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constable of the town, immediately cocked it, held it to the breast of Donahower, and swore that he would kill him if he did not instantly give up. Donahower now drew a dirk, and the sheriff of the county, with the ferocity of a savage, took him by the throat, wrested the 'dirk from his hand : at the same time, several individuals had hold of him-brutally maltreating him, and forced him into the entry. At this juncture Judge Hancock forced his way into the entry, and ordered three negroes to lay hold of him, (Donahower) and knock him down with anything they could lay hold of. One of them ran into an adjoining room and got a pair of tongs, and was about levelling it over his head, when his arm was seized by the tavern-keeper and the weapon
taken from him.
Donahower, during the scuffle, made his way to the door, and there fell with his face downward; the sheriff now laid hold of him by the hair, and dragged him over the ground-a negro took him by the feet, and while thus dragging him, Judge Hancock kept beating him with an umbrella, at the same time a negro was kicking him in the side, and others tearing his clothes,-robbed him of his pocket-book, and all his papers, and in other ways brutally and savagely using him. He was lodged in jail, without commitment or hearing, and kept there from three to four, and was only released upon giving bail in the sum of seventeen hundred dollars !! The bail was voluntarily given by some of the citizens of Salem.
Such are the facts of the case as can be testified by a number of eyewitnesses.
A more violent and brutal outrage is not to be found in the records of a civilized people.
From the Baltimore Patriot. A few days since a house in the southern extremity of our city, occupied by some coloured persons, was entered by six white boys, apparently about 14 or 16 years of age, who, finding no one at home but a woman, they, after treating her in the most rude and shameful manner, set the house on fire and then made their escape.
From the Woodbury (N. J.) Herald.
LYNCH ON THE OTHER SIDE.
We were credibly informed a few days since, that on Sunday week, this code, now so popular every where, was executed to its utmost letter in this county, near Snowhill. The meeting-house there, heretofore for many years used for public worship by the blacks, was burnt, and frequently since the meetings have been held near by in the woods. It was at one of these meetings on Sunday week that two blacks from Philadelphia attended-one quite an old man—the other younger and with a wooden leg. Shortly after they reached the meeting another, a black from the city, arrived and asserted that the two strangers were spies, employed by negro catchers (slave holders) to report the whereabouts of runaway slaves to their masters. The report spread like wildfire, and the parson in attendance, to avoid a rupture, advised the
two to decamp as fast as their legs would let them. They attempted to do
so, and had made good their retreat for several miles, when they were overtaken by the blacks from the meeting ; taken back, stript to their skin, tied, and both Lynched in the most unmerciful manner. One of them, it is said, received near three hundred lashes-the other nearly as much! The skin, we are told, was literally whipt from their backs! and hardly life sufficient left in them to carry them away. The whites rose in large numbers upon learning the fact, but the bloody participators had quitted their horrid butchery—their victims yet tied to the trees. So flagrant an outrage should be visited with the severest penalties of the law, and no pains spared to ferret out the guilty.
From a United States paper. DISTURBANCES took place in Newark on Friday. - The Rev. Mr. Weeks, pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Newark, introduced a coloured man into the pulpit, although previously warned of the danger of doing so by several respectable citizens. The bravado had the result which was to be anticipated in the present state of public opinion. The church was attacked, the windows broken, and the interior of the building destroyed.
From the New York Journal of Commerce.
AMALGAMATION. QUITE a rumpus was occasioned in the upper part of the city last evening by the promenading of a coloured gemman and a white lady, arm-in-arm, in Broadway. A parcel of boys, observing the phenomenon, set up the cry, "White woman and nigger! white woman and nigger! white woman and nigger !” of course, following in pursuit. This attracted others, including many full-grown boys, some to see “what was the matter," some to correct abuses,” and some for reasons best known to themselves. However, the procession soon became too long and noisy for the comfort of the promenaders, and accordingly the lady turned into a grocery store for protection, while the coloured man walked on alone. Some of the supernumeraries followed, and brought him back. By this time there was a great crowd around the store, anxious to learn the whole story. A friend of ours, who happened to be near, went in, and was told by the lady that she was an Englishwoman, and not aware of the state of public feeling here on the subject of colour; that the negro with her was in the employ of her brother, and that she had taken him with her only as a protector.
While the crowd were enlightening themselves as well as they could in regard to facts, two peace-officers made their appearance, and took both the man and woman to the watch-house for safe keeping, until the embryo mob should be dispersed. This was the end of the matter. Our informant was afterwards told by a captain of the watch that the parties in question were man and wife.
Newark, July 12, 1834. On Saturday night there was another disturbance at Newark. The mob
attacked a barber's shop, kept by a black man, but were dispersed by the timely arrival of the police. Mr. Weeks, the clergyman whose church was destroyed on Friday, issued the following note to the people of Newark:
“ You will do me a favour if you will please to state, for the information of the public, that I am no advocate for the amalgamation of colours. I believe that God, in making men of different colours, has sufficiently indicated the duty to us of keeping them separate, and of allowing of no intermarriages between them. i have not time for further explanations. “ Yours,
W. R. WEEKS.”
THOMPSON, IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. We learn from the Concord (N. H.) Patriot that that place was thrown into great excitement on Friday last, in consequence of an attempt to get up an anti-slavery meeting on the part of certain fanatics, headed by George Thompson and John G. Whittier. The chairman of the select men called upon Thompson, and warned him and his friends of the consequences. They paid no regard to the warning, and the select men closed the doors of the Town-hall against him; but, at the hour appointed, the Abolitionists proceeded to the place of meeting, and finding the room closed, retired.
In the mean time the multitude had assembled, determined that the incendiary Thompson should not escape them, if he made his appear
Not finding Thompson, they proceeded through the streets, and, falling in with Whittier and the editor of the Herald, pelted them with dirt. Thompson was tracked to the house of a Mr. Kent, and on the people, to the number of several hundreds, making their appearance, he escaped to the woods. On being assured that Thompson had promised not to attempt to lecture in that vicinity, the assembly retired, and burned him in effigy:
It was with the greatest difficulty the civil authorities could control the indignant feelings of the populace.
On Saturday morning the stage-drivers spontaneously and unanimously refused to carry out the bundles of the Herald of Freedom-a Abolitionist paper printed in that town—and threw them in the street. -1835.
From the New York Gazette.
OUTRAGEOUS OPPRESSION. We perceive by the Apalachicola Gazette that the government of that city have imposed an arbitrary tax of twenty-five dollars on every free person of colour,-man, woman, and child, and a tax of fifty dollars upon every slave who hires his own time. Unless this tax is paid in a given time, the delinquents are to be seized and sold! As the free negroes of the south are generally poor, the probability is that many who live within the light of the ordinance here referred to will lose their freedom, though mayhap they have spent years of anxious toil in obtaining it. When such things as these occur, can we wonder that
“ fanatics" at the north who condemn the whole system of slavery ?[We recommend this case to the special cognizance of our friend of the New York Gazette.-Boston Times.]
ANOTHER ABOLITION RIOT. On Thursday night last a riot took place at Norwich, Connecticut. It appears that some person from Boston had, the evening previous, preached an abolition sermon in the Rev. Mr. Dickerson's, first Presbyterian church in that city, which passed off quietly. The next evening he made a second attempt, when a mob, headed by a band, marched to the church, proceeded up the broad aisle, took the parson from the pulpit, and forced him to march before them, at the same time playing “ The Rogues' March," till they actually drummed him out of the place, threatening, if he ever returned again, to "give him a coat of tar and feathers."
DISTRESSING. A most melancholy accident, the result of a most culpable practice, occurred on Wednesday last, in the neighbourhood of Tenth and Jamesstreets, Spring Garden. Some large boys were throwing stones at a coloured man, who was peaceably and inoffensively passing, when one of them struck a boy of eight years of age upon the head, and injured him so severely that he died on Saturday morning. He was a son of Mr, Jacob Haas, a respectable victualler of Spring Garden.
JUDGE LYNCH, says the Aiken (S. C.) Telegraph of the 11th instant, pinned into a chap a few days ago down on the Run in this district. We have not heard all the particulars. The fellow was found in the cotton-field with the negroes, and, when detected, feigned partial insanity. There were two others of like stamp detected about the same time in Orangeburgh district. We learn that Judge Hang presided there, and passed sentence on them.
We subjoin from the Philadelphia Gazette a minute, and, as far as our observation extends, a correct account of the disgraceful riots of Monday evening. It will be seen that although the designs of the lawless wretches were known for hours before, no attempt was made to oppose them, and that they carried on their brutal work from nine o'clock in the evening until two in the morning, unmolested ; except in one instance, when a handful of our intrepid firemen, irritated by an effort to destroy their apparatus, charged the mob, and drove perhaps fifty times their own number like sheep before them. The rioters are as cowardly as they are cruel, and could easily have been dispersed at any time by a resolute movement; but that, as usual, was wanting. The city police remained on the city line with their hands in their pockets, when, we
presume, at the mandate of the sheriff, they could have acted in the county; or, without that requisition, could have interfered simply as citizens. They, however, remained quiet, almost within hearing of the cries of the assailed, while the flames of the burning building lighted up their bivouac. Nothing was done, that we could learn, towards organizing the posse comitatus-stupid inaction prevailed, at a time, too, when hundreds of well-disposed citizens were near the spot, ready and anxious to go forward, if formed under a proper leader. No excuse can be offered for such conduct--the authorities have not even the poor one of inexperience; for the scenes of Monday night are an exact repetition of those which occurred in the same neighbourhood at this time last year.
Should these tumults continue, it will be necessary for the citizens to organize themselves, and, by the most forcible and decisive means, make such an example of the disorderly as may strike them with terror, and put an effectual stop to their mad career.
From the Philadelphia Gazette of Tuesday. The public mind being greatly excited by the attempted murder of Mr. Stewart, the authorities of the city yesterday adopted efficient measures to prevent a breach of the peace within the borders of the city. At an early hour in the evening a large body of the city watch, the silent watch, and the day police, were stationed in the southern section of the city, in the vicinity of the scenes of former disturbances. Recorder Mʻllvaine, Mayor Swift, and the high constables, directed the motions of this body of police, consisting of one hundred efficient men. About eight o'clock a crowd assembled in the neighbourhood of Sixth and Seventh and Lombard and South-streets. The presence of the police, however, prevented any manifestation of violence. The mob continued to increase until nine o'clock, and, though noisy, were still intimidated from a violation of the peace. The crowd, or at least the riotous part of it, consisted of the very lowest classes, with apprentices and half-grown boys. A little after nine o'clock, the mob having increased to about fifteen hundred men, the cry was raised, “ To Small-street!" and the mob rushed in that direction.
They passed down Sixth-street to Small-street, and commenced an assault upon four or five houses occupied by coloured people in that street, between Fifth and Seventh-streets. The houses were mostly deserted, and but few coloured persons fell into the hands of the mob. Those that were caught were beaten severely. The cry of the mob when a coloured man was caught, was, “Kill him—beat him-place him under the pump,” with many low vociferations and blasphemous execrations.
They proceeded up Small to Seventh-street, and down Seventh to Shippen-street. Here they assailed a house in Shippen-street, above Sixthstreet, occupied by a coloured barber and several white women. The house was deserted; and the mob, having examined the premises, left them, without destroying any of the property. This barber appeared to be an object of peculiar animosity, and the house was revisited and searched several times, but in vain.
The mob then proceeded up Shippen-street to Eighth-street, and down