Article about Jesse Bynum and Robert Potter feud in in 1825 Halifax.
The name of the Halifax Compiler reminds us of an incident that afforded some amusement at that period. It was the period when the celebrated Bob Potter, Hal Potter, Jesse A. Bynum, and perhaps other noted characters and rowdies, flourished in and about the town of Halifax. That town was entitled to a Representative in the House of Commfuyrider the old Constitution, and there being onlyarty or fifty voters, there was abundant opportunity for the exercise of every species of electioneering the kind most in vogue being drinking and fighting. Pistols and dirks were commonly used, and every body looked for bloody accounts from a Halifax election. On one occasion (1825) no member was elected, the election having been broken up by a brawl between Potter and Bynum, and their friends. The Halifax Compiler fed the flame on all these occasions. We do not remember whether it was on the side of Bob Potter or of Bynum, but it was furious on one side or the other. In the midst of one of these excitements, somebody, intentionally as it was supposed, transposed the large types which composed the head of the paper Halifax Compiler so a 'to make them read Hel-fiar Compilax; and in that way the whole edition of the paper was printed off and circulated. It may be supposed that the fire-eating editor was not in a very amiable mood when the trick that had been played off upon him was discovered. He offered a reward for the discovery of the "villain," but we suppose that the wag preferred life and limb to the reward, and so did not claim the latter by divulging his name; but we believe that one or more fights grew out of the occurrence. The habits of the ancient borough are probably not so belligerent now as thirty-five years ago. the a by