, has been tried und ac
quitted. - ' - . . - . ' : ; j
r .-t? '. 1 1
Jdiy iicpfoving. No cue need fear com-
.houses. Ve see Mr. W'oolfolk; is just
completing his large store. lie intends
opening a large stock of goods in early
srring. " " .
We invite attention to the adver
, tiscrcent of A: J. G. Westbrook. He has
one of tie largest stocks ia the upper coun
try and one cf the lest selected stocks.
" We can tesuTy in behalf of many, of his
articles, and more especially' the 'Ginger
1 Brandy and Cigars. Call on him'ail who
: i yant good things, at the stand foruierly oc
cupied by Ewetl &. Dykes' drug store.
...JtOWe publish in to-days paper, by
. requst. the letter of Pat. Laughlin again,
aaJiadso. the Constitution and Ritual of
the Grand Encampment oi the Kansas Le
gion. -We know of nothing that we had
rather give place to in our columns.
Vi The weathsr coaunues cool'at this
pomg No snow of any consequence" has
Vft ,fa!?9n,tat ve "l3ji; cut for a squall,"
Allow me through the columns ofycur
valoahk paper, to lay before "yoormany
I infolliorprrf " riiil;r avn prv irrT".nrtr nt
i and startling farts ia relation to a subject
I ia which the South, and 1 may say the
whole nation is deeply ..interested.-
But before proceeding farther permit roe
to say, it is not lor the purpaseot gi
for myself any ntmspa per notoriety
aave teen induced to puotisn
the midnight treasons of a. party with
I regret to say 1 have acted, alas! too
long. Yet ia leaving' that party'aud tua-
King tne exposition I do cf so many oi its
leading members. I am cot ignorant of the
danger to which I hazard not only my Hie,
tut also my character; fori know that
both , wiIL be. violently assailed. Sat ,re-
guruiefS' of the danger thai surrounds me,
1 will come out unmasked, as is 'the duty
of erery good . citizen, let lite : resist be
what it will, and show to tpe nation the
midnight wire-working -the treasonable
! actions of an abolition faction whose trick
' ery, if not stopped,' '-will evidently plunge
the country in civil war, and from the bills
of Kansas which now look so verdant and
beautiful, shall plow torrents of human
core. Yes, Americans shall he arrayed
against Americans in this beautiful land ;
here shall the bonds of the Union be sev
ered, and here will liberty be destroyed.
Anarchy shall follow, and out oi confusion
and the snicking ruins of our liberties shall
spring that abominable thing, an unlimited
Monarchy. : ; .
These are not fancv sketches : they orig-
! inated ia my mind , by calm reason, and
were nursed and brought to maturity by
long observation and much intercourse
witn this evil designing party. A party
with which. I i connected myself, not for
honor or emolument, but through sympathy
because I thought the rights of the peoph
were involved, and the laws violated by the
citizens of Missouri (only) and because I
felt I could endorse the sentiments of .the
Free State party, who held out the idea to
me that they were tor prohibiting the. ad
mission of negroes, bond or free, into the
Territory,' that they endorsed the Fugitive
Slave Law, the Kansas and Nebraska
Bill, and that they would only take honor
able steps to carry out their principles.
w..,.i. ....:.,: ...,.;. !. , r - i. .........
f accordanCt. v.itlUJ1y own private views;
I jelt I tou
L-ouId unite with such a party, and
labor assiduously in such a cause. I did
unite with thein, I felt I was'embarked iu
a good cause, and God knows 1 was to
them a "good and faithful servant." I
rode night and day, neglected my own pri
vate business for what I thought the pub
lic good. Little dreaming that I was at
that tinB strengthening and spreading the
cause of that damnable faction, lhi Aboli
tion part' whose negro love far exceeds
their love cf liberty or love of country.
But I do not wish to be understood as
branding-as abolitionists all who are con
nected with this party, nor all who are.
members of the secret organization to which
I did belong ; for I am personally acquain
ted with many who are members of both,
who are as good citizens as any in the
land, and many of whom I believe will en
dorse my conduct in making the exposition
I do. JVIaiiy of them I believe are ignor
ant of the net worlc in which they are
caught, and of the manner in which they
are entangled. They are not aware, per
haps, that they are bound under a solemn
obligation, as soon as an abolition faction
shall call on them, to forsake their families
and all that is dear to them, and march' to
the field, rifle in hand, to shed the blood ol
their countrymen ; vet this, thourrh stramre.
is al! a. matter of fact, cs I shall prove u
flu- sn llfurlinii nf all nnnr-iiiilii..i1 rin,l
" " .
er to do this it is necessary for me to
give a history ot the manner in which ' I
became a member of the secret organiza
tion c.nlled, or rather ijamed, the "Territo--ial
Gn.1 id Encampment and Regiments
of the Kansas Legion."
There was a meeting of the Free State
party-held at the house of A. Larzelere,
on the 25th of August, for the purpose of
sending delegates to the lerntoriai Con
vention, to be held at Big Springs, K. T.,
on the oth of Sept. Tnere were fifteen
delegates sent, only ten of went to the
Convention. I was one among the ten
who attended. I was sent at, the request
of several of the delegates a few days ahead
of the, others, iu order to inquire into the
state of the' party, as well as to have some
printing done When I arrived at a place
called Ocena.in Atchison county, I stopped
to inquire the way to. Lawrence. I soon
found I had dropped into the house of one
of our party. A conversation sprung up
between us in which 1 took a very impor
tant part, and denounced in very harsh
terms the people of Missouri onaccount'of
their conduct at the spring election.
I showed rtrr resolutions to ,the gentle
man with whom I was conversing (a Mr.
Crosby) who, after perusing them, went
into a private apartment and bade ine-follow
; he told me in a whisper that they had
an organization which served very, much
to strengthen our party, and wifh which he
would make me acquainted; without re
ceiving an answer from me, he bade me
hold up my baud and take the obligation
with him. This I did ; he then gave ine
two bocks, which he told me were the Rit
ual Und Constitution of the order, which
he wished ine to take to Grasshopper Falls
and organize a society there. . This I as
sented to and did, without looking at the
bocks, only at the obligation, which I was
bound to do, to organize the society. I or
ganized the society there, and gave up the
books, i I then went on my way, to Law
rence, and went to the office of the "Her
ald of Freedom." where. I was directed by
nearly all the Free SciJers on my way, oa
account of its editors being so periect in the
faith. I went to Mr. Brown's office and
introduced myself,' showing him the pro
ceedings of our meeting, which he com
mented on in a very criticising way, say
ing we had done very, wrong by adopt iiig
some of our resolutions, which were op
posed to the admission of free negroes into
the future State of Kansas, because lie
said it would "give offence to many of our
best friends in the North." I answered,
"these are our .sentiments, independent of
Northern Abolitionists, or Southern Nulli
fiers." I then let Mr. Brown know that I
,wa? a member. of the secret order, after
wr.icti r.e nesitateo a good .deal, and then :
tolJ me to call the next dayU I'returned i
the next day and no gave Ine two Consti-
i tyUQ;i3 fc xL county, as itwa fx U:e tawn :
of Doinphan, in which I was to organize,
u society Our delegates' were informed
at lig Springs; that X had ..Constitutions to
organize them into a society. - When I
returned I was immediately put at to or
ganize theui which I did,' and until after
thenl never read their Consrltutionr-1
then spoke to some men in the county, who
would g-i lato it oaly oa condition, and
appeared very lukewarm in regard lait.
I'coorfuded I-lrad better keep lb two cop
ies cf rthe . constituuon, which I tnoughl
would be useful to me in making" hfs expo
sition, a thing I had. determined on doing i
as scoti as I discovered their treasonable
designs. : 1 " j- 7 70 ' 7
But I must come to the point, and make
known the object of this-society, and the
manner in which U is organized. ,
Its object is to make Kansas a free
State, hv force of arms, if they fail to carry
their point by legal means. To effect this
they have organized a -society ; or sfcret
army, who are provided with Sharp's rifles
fee of charged (I saw many of those rifles
and'other equipments in Lawrence) by an
organization in Boston, got up for the pur
pose of aiding the Abolitionists in Kansas
to make it a free State. From this organ
ization, I have been informed, the'Execu
tive Committee at Lawrence have received
8100,000 to defray - the . expenses of a
State organization, a movement which is
on foot by the Free-Soil-Abolition party.
I am a member of this" Committee, and the
above information Was brought to me:by a
member of the Committee.;- This was just
before the. election for Ex-Governor .Reed-
er, and made me feel very; lukewarm . ia
the cause of the Reeder party, for I began
to be convinced more than ever that Ex-
Governor Reeder and a large majority of
hi3 supporters were strongly tinctured with
Abolition doctrines, yet I could not muster
up courage enough to .withdraw, from the
party until I cast my vote for Ex-Governor
Reeder. But in doing1 so I voted against
the State organization, for I felt it to be
my duty, as 1 knew it to be a measure of
'only a small portion of the citizens of the
Territory, and headed only by Abolition
ists and traitors to their country.' ' This I
am positive of, for it is' the Territorial
Grand Encampment and Uhe Executive
Committee who are at the head. of this
movement. Both I know to be propagai
ting treason, the Grand Encampment has
arms with which to rebel agamst Govern
inent. In the Lxecutive Committee, of
which I became a member, from being in
tr.oduced by Ex-Governor.. Reeder,. there
was a resolution onered which . provided
that every reliable Free State man in. the
Territory should be furnished with' a rifle,
a brace of pistols and a sabre, and required
to take an oath to hold hirusell in.ieadi
ness to march into service, under his supe
rior officer when called upon, and that he
would go to the rescue of the person or
property of any Free Soiler who wuld be
brought by force iito obedience to the pres
ent laws of the Territory,
The chairman of the, committee, Dr.
Robinson, of Lawrence, K. T., advised
the gentleman to withdraw his' motion as
they should act upon this' in a private man
ner. Tl e motion was withdrawn. This
its sufficient to prove them traitors to their
country, and I would be more than a trai
tor, if 1 stood a silent spectator to treason
able designs and acted in concert with a
faction whose midnight wire-working will,
if allowed to proceed, sever the ties of this
Union, and finally overthrow our liberties,
the foundation of which is ruilt on truth
and cemented with the blood of the fearless
a t:d manly hearts. .- -. m- -
I know that many Free-Soilers, who
cannot see as I do, or H" they do are not
honest enough to confess it, will couple
treason with my name and say, such are
Irishmen. - But if such there be, I eau on
ly say, thank God I had the nerve to ex
poe their villainy to the woyld.and.be
true lo t?:e Constitution and Laws of the
United States a'nd the interests of the
South which, when I was exiled by pov
erty and oppression from my native land,
took me to her bosom, gave me a home,
made me a freeman, and sheltered me un
der the folds of the Star Spangled Banner.
Receiving such undeserved favors as these
from a strange people, would I not be an
ungratefal wretch if I. failed to" show to
the world the secret action of a party who
are led by and reverence the following
Constitution and Ritual more than they do
the Constitution and Laws of their country:
Constitution and Ritual
Of ihr. Grand Encampment, and JZrgt.
menis o f the Kansas Legiom o f Kansas
Territory. Adopted, wipruLUi, lboo.
Sec. 1. This Body shaH be known as
the Grand Encampment of the Kansas Le
gion of Kansas Territory," and shall be
composed of Representatives elected from
each Subordinate Regiment existing in the
.territory,, as herematter provided
Sec. 2. At the first meeting, nights in
January and July, one"" Representative
from each Subordinate Regiment, and one
additional : Representative for - every, 50
niemlers shall be elected as members of
this Grand Body, the Regiment s haying
power to fill vacancies in case of the ina
bility of any delegate to attend any meet
ing of the Grand Encampment : Prcvideil
That should any subordinate Regiment be
instituted between the times above, speci
ned, that they may na'e the power to
elect their Representatives at such times
a s will insure them a delegate to the Grand
Encampment. ." - u '
Sec. 3. The regular sessions of the
Grand Encampment shall be held on the
third Wednesday of January and July, at
such hour' and places as shall be selected
by the Encampment at the previous semi
annual session. ". ;: ,;, ; ; f,-
i : ASTICX.E 2.. i .
Sec. 1. The officers of the Grand En
camproent sliall consist of a Grand Gener
al, Grand Vice General. Grand. Quarter-
Master, Grand Pay-Master. Grand Aid,
two Sentinels, and Grand Chaplain, to be
elected annually by ballot, at the January
sf-ssion, with the exception of the Sentinels
and Chaplain.' .who shall.- be appointed by
the General for each meeting. ' . ;
Sec. 2. The Grand General shall pre
side at all meetinsrs of the Grand Ehearno-1
He shall call ' special meetings.at '
the written request of five Repjrsenta tires,
or when he may deem it necessary to do!
es. He shall Lave a genera! eurmioa
tna:?C I that my mission hvni done as I had. pro?s-
Jii4rf4 - T then ft thnt T tlnsit T i h rl 'J to
to tne wona . ' :r .7: . .-".ViTITTlf' 7
, .vkifrt I remain suenianu pusn iiii3iriin5notun.uri.
of the Organization in the Territory. If e I
shall have nbwerto irrant discensations fori
the formation of subordinate Regiments, at J
such places as be may deem best for the I
wehare cf the cause . and Order, and may
authorize initiations of n;eirjters fn pi
aces J
where Regiments are to be crganized, lan
der such regulation as the Grand Encamp
ment may adopt. He may risit personally,
or ty deputyv all -Regiments under; - his ja
risdiciion, and require a strict compliance
with theniltsfand usages of the Organiza-
ticniah4 haH report I to jhs; Giaud jEd-
campmect. at each session thereof, the
LxesulkiC4ii3 liibarsivisii-a correct.ajid.suc
cinct statement of the Order- throughout
ISe Territory- Vi 5; V. iUTii 'j w: -'
fa?fc.3. The Grand V ice Ueneral shall
perform the duties of "the Grand Genera!
ia his absence. r ; ? ? ff;ni
- "Set?.' 4. ' The Grand Quarter-Master
shall keep a correct minute if the proceed
ings of each meeting, and an actuate roll
of the members.' He shall give informa
tion of all meetings by a written or printed I
notice to the Colonel of (Each subordinate
Regiment. He shall collect and payover
to the Grand Pay-Master, all sums due
the Grand Encampment. - He shall attend
to such other business as may properly be
required of him by virtue of his office
Sec. The Grand Pny-Master shall
have charge of all moneys belonging, to
the Grand Encampment. lie shall attend
to-all ''receipts and disbursements. He
shall keep a regular and correct account
off his doings, which shall at all times.be
open to the office. of the Grand Encamp
ment, and make a faithful and correct
statement of the finances at each session
thereof.5 . Ji ' 1 '
Sec. 6; .The other officers shall perforin
such duties ) as usually appertain to their
respective offices under the general direc
tion of the cresiding officer.
, ABT1CLE 3.
Sec. 1. The Grand Encampment shall
have power to establish such by-laws and
rules for their own government as it shall
deem necessary; make general - provision
for the punishment of. offences against the
laws of the Order ; try all appeals from the
decision of subordinate Regiments, and
establish such constitutions for subordinate
Regiments under its jurisdiction, as their
welfare and good government may require:
Provided,: That the same be in accordance
with the Constitution and laws of the
Grand Encampment .
Sec. 2. The' Grand Encampment shall
have power to levy a-tax upon the subor
dinate- Regiments to defray the ordinary
and proper expenses of the Grind Encamp
ment, by requiring of each subordinate
.Regiment that they have two of our print
ed books of Ritual and Constitution, to be
furnished at 'One dollar per copy and a
charter at fifty cents. per copy, and if the
above tax, is found insufficient to meet the
rordinary expenses of the Grand Encamp
ment, they may require of subordinates
such other taxes as will meet the actual
expenses incurred.
.. Sec. 3. The Grand Encampment shall
have power to establish term pass-words,
to be communicated by the Grand General
to the' Colonel of each Regiment. '
Sec 4.; The Grand Encampment shall
make all nominations for Territorial offi
cers, at large, and immediately after such
nominations shall have been made, the
Grand General shaU communicate the re
sult to every Regiment in the Territory.
' ' ARTICLE 4.
Petitions for charters for -subordinate
Regiments must be signed by at least five
members of the Order, addressed to the
Grand General, and have the accompany
ing fee of two dollars and fifty cents en
closed which will entitle them to the char
ter, book of rituals, Constitutions. &c. :
Five members shall constitute a quorum
for doing business.
- ARTICLE 6. x
- Any proposed -alternation of or amend
ment to this Constitution, shall be submit
ted to the Grand Encampment at least one
meeting before being acted upon, when if
two-thirds of the members present at said
regular meeting- vote for it, it shall be
adopted. . :
Officers of Grand Encampment : .
GrandGeneral Rev.G. W; HUTCH
INSON, Lawrence, K. T.
Grand Vice General C. K. HOLLI-
DAY, Topeka. K. T.
Gbasd Quarter Master- J. K.
GOODIN, Lawrence, K. T.
Pat Master CHAS. LEIB,
M. D. Leavenworth City, K. T.
Constitution of Subordinate Encampments.
We, whose names are annexed, do here
by pledge ourselves to be governed by the
following Constitution:
- - ' : ' ..article I.
1 This Organization, shall be known as
Regiment No. uf the Kansas Legion.
Sec4 ;1. Any person can ,lecome a
member of this Legion who will pledge
himself favorable to the freedom of Kan
sas, and is IS years of age. Persons be
ing received under 21 years of age must
be vouched for. by three members.
Sec2. The name of any person pro
posed for membership shall be vouched for
by one or more members; when the can
didate shall be voted for, and three nega
tive votes : shall be equivolent to a rejec
tion:. Pro pueJ, That no person shall be
proposed for membership in any Regiment j
other, than, that located in any city, tow-n
or district, in which such person resides.
Sec. 3. Any member applying for an
honorable discharge ; from his Regiment,
shall upon vote of the members present at
the lime of .such application, be entitled to
a certificate, signed by the, Colonel and
countersigned by the Quarter-Master upon
the payment of 10 cents for such certificate;
and any such 'member being; desirous of
Vecoraing a member of another Regiment,
shall present his certificate, being subject
to thesame yote'as a napphcant. ; -
. I - u r 7 il1 - e roe r? -
have the right of debate ia other Reiri-
iuru.5 u,au mejr.ywiUf lueu UJ vote
Ijowever, shall J.e confined extlusively.to
intz rteimai mia v. nxm uiey are connected.,'-'
"" '-'" 5 ' f '" "' ' -'
.y- i '. -
Rrpl 1 J nip nffiiN nf P-icli inbrtrtJinafc
Rtgiment shall consist of. a Colonel; Lien -
tenaot-Culonel, s Quarter-3faster,.Pay-
Master jAid, and tmSenyneJs who shall
be elected by bahot on the first meeting:
' nights cf January and July.
Src. 2. Itrshnll be-ihe doty of the Col.
to preside, enforce a due observance of the
several constitutions, laws and regulations,
and seeare a proper respct for the Terri-
tonal Grand Lncampment ana its onicer;
see tl.at all offirers and members of coin-
mittees perform their 'Vespextive "duties;
appoint all officers and committees not otn
erwise provided for; give the casting vot
when a tie may occur except in the election
of ofneers; have-special charge of the
Constitution and. Laws; draw on the, Pay
Master for all demands on the Regiment ;
direct the Quarter-Master to' call special
meetings when necessary; and perform all
other dutiesertaming lo" th'e"officerv""'
; Sec 3. -;Il shall be the duty of the Lieutenant-Colonel
to assist the Colonel in the
performance of his duties ; hare special
charge of the doors, and in the absence of
the CoIoneL preside. . ' tf' i i ? T i '
.jSEC.,4 Jt shall be the duty of the Quarter-Master
to keep an accuraterecofd of die
proceedings of the - Regiment, with a roll
of the members names notify members
when ordered by the Colonel or a vote of
the Regiment, and perform all other duties
pertaining to the office. . ' ' '
Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the Pay
Master to receive all moneys of the Regi
ment; pay all demands .wiien authorized
by the Colonel ; keep an accurate account
of ail moneys received and expended ; ex
hibit to the Regiment on the last meeting
of each quarter a statement of the funds,
and at the nd of six months give a correct
written report of the receipts and disburse
ments of the term. ' '.
Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of theiid
to examine the members, at the opening
of the Regiment, and -report any who are
incorrect to the Colonel, to assist at the
initiation of persons and sec that the breth
ren are made comfortable during the sit
tings of the Regiment' 1
' ' Sec. 7. 'It shall be the duty of the In
side Sentinel to attend to" the inside door,
and report to the Lieutenant-Colonel the
names and Regiments of the persons ap
plying for admission, and admit such as
the Lieutenant-Colonel may order ; but to
admit no one without the pass-word, unless
otherwise ordered by the Colonel after be
ing vouched for. by a member of the Regi
ment. . " -
Sec. 8. It shall be the duty of the Out
side Sentinel to attend to the outside door,
and admit no person without the password
except candidates and those he may know
tu be members of the order, or who are
vouched for by a member of the Regi
article 4.
At the first meeting in the months of
January and July respectively, there shall
lie elected by each Regiment, one Dele
gate or. Representative to the Grand En
campment, and one additional Represent
ative for each 50 members belonging to
the Regiment. '
Sec 1. All charges and offences pre
ferred against-a member shall be duly
specified in writing, when they shall be
referred to a special committee, who shall
summon such member to appear before
them to answer to the allegation set forth ;
and after a fair and impartial examination
thereof, report their decision to the Regi
ment, which i shall at once proceed to the
consideration and disposal of the case!
Sec 2. Any member who shall be
proved guilty of violating any principle of
the Order, oliending against these articles
or otherwise militating against the interests
j of the organization, shall be subject to rep
riniani, suspension or expulsion, as two
thirds of the members present at any reg
ular meeting may determine. When a
member shall be expelled for revealing
the secrets of the Order or militating
against .the interests of the future freedom
of Kansas, his name shall be stricken from
the roll and sent to all the Regiments in
tha Territory, as a man destitute of the
principles of truth, honor and integrity.
Sic. 3. The Regiments located in each
and every election district shall make
nominations for all candidates lor office in
their respective districts ; but where there
shall be two or more Regiments in one
election district, of whatever kind, then,
nominations shall be made by delegates
from the respective Encampments within
said district ; each Encampment being en
titled to one - delegate, and one additional
delegate for each and every twenty mem
bers over and above their first twenty.
The Regiments shall make nominations
for the Territorial officers at large, thro
their delegates &nd the Grand Encamp
ment. ' ' - .
A quorum for business in a Regiment
shall consist of not less than five members;
' v-..--.ARTICLE 7.-; . .
Any regiment shall have power to es
tablish such By-Laws and Rules as may
be deemed expedient ; -Provided, They ac
cord with the Grand Territorial Encamp
ment, subject at all times to their appro
val or rejecuou." ' ' y "-' ' '
' ' ' ARTICLE 8. "
All moneys except herein provided shall
be raised by vote and assessment of mem
bers belonging to Regiments.
, . ARTICLE 9. ...
. Sec. 1. Each Regiment shall meet at
least twice per month, at such, hour and
place as shall be selected by the Regiment
at the previous session.
Sec. 2. As soon as each and every
Regiment shall number thirty members
upon its muster roll it shall proceed forth
with to organize an efficient regular Mili
tary Company.
ARriCLE 10. . .
Any 'proposed alteration of, or amend
ment to this Constitution shall be submit
ted iu writing to the Grand Encampment,
at ,ast one meelirjg be
tej nnon
i r .
, Rdl of Subordinate Regiinenfs.
" "' opekikg ceremont.
rThe Colonel Lieutenant Colonel.
! Quarter Master, Pay Master, Aid and
i ol-.:? : .'i.-:- r,i..A. .
order and
addressed by the. Colonel
CrJonfL- Fellow- SoJdies m the Free
State Army, the, hour has arrived when
we must resume the duties devolving upon
osr - Let us each -with a -heart devoted to
; Jastice," Pau-iotisra'Jand ; Liberty, attend
elosely tp all theegulations laid down, for
our. goyerroeat and action,
each latnng
g- to maie mis review pleasant ana prcaia-
to make this review pleasa
lie to ourselves, asl a blessirg v cur
ment shall be called to
Gaantry Aid, are the sentinels at their
posts with tlossed doors? -'.
Aid; They are! :--f i ' ;. -..
Colonel, Aid, you will cow review the
Troops in the Regiment passwords.
, Aid, (after examination,) I have exam
ined them- personally and. find cash cor
rect. ' y' "-' v
Colonel. I pronoance this Regiment
arrayed and ready for service,
1st Reading the minutes by the, Quarter
2ud.iProposaU for New Recruits. A. J
3d Voting for same. ' - -
4th. Initiation of Recruit3.
5h. Reports 6T Committees.'
6th. 'Unfinished business appearing on the
Minutes, ' " " "
7th. Miscellaneaos Business. . ..
Sth. Adjournment.
fThe member - pronosinir a friend for
membership, shall announce him when in
readiness; and at the proper time the Aid
shall present him to the Colonel and thus
address hint i
' Worthy Colonel, the candidate propos
ed and quelled for is now in readiness
for enlistment in our "Army.
Colonel, The Aid will present the can
didate to the Quarter Master.
Thus addressing him : "
Aid. Quarter-Master, I am directed
by our Colonel to present yoa this person
who is desirous of enlisting in onr ranks.
Q.-Master. Sir, you. have doubtless
been informed of the general design of the
institution to' which you now seek admis
sion. ' Permit me, however, by a uthor ity ,
to state to you more fully those principles,
that you may more clearly understand
what ydu are to expect. You will be re
quired, first, to take an obligation of secre
cy, holding up your right hand and repeat
ing after me ; when 1 pronounce my name
you pronounce yours.
I, - -, solemnly pledge my honor
as a man, that I will never reveal, or cause
to be revealed, in any manner, or. to mny
person, the Sact that 1 have been on ap
plicant for admission to this institution, or
anything which has. or may thereafter be
communicated to me, or. the names of the
persons present all this I promise.
Q.-Master. This institution is tempo
rary and local in its character and nature.
It is designed for the Territory of Kansas,
and is to continue at least until the vote
shall have settled the question as to wheth
er Kansas shall be a FREE or SLAVE
State. The requirements of this institu
tion will not interfere with rights of con
science, or the duties you owe to your-sel-res,
your families, your country, or your
God. They will conflict with no law of
the land. W e seek, in a noble, honora
ble and iust manner, to accomplish two
things. First: To secure to Kansas the
blessing and prosperity of being a Free
S ate; and, sew n I. to protect the ballot
lox from the lepa us touch of unprincipled
mtn. Such are cur priucitle3. Do you
still desire a Imissicn ?
Candidate. I do.
Q.-Master. You will then enroll your
name in full upon this book, after which
the Aid will conduct you to the Colon!
for further instructions.
Aid. Worthy Colonel, I am directed to
present this person to you for instructions.
Colonel. Sir, it is with joy we welcome
you to this place, to these scenes and to
this sacred alliance. We trust you will
find iu us that purity of purpose, and we
will find in you such nobleness and truth,
that this union may result in constantly
increasing regard, confidence and love be
tween us. . lhis couutry is yours by adop
tion, and as belonging to you and your
chili en, you feel a deep interest in its
prosperity, its honor, and its destiny. We
are here, where slavery intends making its
next innovation ; already we have had a
foretaste of its coiitauiinatiiig touch, "and
knowing that strength lies in union feel
ing that our country and our God demands
of. us in this emergency that every man
should do- his duty, we have banded our
selves together under solemn bonds, in or
der that -we may know our own strength,
may act m concert throughout this whole
Territory, and thus exert an influence,
jwssess an efficiency, and enjoy personal
and civil protection, which as mere indi
viduals we could not obtain. With tlwse
explanations upon our part, we shall ask
of you, that you take with us an obliga
tion, placing yourself in the same attitude
as before.
, in the most solemn manner.
here, in the presence of Heaven and these
witnesses, bind "myself that I will never
reveal, nor cause to be revealed, either by
word, look or sign, by writing, printing,
engraving, paiuting, or in any manner
whatsoever, anything pertaining to this
institution, save to persons duly qualified
to receive the same.-, I will never reveal
the name of this organization, the place of
meeting, the fact that any person is a
member of the same, or even the existence
of the organization; except to persons le
gally qualified to receive the ame. . -
Should I at any time withdraw, or be
suspended or expelled from this organiza
tion, I will keep this obligation to the end
of my life. If any books, papers or mo
neys belonging to this organization be en
trusted to my care or keeping,! will faith
fully and completely deliver up the same
to my successor in office, or any one le
gaily authorized to receive" them. I will
never knowingly propose a person for
membership in this Order, who is not in
favor of making Kansas a Free Stake,
and whom I feel satisfied will exert his
entire influence to bring about this result.
I will support, maintain and abide by any
honorable movement made by this organ
isation to secure this great end. which will
not conflict with the laws of the country
and the Constitution of the United States.
I will unflinchingly rote for and : support
the candidates nominated by this organi
zation, in prefFerence to any and all oth
ers. - : - ' : ' - -- . - '
3 To all of this obligation I do most soT-
emnly promise and affirm, binding myself
under the penalty of being expelled from
this organization, of having my name pub
lished to the several Territorial Encamp
ments as arjurer before Heaven and a
traitor to roy country- of passing through
life scorned and reviled by man, frowrw-d
pn tby jdevils,, forsaken by angels, and
abandoned by God." - ' , ".' T .
IQoloneL Gentlemen, yoa have enlist
ed ia a noble 'Amy battling ia, a glo
rices cause. Per 33 year thi$ soil has
v M., "
;rr : w" i , K- s w I.
her streams and
build her ud a nabl- t, . l""'r-4
UK i a uorjie
uiai "j'rijr manes ignorant
,i -
ignorant ouues, icr oursloa
chiiawn. we 'deart icli-.Mnaleo1a
lie policy, and educated people.
lieve that Slavery spreads imrnoralit,.
iiuruuuusursi -unwusuv me
for our wives, and for our chiidren !nt; "'
in a larjtj wuere do ciass oi jeople Wr i
legal compulsion made the vktuns of jj;
uruuu passions . oi , anoiDer. class. v
wish, and we expect to have here. j?,.,
where the right of opinion shall notjj.
sure pciwruuga, ana wcere lreecoQ c
speech shall not be a crime." In a
if we make Kansas jree. Education, M,"
ality. Religion, Internal 'Peace, aod
cuniae Success will be , vastly . inrm
among us. If treacherous or slotl-Tni v
the dmies devolving upon us, we brine,
deep disgrace and mortal anguish in n,,'
yery midst, which will be more tornu-c
ing than the scorpions sting.
. There are signs by which members c
this organization may know each othw.
Colonel will give them to Candidates!
There is also a Grip. There is a cvrt.
fying Conversation and Signals ol dL
tress. Tliere are Passwords which dgh
can communicate to you save the J
ding officer, or upon .his authority, vj
you cannot communicate them to aiiotr-
-.t a . "
save to me ia upon your examjnatior
These passwords are . invariable gi'ren jV
a whisper.
Instructions on entering Regiments at
these at outer door any alarm Ver
you will give the Sentinel the Passvvor
i inner - uoor o rars nere yon w,
give the Sentina! your name, No. of yo;
Regiment, and explanation to the trJ
Pass-word. Salute the presiding ofiir
Itnh in your ingress and egress. by placi;,
tight hand on breast and gently bowiri.
- Colonel. Fellow Soldiers, I trust;'.
review has beep both pleasant and priJ
able tp all. We m&t as friends, fe: us
part as brothers, remembering that iU
seek no wrong to any, a nd our boni o1
union in battling, for the right, roust unJ
to make us better men, better neigfildrs
and better citizens. We thauk you for
- t j . j . . .
your Kinaness ana aitenuoa ana invu
you all to be present at our next revim
to be holden at , on next, t:
o'clock, r. m. Mr. Sentinels, vc
will open the doors that our Soldiers iuv
retire pleasantly and in order, ,
The following preamble and resolute
were passed at the 1st session of tl (t.
Encampment held at Lawrence, Feb. S:h
Whereas, while we regard the Frw
dom of Kansas Territory as . the bi"Lf;
of all political considerations which iw j
now or hereafter engage our attention -Jj
a free and intelligent people, we atu.'!
same time regard it as impolitic uru
wrong to adopt any line of policy t'w
may . in any manner interfere wkh th
domestic relations of our neigtboriu.
States or Territories therefore,
Resolved, That we hold it to be yJ
and nroner in our relations with out Ss-"
ter States as a Jundamtntal :vrtnci-ftf(
aciivn, and inott promotive ol the ruVi I
good of the Territory, that laws prey
ing the t migration of either Slaves (
Free negroes be enacted by our conm:
General Assembly and eventually rr.
grafted in the constitution of the fcla'r.
Now that I have shown the foul, trn
sonable and murderous plotting9of a pan
m which preachers of the (jrospel star,
pre-eminent it is my duty to giv also t
the world, in order to make my siatemen'
more perfect, the Grip. Signs aud las
words of this modern army," mace up
the "chivalrous sons of darkness. ThcEii
sign is as lollows: '
Left fist doubled and jesting on left b
and right hand thrown across the small
the back. . - -
Answer Right thumb in vest arm-!
left hand hanging carelessly down tbti
side. - '"', "
Grip Thumb pressed hard on the
die joint of third finger in shaking i.ai!i
Certifying Conversation
Where have you been 1 '
Ans. Not far off.
Query What did you see?
Ans. I saw tights.
Passwords At outer door. 'retri" tr-1'
At inside door, three raps, "The 3wt '
This is all I know. . I feel now
have clone my duty as - a citizen.
aow have some sleep and an easy cot"
t-nre blessing I have not ; enjoyed '"
I became identifiw! with this secret ncr.
Kansas Territory, Oct. 22, 1S55.
The undersigned, having Veen arqua:
ted with Mr.P. Laughlin ever since '
became a resident of Kansas Teirito'
now six months or upwards, takepWas'
in snvtnnr thnt his demeanor has Veen"--
of a gentleman, and that they cousidtrr'j
statements perfectly reliable y- in lt
Doniphan, K. T., Oct. 22. 1S55.
fiThere is a man in Vermont
seeds his geese on iron filings and
steel pens from their wings.
fQo x nose wno oiow ine w - .
strife," may chance to have the spa5'
in their owa i faces. -
S"Tf a. nontmnn were t CliteT &
pajToersnip wita a
be legally connected wilb forgery ?
ggy A Cincinnati editor '
HThat Ts the news." replied Sir. K
bcwsT at ten cents a week r , dont l3
- Who wants' to mare a Fobi11
Any one who will come to Atcbiso3
put up a goou grain miu,
tune in five'ears. j There is V11
cornandAsheat m the" county; c
D-t U ccxe : os:o!

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