The Topeka Daily Capital from Topeka, Kansas on October 24, 1882 · Page 4
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Topeka, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 24, 1882
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,1 is " . l..1? -nfi i -f n OFFICIAL STATE PAPER. 3, B. Pueckll, Pre. : V. A. Johkstoit, &c'v , John B. Mulvahs, Treasurer HixRT KlKO, Editir-xn-Chtef. ; ' J. K. BtJDSOu, Business Manager. All communications relative to the editorial departments of the paper should be addressed to ' Hesbt Euro, Editor-in-Chief. , , , JlH letters relative to subscriptions, advertising-, lot printing and other busiress of the Company rfoSd be addressed to J. K. Hudson. Business XIaaascr. ; 1 . V EATE3 OP 8DB3CRIPTION : " ' ' UO year, dj mmi- " fn months ' ...... ; 5 oo Three months, by mail i ...-.. -.- 2 50 mVEED BY CARRIER IN TOrEKA, WTTRTTLY CAPITAL ' Tanyaddren.(8 pages, 48 columns) by n one year.......- EUDaY CAPITAL, To any address, by mail, one year.-........-.. 2 00 AUIHORIZED TRAVELING AGENTS AND COB- . RESPONDENTS. On tha line of the Union Pacific Railroad and itobrabches, Mb. P. C. Chambeblainb is our au-ttorized inbtcription Agent end Correspondent. On the line of the A., T.&S. P. Railroad and its branches, Mb. H. A. Cone is onr authorised .lubscription Agent and Correspondent. The Capital Is for sale by all News Dealers sod on all railroad trains in Kansas. H-TtJS&DAY MORNING, OCTOBER 24, 1882. Gov. St. John speaks at Crowther's opera house to-morrownigbt. Thb statement that Oscar Wilde did not feel friendly toward the United States has been verified. He has begun a new lecture tour. Go to the big Republican rally at Crowther's opera house to-morrow night. Gov. St. John and .Capt. J. B. Johnson will speak. The Republicans, Democrats and Green-Jbackers should turn out and hear the Governor at Crowther's opera house to-morrow f night. . B. Gratz Brown is doing some good 'work in Indiana in his earnest advocacy of the submission of a prohibitory amendment to the constituion of the State. OiffK of the effects of shipping Western dressed beef to New York is that four of the largest slaughterers of the great metropolis have removed their establishments to Chicago. Some very entertaining and suggestive reading in the form of recent expressions of leading Kansas papers on State politics trill be found on another page. No voter should skip them. Thb Fort Scott Monitor has been informed by "an anti-St. John Republican, who knew whereof he spoke," that the actual membership of the anti-St. John club of Topeka is one hundred and twenty. Victor Hugo is one of those who raises his voice against any attempt to execute Arabi Pasha. It is hardly necessary to say that Arabi himself will raise a protest should such a thing be thought of. It is recommended that Arabi Pasha send over for Foreman Dickson. In case Arabi secured him he could afford to bet all he was worth that he'd never be convicted, no matter what the evidence was. The health journals are asserting that to maintain a sound constitution you should lie only on the right fide. Which moves , some curious person to inquire what a fellow is going to do who edits a Democratic paper. - Toe fact that the wife of Gov. Crittenden uras robbed of $1,000 recently in money and jewelry in a sleeping-car in Colorado leads the Chicago Tribune to believe that there is a Missouri colony somewhere in the Centennial State. The Chinese government is about to re-quest that certain intelligent lads of its own country be admitted to the naval and military academies of the United States. Such a request will be most decidedly a compliment to this nation. Judge Foster says the Topeka anti-St. John club has a membership- of between ceven and eight hundred. The Judge has evidently mistaken his vocation. He ought to be a newspaper canvasser, stirring up the ativea with circulation yarns. The Atchison Go6e deliberately puts itself on record as believing that Senate r Plumb's pants "are too short." Does this foreshadow the bringing out' of another sand id ate, or does it merely apply that the Senator shouldp&tronize some other tailor? There will be a Republican mass meeting at Crowtbet's opera house to-morrow evening, to be addressed by Gov. St. John, Capt. J. B. Johnson and other able speakers. This is the first Republican rally of the campaign in Topeka, and everybody will go. A writer who has been looking up the .matter says that of ten children born in " Norway, a little over seven reach their tenth year; in England and the United Rates lefsthan seven reach that age; in . France only five reach it; and in Ireland ss than fife. It is a little paz.Ung to see. bolting Kansas. Republican?, who denounce the State convention of the party as a "so-called Republican" affair, supporting all of the nom-iarM of that convention but one. &n1 A - - r j ..Tiring that they cumot vote for him on tcccunt of. the "unusual method", by which he secured his nomination. But we don't suppose the inconsistency of the thing ever cccurs to them. - Down in Aiaoama various rifle clubs of Democratic proclivities are having weekly drills in anticipation of an uprising of the negroes, advertised soon to occur. No one apprehends that any member of the rifle clubs will be hurt, but the coroner will wax fat from the inquests over the colored victims when the time comes. That has been the experience of the paBt, and the future is not at all apt to lm prove upon it. The proceedings of the reunion of J ohn Brown's surviving comrades published this morning will be found to amply justify in interest and value the liberal space occupied. Anything concerning Old Osawato mie is sure of eager reading in Kansas; and no more entertaining and instructive contri bution has ever been made to the strange, fascinating and impressive story of his movements than these reminiscences of men who marched and fought with him and were in a large measure the sharers of his secrets. The remarks of the several speakers were reported in short-hand, exclusively for the Capital, and will well repay a careful reading. It will be cb.erved, too. that in addition to the general interest of the speeches and letters, some corrections of history are made that have special imp?1 ace. In a recent admirable speech at Oska-loosa, Capt, J. B. Jobnpon related a bit Of history" which is worth passing around. We quote from a feportin the Independent- In 1 868 Col. Tom Moonlight made a Kepubllcs n speech in the court room here. A squad of the boys who served under him in the 11th Kanas marched in, formed in line, and were introduced to' Col. Moonlight by Capt. Jjhnson j The col, onel, taken by surprise, was thoroughly aroused and made one of the most el ' quent speeches that ever fell f rom his lips. During that speech he alluded to George W. Glick, who joined the Kansas militia during the P. ice raid, but who insisted strenuously, at all times, that he would never cross the line Into Missouri that It was a violation of the sacred rights of States to do such a thing. Then Moonlight drew a picture of the boys in camp down near the mouth of the Kaw a dark, tainy, muddy night, with the men shivering about and longing for daylight and there was George Washington Glick, down on his knees, with a dark lantern, groping about in the mud and trying to find the State line, afraid lest he should get over onto the Missouri side ! We think the central committees of the 46th and 47th districts made a serious mistake in not calling primary elections to nominate candidates for the Legislature. If a central committee is intended for any one purpose more than another, it is to preserve the party organization and ' discourage scrambles inside of the lines; and certainly the very opposite thing is done in dispensing with a convention when several persons are desirous to run. It is worth noting in this connection that Mr. Dunlap's friends in the 46th district voted solidly in the committee meeting on the side of calling a primary election. In the other district, it is understood, the candidates were all willing to go iuto a primary and abide the result ; and the action of the committee was therefore purely arbitrary and unsolicited, as it is surely unacceptable to the mass of Republican voters. The people are entirely competent to Select their own candidates, and a party committee exceeds its authority in denying them an opportunity to do so. . The statesman and reformer, Tumble-some, not content with manifesting himself through addresses'To the People"and editor ials for the Commonwealth, is also scattering chunks of characteristic wit and wisdom over the State in the shape of private letters to local politicians. One of these mis sives went astray somehow, and brought up In the Capital office. To show how far cheek can go, as well as to expose some of the methods of these subterranean any thing- WbeaSt, John patriots? we print it herewith in full J Topeka, Kan, Oct. 1?. Dear Sir : To the Atiti St. John Republicans of Ford County the-Anti-St John Republican Club of this city sends greeting ; We have a m-mershlp of over 800; we wiil hive 1,200 before NoVember 1. Miawnee coun'y fcae Garfield ovtr 2,900 majority; it will give G lick a smatt majority. Grand reports come from all parts of the State. Glick can be elected with the proper effort. It is a tidal wave like Oaio. JSo county in Kanras wi.l give St. John as large a majority as it gave the amendment, and it had only some 8.C00 majority and Glick is gaining rotes rapidly. How much majority can you give Glick in Ford? Look alter your municipal townships on the wt st. Flease let me hear from you. Fraterftilly, W. P. Ttjmblesome. In his speech Here on last Saturday evening, St. John taid that when he rode in a Pullman palace car it was paid for by the temperance men. There are probably some who will believe thiB, though we have every reason to believe that there Is not a word of truth In it. It was announced, in the Tofexa C-fitax t everal days before St. John and paity started to Lafayette in a special palace car, that the railroad companies had placed at his disposal a special pal .ee car for his Indiana trip. Junction City Union. "There are probably some who will believe" it is possible for the Union to tell the truth when speaking of the Capital, but we are not of the number. This paper never made any such announcement as the Union speaks of, and has not thought it necessary to waste any $ pace over the tilly twaddle about that cpecial car. As a simple fact, that car was furnished by the Pullman company at a stipulated price per dsy, and paid for by the "temperance people who desired Gov. SC John's attendance at their meetings. We suppose the Governor might have made the trip on a freight-train, in an ordinary caboose, and he would no doubt have done so had he been playing the demagogue after the fashion of the "anion" candidate for the Legislature in Davis county, for instance ; but as the peo- pie who invited him preferred to have him come in a pleaanter way, at their expense, we really can't see that it U tmhJ'. i business but theirs. nil i i A Eenrtfon cf His Snryiying;' Asso-. ciates- ' T Recollections of the Battle of Black Jack- Bloody .Scenes of Early Days in Kansas-Old Oaawatomie's" Last Visit-The Preliminaries to Harper's Ferry Several Very Interesting" Narratives. The gathering of former associates of John Brown, at the new rooms of the State Historical society in the capitol; on Sa ur-day afternoon, proved an occasion of interest surpassing even the high expectations of those who were instrumental in bringing it about, and will add much to the knowledge of the old hero's character and achievements for freedom. The prime mover in the matter was Mr. C W. Moffett, of Montour, Iowa, who is for a time visiting relatives near this city. At his sugesticn Judge Adams several days ago addressed invitations to a number of gentlemen who had been connected with Brown in his operations, and the result was a meeting of the follow ing named persons : Charles Wesley Moffett, now of Montour, Tama county, Iowa, aged 55. Albert Fiauders. mw of Manhattan, aged 48. Col, John Richie, Topeka, born July 17, 1817, now aged 65. John Armstrong, Topeka, gged 54. CI. D. H. Home, Topeka, aged 54. J. C. Burnett, Topeka, aged 57. Jacob Willitts, Topeka, aged 58. Augustus H. Barnard, Topeka, aged 49. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Armstrong, who briefly stated its object, and Col. John Richie was named for chairman. Col. Richie said he would prefer that some one nearer identified with John Brown than himself should preside. Not that he had any desire to take back a single reform movement, but as there was another gentleman present who had gone ' farther with Brown than he had, he would rather that gentleman should occupy the chair. Col. Richie nominated Mr. Moffett for chairman, which was unanimously agreed to. Col. Richie said farther that to carry out the idea already suggested, he would nominate Mr. Barnard for secretary. JOhn Armstrong went to the Nebraska line with Brown and thirteen black fugitives from Missouri, but Mr. Birnard went "clear through to Tabor, Iowa, on the route to Canada. This nomination was also agreed to with one voice, Mr. Birnard briefly thanked the gentlemen for the honor and the meeting proceeded to business. After some conversation as to the method of getting at the object desired, it was agreed that each should relate in his own way such facts as he could recall in relation to the great and good man with whom they had been for a time associated. The chairman being first called on spoke substantially as follows : MR. MOFFETT'S NARRATIVE. About the year 1856 I was running on the underground railroad. The train I run consisted of Mr. Richie's wagon, and the locomotive was his team of horses. I had made a trip from Kansas through Nebraska into Iowa with a load of colored men, and at Tabor, Iowa, I met John Brown, who had been lying there sick since the summer of 1855. Judge Adams inquired if it was not a year later, a year after the sacking of Lawrence. Mr. M.ffett : It may have been as late as 1857. Mr. Kagi and myself had been placed in charge of three colored men at Mr. Richie's house who were b?irg hunted by a band of Southerners and a regicaeqt of Uujted Stale troops. We piloted them through to Iowa, nd saw them started on the connecting line of the underground riilroad for Canada As I said before, at Tabor I found John Brown, Owen Brown, Charles P. Tidd and Mr. Forbes, their drill master, waiting for the recovery of John Brown in health, as he directed all the movements. As we were working on a secret line with John Brown, nothing was more natural than that we should fall into a more congenial field then that of the underground road, and we at once joined his company to go where he went and do as he did. That was our motto. In a few days we returned to Topeka and John Brown soon followed us. We engaged at once in recruiting for him, and by the time he arrived we had a number of recruits. . A little later we retraced our steps through Nebraska into Iowa again, and spent the winter in the vicinity of Iowa City. Our efforts there were directed towards starting a Sharp's rifle military school, of which a man named Stevens known better in this part of the country as Whipple was to be the instructor ; but the plans were somewhat interfered with by pecuniary embarassments. Then Mr. Brown went East, to Ohio, where we had started for in the first place, to form another school there. There was also to be one in Canada, making three in all. When Mr. Brown left he gave Mr. Whipple charge of the school, and I set Forbes around by water, to Ohio. Mr Forbes had been engaged as drill master at one hundred dollars a month, and when we stopped eff in Iowa, Mr. Browneaid Le would have to give him the choice of the schools. It was understood if Forbes would come back to Iowa Whipple would take the school in Ohio, or the Canada one. But when he got back to Ohio, Mr. Brown found that Forbes had gone east, so he determined :joiin i-3 ia Canada, and that was the only school ia th east that winter.' .v .... .. .. We fpent the winter in our tchool and in the spring Mr. Brown came back with us and we went with him to Canada and held our convention in Chatham, Canada West About the fourth day of our convention we received a dispatch from a Congressman at Washington thatMr. Foibes had been re vealiog our secrets. After leaving Ohio Forbes had gone to New York and from there he wrote for money. Brown had been paying him full salary for six months and nothing had been done. He then told Mr. Forbes he could not continue the salary un til he got his men together, but he said to Foibss that his expenses would be provided for. Forbes found his wife and daughter in New York in need of money. They were English, had been used to high living, .and had no idea of the value of a dollar. Forbes continued his demands and finally made threats that if money was not sent he would disclose the secrets of the organization. Mr. Brown paid no farther attention to him until the word came from Washington that Forbes was there making xevelations. After studying the matter over Mr. Brown said : "I shah have to disband my men and return westward so that the world may know that John Brown is still in Kan sas." The men were disbanded, the ex penses of each being paid to h?s home or 'wherever he wanted io go, and Mr. Brown started back with Kagi and Whipple, whom he had chesen to accompany him to Kansas. Probably some other one of these gentle men can tell better what happened here that summer. I stayed in Ohio, with Mr. Parsons, thinking that would be nigher the final scene of action. While John Brown was moving about in Kansas Kagi kept us pretty well posted, but as a general thing Mr. Brcwn was very secretive, never trust ing anyone with his business unless necessary. If he wrote to a man he was ex tremely cautious in every expression so that nothing of importance would be disclosed, if the letter fell into the hands of any one e!se. For that reason his men were not posted as to the time he expected to make a strike. Mr. Parsons and I were watching the papers all the time, as the movements of John Brown were noted, and we found that he was on his way to Tabor. Kagi al rays da'ed his letters two weeks back, so that pursuers were misled. We expected to meet Mr. Brown at Springdale, Iowa, and that that would afterward be headquarters. Bat it happened that we passed each other some where between Ohio and Iowa, and when we got to Springdale found that Mr. Brown had gone East. We learned there for the first time that spricg about when he was going to make a strike, not knowing or thinking before, that it was so near at hand. I wrote on then, and got word to join Brown at or near Harper's Ferry as soon as we could get there. I wrote Kagi that it was going to be difficult for me to ba with him for a month, at least, unless it was absolutely necessary. The man I had engaged to work for wanted me to stay with him, and was anxious to know why I wanted to leave after making a contract. Becoming sa'isfied that he was a trusty man, I finally told him my reason for wanting to leave. He said that if I would stay until a certain day that be would have 100 men to go with me. This I reported to Kagi, who told me by all means to stay until actually needed, but to hold myself in constant readiness. The strike was made, as you all remember some davs sooner than was intended, and unexpected'y toU3 and others. Bron went under the pretense of mining and reported only eight men. The men with him had been in the habit of of having a good deal of exercise and hard work, and Boon be:ame restless at being shut up in the house. After a short time they fought relief by going off to the mountains before light, spending the day in the open air and returning after dik. Very soon Ihey basame careless about bing Seen, and would leave a little late in the morning and come back early in the evening. This got noised abroad. They said, "Why, Brown has got a great many men there. What is Brown doing?" He became apprehensive they would get a search-warrant and come to search his house. He knew if they did it would be all day with him, so .he concluded to make the strike eight days before the time set, confident he could hold his own until his organized forces could get to hiui. His secretary wrote us that they were going to make the strike sooner than was expected, and for all to start as soon as possible; that they would open the ball and hold the position until we got there. I got Kagi's letter and a dispatch came at the same time announcing the capture of Brown. Many suppose there was not a man anywhere, only that little handful that John Brown had. The world heard of their rashness with astonishment and wonder. Now I know positively of my own knowledge and from men's tnouih, that there were from cne to five hundred men on the road when the news reached them of John Brown's capture, and a great many more would have started within twenty four hours afterward. Mr. Home: This has always been a mystery to we. I never understood before why this attempt was made. . , Mr. Moffett: When we formed that government at the Chatham convention, some then said, ' Why, this h treason " That L, it will be said by the world, U is treason, ''and the first man who puts his name to it commits treason against his government.' Bat when thry got it ready to sign every man was anxious to have his name at the head, and a crowd stood about' the desk to grasp the pen. Mine went en as seventh. to Give up the Ohio nl cel. an,! hold c it L.3 tlo it ; 1 ' " 1 i ' ' i t -. L i j BroiiU vr3 lii tL.3 cji Cuua j signed it, ' A frood many more names i were s'gned to U than were ever published. There were a good many colored men from . Canada in the convention, and a good many from the JJnited States in the convention. Fred Douglas was expected, but finally at the last moment Fred backed down and didn't come. If any man now has any idea that it was planned to go into the South for robbery and murder, or for treason against the United States, I would ask him to study that provisional government and see how we in tended to govern the men that went in there. Judge Adams read the names of the sign era of the' constitution of the provi sional government from Red path's "Life of John Brown," aad asked Mr. Moffett if he knew of any cf them now living. Air. Monet: I suppose J rom J ate news Owen Brown still lives; Mr. Parsons is another; then there is George B. Gill, who was secretary of the treasury in the provisional government,' who is now living between Springdale and West Liberty, Iowa. The colored people in Canada seemed ready to take right hold, even 6ome cf the ladies. There was one lady we called Capt. Tubbs I believe that was hex name an i excellent woman, abont forty-five yeirs old, well proportioned and tall for a woman, and she had taken from Virginia over one hundred slaves, and piloted them through into Canada, After securing her own free dom, she had gone back seven or eight times, and got through successfully, bringing others with her. There was hardly a footpath or a cowpatn in Virginia that woman did not know. John Brown wanted to secure her services. She told him that she had her old father god mother to support, and that she had brought slaves from Virginia who were dependirg on. her altogether. She had bought a little house andcommenced paying on it. Brown asked her: "Can you leave and go with us providing you can have your home secured and receive a small salary besides?" She said she could. John Brown wrote to Garrett Smith, stated the facts and through him got the necessary funds. Gentlemen, we could have been iq Vir ginia the next day after that on which John Brown was captured, and would have been there had not that sad occurrence ended the movement for the time. Oae circumstance stated in the convention I hate neglected to mention. On one trip Capt Tubbs induced a 'number of colored people to make a start from Virginia with her, among them one youog fellow who did not start with much spirit. They set out with' their provisions on their backs. The first day's travel or night's rather, for you remember they had to travel at night was a pretty lergthy one, and the young fellow got tired and foot sore at-d began to talk of going back. She talked with him and induced him to stay with them another night, but when the next morning came he made up his mind to go no further. When she found that persuasion wouTd do no gocd she drew her revolver and told him there was no turning back with her. It was d?ath or go ahead. I saw that man myself in Canada, and from his own lips I heard : "Glory to God that I was forced into Canada at 'the mouth of a revolver." MR. FLAKDER'S 8TORY. Mr. Flanders, of Manhattan, said he was in the fight at Black Jack, when John Brown routed the border ruffians under Capt. Pate, editor of the Border Slar, of Westport, Mo. It was his recollection that some twenty-five or thirty were captured at that time and taken into Lawrence. Brown' force consisted of sixteen. The next engagement Mr. Flandfrs took part in was down on the l;ne between Kansas and Mis souri. John Broscn was not there however. The irregular forces were under the com mind of Charley Leahart. Col. Richie: D el a lieutenant in .my regiment. He Slid he was afterward in Gen. Lane's command engaged in various services and affairs along the border. Mr. Moffet: Did you hear anything about Fred Brown cutting off the enemy's communications at Black Jack ? Mr. Fianders: No, I didn't hear of it, that I remember of now. I first understood that Brown himself went down to PateN tent and gave him so long to surrender five minutes I believe it was. Pate said he wouldn't do anv such thing. If he (Brown) wouldn't leave there in the same time he would blow him and his party to helL Brown came back and aked what we thought "Those men," he said, "say they are going to blow us all to helL" One of the men named Rowe said: ''Let them blow and be d d." Brown -said there was going to be a desperate fight, and he asked if any man wanted to go back who would stay? Every man put up his hand. This man Rowe was the first man that fired. He got impatient and asked if we might not as well commence. Mr. Moffett: John Brown told me that Fxcd was perfectly crzy in that fight. He had a horse and he rode clear aronni Pate's force, cutting the air in every direction with his nabr. Then he cxme up and cried: "Go in father, we have got them now. I have cut off all communication?." Mr. Luke F. Parsm3. who bosinefs cn gtgements wouid not permit him to attend the meeting, sent the following: KB. PABSOSs' PAPER. Salisa, Kan October 19. Greetim to my dear eld friend : I regret sincerely my inability to meet with you to-day, bat I will be with you in thought and sympathy; my heart wiil be in unison with any action you may take in organizing a Kansas John Brown association. I hope to be able to attend all future meeting?, and I will cheer- i .siivij ca tie is w ... Pieasa allow me brufy- u zxxU my c-:a nection with John Brown, is I understand - the object to be to revive and put on record recollections of events, etc At daylight on the morning oi the 3d cf June, 1856, Major Ho'it and I galloped to Black Jack, where I tendered my services to Capt Brown and was immediatelj put" on guard, and was the poet sentinel who challenged Col. Sumner when he came to release the1 prisoners. Again, some time in. the latter part of August, I met John Brown- !n T . wronro w Vi or V a. fvl A a V a. V . rl mm- to get help to defend Osawattomie. I told' htm to try the Stubbs (which was a Lawrence Sharp's rifle company to which I belonged). He told me he had, but they would not leave Lawrence. I told - him I -would get my rifle and go with him. He said he would surely show me how to Eht, if the rascals would give him a chance. . When 1 went for my gun, Lieut Cutler asked what I was going to do. I told him and he said, "The guns belong to the company and shall not be taken away." Brown borrowed a sharp's rifle of Capt. Harvey forme, and I went with him to his camp near-Oawatomie. . August 30th we were campad cne-half mile east of town at a Mr. Crane's place. While we were cooking breakfast, before fcucrise, a man dashed into camp saying the border ruffians were coming from the west, that they had just killed Fred Brown and. Garrison near Mr. Adair. Brown started right off and said, "Men, come on." He did not say go. I started with him and it was some time before any others overtook us. While we were Lurrying on by ourselves. Brown said, "Parsons, were you ever under fire 7" I re plied, "No, but I will obey orders.. Tell me what you want me to do." He sail, ."Take, tacra care) to epd life well than to live- When we reached the block-house, he" motioned to several to go in, myself with the rest He said to me, ''Hold your position as long as possible and hurt them all you can, while we will go into the timber and annoy them from that 6ide." I fastened the door with a large large bar', and though all secure. vSoon the firing commenced up the creek where Brown had gone. There was a second floor in the house and part of the boys had gone up there. While we all selected our porthole, Brown had drawn their attention so we were no! molested. After some twenty minutes or so some one on the second fl Kr called out; "They have cannon and will blow us all to pieces in here. I am going to get out of this." I said, "No, you must stay." Old man Austin said: "Stay here and let them Virv WO tS OkUKA UCbV a VlUUi I went up stairs to get a better view of the euemy, and before I knew it the door was opened and most of the men gone. I don't know even where they went Austin' and I, and I think two others, four in allr went up the river in the timber and joined -Brown in the fight on his left. . Cline had gone before this. We had not been there long when we all fell back acrois the river. You know 'tis said that "he that fights and runs away may live to fight another day." Patridge was t hot while in the river. At this place the water was deep, and Isiid tq Austin, "I cannot swim with my gun and I wont throw it in the river," so we both raj down the river.' The bank was high so we-were mcst of the time out of sight I tan too fast for the old man, and he called to me' not to leave him, but as we approached the old saw mill the bank became lower, and we were Eeen by the ruffi-ns. Three cf them were after u aid I told Austin that as I could see the bottom I would cross. He replied: 'I won't run another inch," and dropped down behind a lafge log. I waded through, but the opposite bank was Eteep and high, and as I was clinging to brus't and scrambling up I Le ml the. words 'Halt! halt! halt!" in rapid succession, and immediately several guns were fired and the dirt torn np at my side. I was on the bank in a twinkle, and returned their salute as well as I could... Two were putting spurs to their horses the best they cou d; one horse bore an empty-saddle, and one man was kicking his last kick, and Austin j :mped up and came over to me. As we went up the river he told me that they did not see him, but passed rather . ia front of him and all shot at me and he. shot one in the back just at the moment he . shot at me. In an hour or so after this we got to- gether at a loz house on that side of the -river. Dr. Updegraff was then in the house . shot in the thigh. Brown was with him But before we got together the smoke of the burning town was seen." They burned ; twenty-nine houses. The next day we moved to the south side, , to a Mr. Hcuser'a, and commenced to fall limber around a place selected by Brown as poe sensing natural advantages for defense. We felled it top out and trimmed them with sharp points. Most of the men became sick with the tgue, and work was suspended. Soon after this I too was taken tick with fever and Brown hauled me to Lawrence. I was very sick. Brown asked me if he should take me Li ihe hospital. I told him I would rather go to Mrs. Killam's that was a boarding house where I had previously boarded if he wculd lake care of me. He went and aaw her and returned, say in?, "Mrs. Killam eavs, 'bring him here, I wluM do as much for Luke . Parsons as for my own son." Under her care I recovered so that I was again nnder Brown's command, shouldered my gun and marched out to meet the 2.600 who came up from Missouri. I have already, made my letter too long, . t t:v r in r t . it wf m. IUU1 X WUi AlOCCH IO KU aw-

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