Departure of Troops, Lynch Law in PA, Dilemma of the Kansas Shriekers

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American Democrat, Carlisle, PA, 29 October 1857.
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Carlisle (PA) American Democrat
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Don Sailer
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Departure of Troops. – A detachment of 110 U.S. troops left the Carlisle Barracks on Saturday last, destined for the far west.

Found Dead. – A foot pedlar named John Reed, formerly a resident of this borough, was found dead in a field about three miles south-east of Mechanicsburg, on the 21st inst. A large sum of money was found on his person. It is supposed he died from natural causes. His remains were brought to this place and interred on Friday last.

Lynch Law in Pennsylvania. – An Exciting time occurred at Clearfield, Pa., on the 19th inst. Some weeks ago, Robert Warden was lodged in jail, on a charge of horse stealing, and at the time of his arrest many were in favor of rising above the law, and hanging him at once; but good councils prevailed, and nothing of the kind was attempted. On the night of the 16th instance, this young man broke jail, and made an unsuccessful attempt to take with him a horse belonging to the sheriff. On the following night the sheriff’s office was broken into, it is generally believed by the same man, and some money taken therefrom, and another horse stolen from the immediate neighborhood. Pursuit was at once made and the same man arrested in possession of the horse.
When the news of his arrest and approach reached there, the populace were excited to madness. Several hundred persons congregated in the diamond of the town, awaiting the arrival of the prisoner, with ropes prepared, determined to execute him without the preliminaries of judge and jury. As the wagon containing him drove up, it was surrounded by the crowd, already blinded by passion, the prisoner seized and preparation made for his immediate execution. By this time the excitement was fearful; the awful cry of “hang him,” “hang him,” resounded upon all sides, while many of the citizens, whose judgments had now been blinded by passion, interposed to preserve order and shield the culprit from the fury of the mob. After a protracted struggle, the populace yielded to reason, and agreed to leave the prisoner in the hands of the officers provided he made a full confession and revealed the names of the members of the gang, which he willingly agreed to do.

Kansas Election

Ransom, the Democratic candidate for Congress received 1980 votes; Parrott, Rep. 9868.

The St. Joseph correspondent of the Republican says that on the night after the election in Kansas, a party of soldiers encamped near Richmond, attacked the residence of Mr. Dolman, Democratic Representative of Nemeh co., and members of the Constitutional Convention, broke open the door, and shuttered the windows. They also treated Mr. Dolman very roughly.
Lieut. Bayard was sent for, but was unable to quell the disturbance until he had cut down two of the men with his saber. The balance then desisted and retired to their quarters.

The Dilemma of the Kansas Shriekers

The dilemma of the black republicans in regard to Kansas is thus pointedly stated by the Albany Argus:
“Sometimes the black-republicans claim to have succeeded in Kansas; they so much need a victory! Sometimes they claim to have been defeated; they so gloat over outrages and fraud! And, as either theory suits the momentary purpose, they frame the facts to give it shape. If Kansas becomes a free State, what becomes of their capital? If it is not, what becomes of their victory? Truly, never was a party in such a dilemma. It divides them as well as distracts them.
“The Tribune of yesterday morning howls over the enslavement of Kansas, while the majority of the papers of the same kindney proclaim the success of the free-State party!
“Whatever the result, it is a vindication of the democratic policy. Kansas must govern herself – and, whether the-black republican press believe it or not, will do so.”


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