Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Is It True or False?,” November 16, 1859

    Source citation
    “Is It True or False?,” Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, November 16, 1859, p. 2: 1.
    Newspaper: Publication
    Chicago Press and Tribune
    Newspaper: Headline
    Is It True or False?
    Newspaper: Page(s)
    Newspaper: Column
    Date Certainty
    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
    Transcription date
    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.


    We print in another column a curious story of the arrest of one W. R. Palmer, at Memphis, accused of complicity with Old Brown, and the causes which led thereto. The tale of the letters dropped by some unknown railway passenger, and picked up by another whose name does not appear, and the contents of the letters themselves, all seem to us to be exceedingly [apochryphal?] – so many devices to embarrass an innocent man and to still further deepen the agitation to which the tragedy at Harper’s Ferry has given rise. But, if it shall be proved by further examination that the man Thatcher, who is the ostensible writer of the longest and most interesting of the published epistles, is not a fool and a braggart, and that the train is laid in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas, which need only be fired by some incendiary hand to produce a disastrous explosion, the unhappy and [illegible] condition of the South is truly to be deplored. It is probable, however, that the whole of the evidence is a weak invention of the enemy, and that when the purpose of those who hatched it has been served, we shall hear of it no more.

    How to Cite This Page: "Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Is It True or False?,” November 16, 1859," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,