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Front-street, saw four men murder another. Her husband ran to the Police Office for officers;, before they returned, the body was taken off, and has not yet been found. Two negro boys quarrelled yesterday and one stabbed the other. Another black fellow, yesterday, came behind a coloured woman in Centre-street, and cut her lip half off with a razor : it is supposed he meant to cut her throat.
A PARAGRAPH in the Louisville Journal states that Prentice, the senior editor of that paper, had been attacked at the Harrodsburg Springs by Thos. P. Moore. “Mr. Moore" (the Journal adds)“ advanced upon Mr. Prentice with a drawn pistol and fired at him; Mr. Prentice then fired, neither shot taking effect. Mr. Prentice then drew a second pistol, when Mr. Moore quailed and said he had no other arms; whereupon Mr. Prentice, from a superabundant magnanimity, spared Mr. Moore's life.”
A DISGRACEFUL riot took place in Baltimore on Friday. The Transcript says it was committed by a band of some hundred and fifty rascals consisting of young men and boys. A rush was made upon the fruit-dealers, who were dragged from their temporary couches, assailed with brickbats, and despoiled of every article of fruit that these infamous marauders could lay hands on: they then deliberately stuffed themselves to satiety in the presence of those whom they had robbed. After a series of insults and abuse the banditti marched off with their spoils, shouting and laughing at their exploits. Several of the market-people were severely injured by the blows received from their base assailants.
MOB IN NEW YORK.
From the National Intelligencer. The windows of Masonic Hall are seen this morning broken in, and other marks of violence appear about the building.
The cause was a mob which assembled last evening about the walls of the building. Mrs. F. Wright Darusmont lectured there last evening (Sunday) to a large number of persons. Some attempts were made to interrupt her with hisses and hootings, but they were put down by the police who were in attendance. After the lecture was concluded, the male part of the audience retired through the dense crowd at the door of the hall, which was rapidly increasing, and finally numbered several thousands. The females who were at the lecture then attempted to pass out. The Express says :
“This movement was not effected without the most degrading insult, and partial and personal violence from the mob. The bonnet of each female was upturned as she passed, and the most disgusting epithets applied to each passer-by."
These friends of good order, morals, and religion were looking for the lecturer of the evening. She issued from the building at last : the crowd made a rush towards her, but the police, in a double row, kept them off, and, after proceeding some distance, she was put into a coach and
hurried off, amid a horrible din of oaths and shouts. The Express gives the rest of the narrative thus :
" The scenes of violence did not end here. Several females who were at the same time passing on the west side of Broadway were assailed by a band of ruffians, and most shamefully treated. Two of their number, viz., William Taylor and John H. Miller, were secured by the watch, and safely lodged in Bridewell. Excitement and violence seemed now to reign in every quarter. Officer Benjamin Hays, with a friend, was passing down Pearl-street, and, when near the corner of Centrestreet, they encountered a mob of about one hundred persons, who had assembled, seemingly with the determination to end the night in riot and confusion. Mr. Hays rushed into the midst of the rioters, and, at the imminent peril of his own life, secured two of the ringleaders, Alexander Fanning and David Knapp, who, with the aid of the watchmen, were safely lodged in prison, and the mob then dispersed.”
From the Charlotteville Advocate. We learn from the Lexington Gazette that an unfortunate occurrence took place in that town about ten days since, in which Mr. William M. Bowen was shot by Colonel Joseph Winn, in front of the Eagle Hotel. The provocation is stated by the Gazette to be some base and unfounded calumnies which Mr. Bowen had published against the character of the female members of Colonel Winn's family. After a full investigation of the matter by an examining court, the members of the court were unanimously of opinion, that the insult being of the grossest nature, and, from the irresponsible character of Bowen, the law having failed to provide a proper remedy, Colonel Winn was justifiable, or at least excusable, in taking the law in his own hands, and inflicting summary vengeance upon the reckless assailer of the character of his family. He was therefore honourably acquitted.
We do not think the above needs any comment.
GAMBLING ON THE WESTERN WATERS.
The Grafton (III.) Backwoodsman has an article on the prevalence of gambling on board the steamers in the western rivers. It records the death of several individuals in an unaccountable manner, and the following extract shows a state of morals almost too depraved for belief :
“ Numbers have come to the west, taking passage on board of a boat, and never been heard of again. In repeated instances, within the last few years, letters have been addressed to us from a distance, with anxious inquiries for a friend, from whom no tidings had come since he was on the point of embarking on board of a boat. It was feared that he had fallen overboard, or died on the passage, and we were implored in the most affecting terms to seek intelligence of his fate. Our earnest endeavours in most instances have proved unavailing. Could the deep and turbid waters of our rivers reveal their secrets, they would tell but too often of the long silence of those absent friends. The midnight gambling, the fierce quarrel, the dirk, the sullen plunge of the ghastly corpse, with heavy weights attached, all follow in quick succession, and with the unerring certainty that effect follows cause."
CIVILIZATION IN WISCONSIN. The Dubuque News says, " At Cassville, on Saturday last, a dispute arose between a young man by the name of Russell and a Mr. Oliver, when Oliver drew a pistol and shot him down. He expired immediately. Oliver was arrested and imprisoned.”
Can there be much difference between the Indians and whites in barbarism, when such infamous scenes of murder are enacted ?
From the Troy Whig. The account of the destruction of “ Pennsylvania Hall,” in Philadelphia, by a mob, on Thursday evening, will be read with painful interest. Such scenes, almost continually enacted in our country, most justly excite deep emotions in the minds of the liberal and tolerant, of the friends of peace and order, and of the lovers of the republic.
A few days since a meeting took place between Messrs. J. T. Bowie and C. K. Brown, at Gallatin, Miss., when the latter was shot through the heart. An unhappy difference had for some time existed between them.
From the New York Times.
Last evening, about dusk, as the two brigades were returning from Harlem to this city, along the third avenue, the third regiment being in advance, they were met by a carman named Michael Healey, half drunk, driving a very spirited horse in a cart; when first seen, at a gentle pace. When, however, within a few rods of the troops, he took one of the “rungs" out of the cart and lashed the horse so violently, that the animal, maddened with pain, rushed into the midst of the third regiment, through the whole line, knocking down some forty or fifty men, more or less, bruising and wounding the majority of them. On went the horse and cart, Healey holding the reins, and, as it is said, maliciously guiding it through the midst of the troops. After dashing through the third regiment, they next came on to the ninth, where more men were knocked down and bruised. One of the dragoons was knocked off his horse, and received so bad a hurt that it is thought his life is in danger. By this time the excitement was tremendous, overwhelming, amounting to madness---all subordination was at an end. Vain was it for the officers to call upon the men to maintain their discipline-they rushed upon the miserable .carman in such confusion, and so completely over-mastered by passion, that they cut and thrust at each other, whereby several of them were severely injured. It was reported that two men were thus killed and many others dangerously wounded. At this time Alderman Charles H. Hale, at the risk of his life, rushed into the midst of the frightful melée and rescued the carman with scarcely a spark of life remaining, he having been cut and slashed most horribly." Officers Rose and Jones happening to be on the spot, the poor wretch was given into
their custody, and by them conveyed to the upper police, where his wounds were immediately dressed.' He received one sabre wound on the head that is considered dangerous. By the last accounts, however, he was still alive.
Extract of a Letter to the Editor of the Greenville Mountaineer, dated
Laurence District, S. C., July 23. “A homicide was committed at Parks' Old Field, near Laurens, C. H. the 21st instant, on the body of a Mr. Sexton Dunahoo. Dunahoo, after some feud with Elihu Poole, of this district, procured a gun for the avowed
purpose of shooting him, and made a desperate effort to execute his dreadful purpose ; but this being wrested from him, he seized a stone and pursued Poole, who being hard pressed, and having retreated some distance, shot him with a pistol. And strange to relate, after receiving the ball, which passed through his heart and lodged near the surface of his body, apparently unconscious of it, he grappled with his antagonist, and, with his superior strength, prostrated Pool, thrust his fingers into his eyes, and was castigating him severely, when Pool cried out, and Dunahoo was taken off, breathed a moment and expired, to the profound astonishment of all present, who had not hitherto thought he had been injured by the shot of Poole. This extraordinary fact rests upon the authority of several eye-witnesses of unquestionable integrity.
“ I refrain from giving further particulars, as the catastrophe will be made a subject of judicial investigation, Poole having been arrested."
The United States Gazette reports a case tried before Judge Randall, which developes a most disreputable quarrel among some of the members of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in this city, including the Pastor, who figures very prominently in it.
It seems that in November last, W. H. Adams was chosen clerk or leader of the singing. This did not suit the pastor, the Rev. Mr. M‘Calla, and he declined giving out the psalms and hymns as usual from that time till the 15th of April, when he gave out, without reading it, a hymn from a different collection from that used by the congregation, and immediately commenced singing another hymn, different from the one he had given out! He was joined by the inmates of five pews, whom he had provided with books similar to his own, while the rest of the congregation turned to the hymn in the collection used by them, and also commenced singing a different tune--the hymn being of a different metre from the one he and the five pews were singing: of course the house was filled with discord. The Gazette says :
“The pastor then commenced praying, but the singing was continued. He then dismissed the congregation, but the clerks continued singing until they finished the hymn. Not the least remarkable of these singular occurrences was that the pastor should give out hymn No. 125, and yet sing hymn No. 261.
“ To those persons to whom he had given the new books he had also given strips of paper, containing two rows of numbers, with instructions that when he gave out the number that was in one row, they were not
to look for that hymn, but for the hymn the numberof which was opposite on the other row; thus, when he gave out hymn No. 125, those who were in the secret understood that they were to sing No. 261. As might have been expected, when this evidence was repeated by the judge before a crowded court, it gave rise to considerable merriment; and it is to be hoped that no similar scene will ever be disclosed in a court of justice."
RIOTS, OUTRAGES, AND MURDERS, AT THE AMERICAN ELECTIONS.
The cases I am about to give are taken, without any exception, from the United States papers; and they all occurred within the space of three or four years. I produce them merely as a few specimens to illustrate my letter to Earl Stanhope, and more particularly to show the inefficiency of the Vote by Ballot. I could, however, fill volumes with similar outrages.
From the New York Standard.
ELECTION RIOTS AT NEW YORK, 1834. It is difficult to speak with patience of the scenes of riot, disorder, and misrule which have disgraced our city during the last three days; nor can we control our feelings of deep indignation against the promoters of lawless violence, the instigators to deeds of blood, who, for their own selfish and unhallowed purposes, have excited more tumult than our inhabitants have ever before witnessed. The honour of our city has been tarnished, our character for order and obedience to the laws has suffered deep degradation, the glorious right of suffrage has been trampled on, and brute force has been made use of to coerce us in the existence of our best and dearest privileges. Under cover of assisting the law, and of promoting order and quiet, every act of force has been resorted to.
The first act in the mad drama which the opposition have played was a resolution to close the stores of the merchants during the three days of election. This act was unprecedented. During the fiercest contests of former political struggles, party madness never dreamed of such a course; and fearful forebodings were made by all classes of unprejudiced men, of the disastrous consequences that must ensue from dismissing from their daily labour, and employing at the polls, for no other purpose than that of political coercion, thousands of individuals