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 - - Kansas: : i - Dispersion of the Topeka...
- Kansas: : i - Dispersion of the Topeka Legislature. The St. Louis Republican has the following account of the dispersion of tbe 'lopeka Lie gislature, in a letter from a correspondent, dated Leavenworth county, Kansas, July 7 : Many, if not all, of your readers are anxious to Know wnai iooe piuco oi "u - r "L"r bb I w&a an eye witness, i wko iuo uuoi - j Ill - ail u k mo ioiio "j , , . . . By absolution of the " bogus Legislature," at its session in March last, it was determined that that body should re - assembie at ropes on urn ilu.wi j uV, 18Sti. for the purpose of enacting laws for the Stale ,,f Kunmu" As this was nothing more or lees than or. .Hm m MiRbHsh a Government over this Terri tory in place of that created by Congress, and as this wasto be done bv means of a secret military organization, organization, it could be"considered iu no other light than as and. of course, the necessary authority was enjoined upon the military and civil officers here to prevent a meeting oi uimuuu.. . v. Liit ciiu, - i i!,,v. Woodson. Marshal Uoualson. aud Col. Sumner, with about eight companies of the 1st Cav alry, and United' stales Attorney isacks, were eu - ...nnial iifAr Toneka on the 3d inst. The Abolitionists were in convention here for a day or two previous, and military companies, with drum aud fife, ware parading the streets. The military turnout was under the prelPXt of a Celebration of ti.u Ki.nrili and. on this account, it was deemed luex - pedient to interfere with them, notwithstanding it was an organization "outside of the law." In the afternoon a deputation came down to camp for the purpose of learning wnai course wouiu oe tuaen, in case the "Legislature" should meet. These persons fiiH not renresent themselves as authorized to repre sent their friends, but there can be no doubt thai they were. The object ot this committee was also lo una out how far they would be permitted to go, and whether the members would be arrested, or if the military would take them in hand. There was no disposition on the part of the officers to disguise or iniuce mutters, and they were told that it was deter mined not to permit a meeting oi uieir "legislature. Thev wanted lo know if they would be permitted to mee'l, call the roll, and then adjourn to another day, wilh the view of keeping up their oryaniztition. The opinion of the officers was unanimous thalthey could UOl meet lor any pui Jiueo v uaicici, aiiu ;oiul lu jne - vent them from keepingup their organization was the main object of the authorities. When the depU' tatiou found they could make no terms of the kind, Ihev suggested it as their opinion lhal if Ihe Colonel ami acting Goveruor would send up a proclamation avowing their purpose, that no attempt would be mude to organize. As this was n matter of great nnlilic concern, and probawy pregnant with portaut results, proclamations were sent up early tho next morning, declaring in most emphatic terms the intention of tho Government to prevent an organi - 7ilirm. It is evident that the object of the deputation was to learn the utmost point tueir menus would be per mitted to go, so that they couw mane as much lor "buncombe'" as possible, without endangering their precious persons from a charge of treason or criminal criminal prosecutions. Tho question ol resistance was discussed, and from the speeches made iu the con vention one would have tell certain that a collision would be inevituble ; but at the appointed time (12 M l Col. Sumner, with his command, und .Marshal Doualson. went nil to thu "State House." Two or three companies of armed Abolitionists were formed in trout of me bouse, under the pretext of a banner presentation, when there can be but little doubt that, bad the V. S. Marshal gone up to arrest them with oulv a few men, then these companies could have prevented him from doiiig so, and the " Legisiuture" rmild have met aud adjourned over to another duv. therebv perpetuating iheir organization. This cir - riimaiiince will accouut for ihe necessity of the pres mice of Col. Sumner's command, which was formed upon the ground occupied by Hie Abolition troops, who left in double nuict time. - Lot Sumner then en tered the Suae House, followed by a large number of the member", a crowd of citizens, abolition troops. ladies. &.C.. aniiusl shouts, yells, und confusion. The roll having been called, It became known thut a ma - ol l he Legislature answered 10 uu ir names Koine ill tuem uecillieu uup - inii; in ua. luia ooiie ihe Colonel told them in a manner tinil clearly meant that he would do what he said, that they nnnt disperse or be arrested; and the Marshal in a like mm;rier told llie:n me sunn; ui - iiu uns iiuorinaiiou they all left the hull. Col. S. Hum requested ;those persons, claiming to constitute Hie Senate, to meet torn in their chamber, which they did. all other per tons but the Marshal having been excluded; aud when there, told them that they would not be per mitted lo organize, lo which iney seemed reiuciautly to Hssetit. The Marshal then told lliem that tn the discharge of his duties ho should require a pledge ol honor that they would not meet, organize, or attempt, then, or at anv lulure time, (under tneirpresenlorgauizaiion.) to pass any act ot a legislative character, 'lotlns proposition tbey were mil wen oisposeu to assent, aud gave as a "reason that they "could not pledge themselves lor absent menitiers, to wlm li tue JHar - uIihI replied that a duoriim of the members were pre sent, according to their own statement, and that if each of them did not give a pledge of honor to this demand, lie would arrest every one ol them, before ihev should leave the room ; lliey tiien Consented, but desired to organize informally, with the view of luking it vote ol adjournment, nut tne itiarsnai toiu id. - m that ihev could not organize formally or infor mally, that that, wilh other things, was what he came hereto prevent all ol wimn was concurred lti by Col. S. The Marshal then put the question of adourn - nt, on l!ie condition aloresa.d, to l!n - lio - us mem bers, ami the vote was unanimous in Hie a!!;rmative Thus terminated one ol tbe inin - t tteasonable - s lluit ever a - Si'iubled in this or any other country. This is thedegrading result of the etlortsof the Aid Society ami the " tree Mate movement." Before closing. 1 would mid thai after the procla mation - of ihe President, Gov. Shannon and acting Gov. V ood - on were read iiy the iviursiiai in tnemoru - inL'. the Abolitionists gave three cheers lor Gov. Rob inson, and three groans each for Gov. Shannon and President Pierce. 1 will here mention a fuel going lo show how low and uegrsaea II. esc creatures are. Notwithstanding lliey groaned the President in ihe morning, still they. in the evening, passed a resolution in their convention to memorialize him ou various u 'Meets. hverything is quiet here. I think, and many admit, that the tree Mine movement will Ian inrough, unless unless Congress should admit ihe present bogus constitution. constitution. In the foregoing, a simple statement of facts ia made, without a regard lor any other purpose than lo give true lutormation on tne sunjeci. is

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  2. 19 Jul 1856, Sat,
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