"Salisbury Items," Greensboro (NC) Patriot, December 2, 1859, p. 2: 4-5.
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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We see from the Watchman, that the usually quiet town of Salisbury, has during the last week, been very much exorcised on the all-exciting topic of the day. A Scothman, by the name of Tate, for sympathsing with old Brown and denouncing slaveholders, was tarred and feathered, and then taken to the creek, and ducked, until he confessed the impropriety of his conduct. Tate richly deserved his punishment; but we agree with the Watchman, that it would be better in such cases to let the law take its course. Two book peddlers were also taken up and committed to jail for tampering with slaves.
The old Methodist church in Salisbury was a few nights since destroyed by fire.
Oscar a negro slave, was tried and convicted last week, for an assault with intent to violate the person of Mrs. ----. The trial occupied three days; the speeches of the counsel, both for the prosecution and defense, are said to have been very able.