New York Times, “A Terrible Panic in Mississippi,” September 18, 1857

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    “A Terrible Panic in Mississippi – Families to be Murdered, &c.,” New York Times, September 18, 1857, p. 3: 1.
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    Memphis (TN) Appeal
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    A Terrible Panic in Mississippi – Families to be Murdered, &c.

    From the Memphis Appeal, 8th.

    The Assistant-Postmaster at Oxford, Mississippi, has kindly furnished us with the facts connected with the excitement among the negro population of Lafayette County, instigated by an Abolitionist named SNIDER, who hails from Indiana.

    MESSRS. EDITORS: There was great excitement here yesterday. A man named SNIDER, from Indiana, being accused of organizing an insurrection among the negroes, some three hundred citizens assembled, and near twenty negroes were examined, all of whom told the same tale, pointed to SNIDER as their leader. A number of our most wealthy families were to be murdered for their money. Their names were given. There was no white testimony against SNIDER. He was taken out of town last night (after being under arrest the nigh previous and yesterday) and lynched, when he made a confession something like that of the negroes. He was shipped on the cars this morning for your town, where he said he would make good speed to his native land.

    S. W. HUDSON, Deputy P. M.

    OXFORD, Sept. 6.
    A reliable gentleman writing from Holly Springs on the 4th inst., to a friend in this city, says on the subject:

    We have some little excitement in our town, arising from some developments made by a number of negroes who were suspected of incendiary motives. It seems that the people of Abbyville got wind of it in some way, and after whipping some of the negroes the plot was made known, and, as is ever the case, Yankees in the employment of this road were at the head of it. The negroes at Abbyville and College Hill, nine miles apart, make precisely the same statement, which is, that such a thing was contemplated, and four negroes in this place (GOODMAN’S DAN, HAMNON’S two boys and BOB LYNCH) were accomplices in it.

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