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Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 22, 1875
News of the week

The Cuban volunteers, about whose bloodthirstiness so much was said a few years ago, are beginning to show their colors now that the old butcher Valmaseda is again at the head of affairs. 22 young men of Cuban birth, residents of Cienfuegoes [i.e. Cienfuegos], were recently arrested in their homes at that city by the volunteers, and without even the farce of a trial, were shot outside the walls. (Look up Valmaseda in the New York Times Archive online).

Subjects: Assassination, Births, Courts, Crime, Criminals, Government, Households, Latin America, Meat, Murder, Police, War / Weaponry

Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 30, 2006

Gazette & Courier - Monday, January 18, 1875
A Washington dispatch says that the President has received 4 letters threatening him with assassination if he does not withdraw the federal troops from New Orleans. Two of them came from Baltimore.

A Washington dispatch says that the President has received 4 letters threatening him with assassination if he does not withdraw the federal troops from New Orleans. Two of them came from Baltimore.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Government, Literature / Web Pages, Murder, Telegraphs / Telephones, War / Weaponry

Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 16, 2006

Gazette & Courier - Monday, January 11, 1875
The President and General Sheridan have been threatened to be assassinated by the The President and General Sheridan have been threatened to be assassinated by the White League Rebels of Louisiana.

Subjects: Assassination, Clubs, Crime, Criminals, Gangs, Government, War / Weaponry

Posted by stew - Fri, Dec 30, 2005

Gazette & Courier - Monday, January 4, 1875
A Hindoo funeral

A Hindoo funeral - a strange picture of Indian customs. The London Times of Nov. 14 prints the following extract from the letter of Lieut. C.E. Yate , Assistant Political Agent, Bombay Staff Corps, relative to the death of the http://www.artoflege.../library/dictionary/ Maharana of Oodeypoor [this is really Udaipur]: the Residency , http://www.blonnet.c...2002021800130300.htm Oodeypoor Rajpootana, Oct. 12, 1874. "I would have written before if I could have found time, but I have been in such a continual state of excitement lately that it was impossible.

I wrote to you last, just after my arrival from Erinpoora [i.e. http://perso.wanadoo...20043%20erinpura.htm Erinpura , a military station] on the 3rd, and forgot whether I mentioned to you that the Maharana [ Maharana SHAMBHU SINGH ] was dangerously ill. He had been so for some time, but I am sorry to say that just when everyone began to think there was a chance of his recovery, he had another attack, and died most suddenly two days ago.

On the 4th. Dr. Macdowall arrived here from Neemuch (80 miles off) to consult with Dr. Burr here about the Maharana, for they had hope of his ultimate recovery, though very slight one. On the 7th he was much better, but at 10 o’clock at night the doctors were sent for, as the Maharana was in great pain. They returned to us very shortly to say that it was all over, and that they had left him dying; another abscess had burst in the liver, and the shock had been too much. Col. Wright, the political agent here, and I at once buckled on our revolvers, and jumping into the carriage, drove off to the http://www.dreamzico...-palace-udaipur.html palace as hard as we could go. The Maharana had died just a minute or two before our arrival, without naming any successor.

He had no children of his own, and he had always refused to adopt, as is customary acording to Hindoo law. [He actually had adopted http://www.mewarindi...20Singh%20Award.html Sajjan Singh , who became the next Maharana]. He left two uncles, both of whom were at deadly enmity with each other, and we were afraid that there would be a row between them for the succession: however, luckily, everything went off quietly. Each of these uncles, I must tell you, had been accused of having bewitched the Maharana, and the row was just coming to a crisis when the latter died.

One uncle at the time, was living in a garden next to the Residency, where he had come for refuge and the protection of the political agent. Three days before his death, the Maharana was weighed against gold , he in one scale and gold mohurs in the other. This enormous sum, about a lac and a half (150,000 rupees) was to be distributed among the Brahmins; consequently the city was crammed full of these people, who had come from miles round to participate in the spoil.

I saw, myself, no less than 30,000 of them fed in the palace a few days ago, and after the feast was over a piece of gold to the value of between 3 and 4 rupees was given to each as they went out of the palace gates; that is how the numbers were ascertained. Well, to return to the subject, Col. Wright and I, after hearing of the Maharana’s death, went down again to the waiting hall below. We fould that all Col. Wright’s orders had been carried out. The http://openscroll.or...atch_tower-21-0.html Zenana doors were locked, and everything was comparatively quiet.

The entire government, of course, lapsed into Col. Wright’s hands, and he is at present the de facto of the country. The excitement, which was greatest first, gradually got less, and about 2 o’clock in the morning it was all pretty quiet. We lay down in our clothes and took a short nap, but neither of us had any sleep. I do not think the women of the Zenana got news of the Maharana’s death for some time, and did not show their grief until early morning. Just at dawn we were startled by a fearful wail from the Zenana , which contains, I am told, 500 women, so you can fancy what a row all these wailing together could make.

[Interesting to think that with 500 women in his http://www.alovelywo...e/htmgb/udaipug1.htm harem , the Maharana still died without an heir]. Their cry was taken up by all the people in the palace, and went on, I may say, almost without intermission for some three hours, till the body was carried off to the place of cremation . Troops of women came in from the city, all wailing and crying in chorus. These all passed into the Zenana to add their lamentations to those of the inmates, and as day broke the preparations for the funeral went on and the crowd began to get thicker and thicker.

At this time the women in the Zenana began to get most violent. The two wives and the favorite concubine of the Maharana made most determined efforts to break through the doors, and doubtless they would have succeeded in getting out had not Col. Wright taken the precaution of having them locked in in time. I had possession of the key all the time. They wanted to be allowed to commit suttee [also seen as sati ] and to be burnt along with the Maharana, and sent message after message to Col. Wright to be let out. Their efforts to get out were so determined that Col. Wright at last posted the two chief nobles of the State at the doors, and told them that he would hold them personally responsible that no one got out.

It is a rule here that if a woman gets out of the Zenana and shows her face, she is either obliged to become a suttee and be burned, or else to commit suicide. At last the Maharana’s mother sent a message to Col. Wright begging that as none of the others were allowed to become suttee, she might have permission to do so, as no Maharana of Oodeypoor had ever died alone, and it would be a disgrace if her son was to do so. All the time great preparations were going on for the funeral procession.

The noise was tremendous. In addition to the wailing of some 1000 women in the Zenana, all the men were howling and beating their breasts. They brought a lot of jewels on a tray to the Colonel, which were to be put upon the corpse: a pair of ear rings, a beautiful necklace, and an anklet were to be burnt with the body. The rest were to be brought back. The Colonel’s permission was also asked to take 5000 rupees out of the treasury for distribution along the road. About 9 o’clock in the morning a lot of Brahmins arrived and went up into the palace, and shortly after the body was brought back, dressed up in full court costume and bedecked with jewels. It was placed in a sort of sedan chair in a sitting position, covered with a canopy of crimson and gold, and thus borne on the shoulders of a lot of Brahmins.

The procession was formed and went off: first a guard of Rajpoots, then men carrying the 5000 rupees, then another guard, then some 20 or 30 torch bearers with lighted torches, then some men with lighted candles, then a whole crowd of Brahmins in the midst of which was the body borne aloft on their shoulders. Some of them sprinkled the body with rose leaves and flowers, others carried palm branches, two others, one on each side, waved long yac tails [i,e, yak?] about to keep off the flies, just as would have been done had the Maharana been alive; then came the emblem of Royalty, the Hindoo Sooruj or sun, the red umbrella, and other paraphernalia.

The wailing, as soon as the body was brought out in sight of the crowd was tremendous. The place of cremation where all the royal tombs are is a place some two miles outside of the city walls. The whole populace followed the body there, and as soon as the ceremony was over, every man was clean-shaved - beard, whiskers, mustache, and even the hair of the hand. All Rajpoots wear very long long, flowing whiskers, which they are in the habit of winding round their ears, and it must have been a great grief to many a man to cut them off. There is not a man in the country with any hair on his face, and it gives them the funniest appearance possible.

I did not know many of the officials when I first found them. It was all certainly a most extraordinary sight, and one that I may never see again. The Maharana of Oodeypoor is the head of all the Hindoos in India, the direct descendant of their great Rama, and traces his descent for more than 1500 years back. I forget the exact date at the present moment. After the procession had started the Zenana women became more quiet; one or two threatened to throw themselves from a high window, to the terror of some of the chief nobles, who begged the Colonel to pitch tents and awnings under the window to break their fall - a request the Colonel refused, of course, as it would only have tempted them to do it at once, whereas the hard stones did not look inviting".

On Oct. 14, Lieut. Yates writes: "Yesterday 8 of the principal sirdars, or nobles of the state, came to Col. Wright with a request from the Queen Mother that Sohung Sing, the uncle of the late Maharana, and others might be arrested and imprisoned in the palace dungeons, as he had killed the Maharana by witchcraft, incantations, etc. It seems hardly creditable that in the present day charges of that sort should be seriously brought forward, but it shows what queer people these Rajpoots are to deal with. The intention of the Queen Mother, if she could get Sohung Sing [also seen as Sohun Singh] and his confreres in the palace was to starve them to death before the expiry of the 12 days of mourning.

Had Col. Wright not been here on the spot, it is allowed by all that there would have been no end of bloodshed. All these men accused of witchcraft would have been killed, and several suttees would have taken place to a certainty; and in all probability there would have been a regular disturbance and free fight. As it was Pusma Sale, one of the men accused of witchcraft was atacked on the way to the funeral, and only just escaped with his life. Col. Wright had that morning let him out of prison, and I fancy the old mother, enraged at his escape from her claws, instigated the assassination.

The old lady starved herself for 4 days after her son’s death, but then came round, as she found it harder to die than she expected - a most unfortunate thing for the community at large. All the sirdars want now to be allowed to spend 7 lacs of rupees (70,000 pounds) in alms giving, etc., and proposed to give the rupees to every Brahmin, man, woman or child who will come to take them. They say that was the sum spent when the late Maharana’s predecessor died, and even more ought to be spent now to make up for the slur cast on the Maharana’s name by Col. Wright having prevented the performance of the sacred rite of suttee".

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Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 19, 2005

Gazette & Courier - Monday, December 28, 1874
The North German Gazette publishes these details about another plot against the life of The http://www.marxists....ia/marx/79_01_05.htm North German Gazette publishes these details about another plot against the life of Bismarck . In Sept. 1873 a French Archbishop received an anonymous letter, the author of which offered to kill Bismarck for $42,600. In the second letter the author enclosed a photograph and gave his name and address as follows: Duchesne Poncelot, Kuo Leopold, Serainga. The Archbishop communicated these letters to the French government, which informed Bismarck. Poncelot, who was found and identified as a workman, was watched. It was ascertained that he was preparing to go to Germany, but becoming aware of police surveillance, he relinquished his intention. The photograph enclosed to the Archbishop was not of Poncelot but of a fellow workman, a supposed confederate.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Economics, French, Germans, Government, Literature / Web Pages, Murder, Names, Photographs, Police, Religion, Work

Posted by stew - Sat, Mar 19, 2005

Gazette & Courier - Monday, November 23, 1874
(Shelburne Falls) Wed. eve. a tramp went into (Shelburne Falls) Wed. eve. a tramp went into Louis Thieme 's tonsorial saloon and stole two good razors. He has probably gone to shave the escaped convict Dickinson, as our Constable can't find him.

Subjects: Assassination, Barber / Hair, Business Enterprises, Crime, Criminals, Northfield (MA), Police, Prisons, Robbers and Outlaws, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA), Tramps, Words

Posted by stew - Thu, Mar 3, 2005

Gazette & Courier - Monday, November 23, 1874
The ghost of Madame Suratt deposited the following in a Tennessee ballot box: "I vote against Andrew Johnson for the United States Senate for the rea

The ghost of Madame Suratt deposited the following in a Tennessee ballot box: "I vote against Andrew Johnson for the United States Senate for the reason I believe him to be the source of all our dissension since the war and supremely selfish".

Subjects: Assassination, Elections, Government, Politics, Spiritualism, War / Weaponry, Women

Posted by stew - Sun, Jan 9, 2005

Gazette & Courier - Monday, November 2, 1874
The trial of Kullman for an attempt to assassinate Prince Bismarck ended Fri. in the conviction of the prisoner and his sentence to 14 years'

The trial of Kullman for an attempt to assassinate Prince Bismarck ended Fri. in the conviction of the prisoner and his sentence to 14 years' imprisonment in the house of correction, ten years' suspension of his civil rights, and political surveillance.

Subjects: Assassination, Connecticut, Crime, Criminals, Germans, Law and Lawyers, Politics, Prisons, Royalty

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 26, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, October 12, 1874
The assassin of the acting consul of Germany at The assassin of the acting consul of Germany at http://www.baxleysta...3_street_hok-1.shtml Hakodadi has been sentenced to death, and the mikado has expressed to Herr von Brandt, the German minister, his personal griefs at the occurrence. The minister in turn has informed the government that, while he does not press any money compensation, he demands an imperial decree of forbidding the wearing of swords within certain distance of the foreign settlements.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Criminals, Economics, Greenfield (MA), Japanese, Law and Lawyers, Royalty

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 26, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 21, 1874
An abortive attempt has been made to assassinate the Emperor of Peru.[I believe this must be Manuel Pardo, who was President of Peru at this

An abortive attempt has been made to assassinate the Emperor of Peru.[I believe this must be Manuel Pardo , who was President of Peru at this time, and was eventually assassinated in 1876].

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Government, Latin America, Royalty

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 26, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, October 19, 1874

Japan - The enclosed letter is from http://ilc2.doshisha...ha/letter/9-4-79.htm Rev. J.D. Davis [also seen as Jerome D. Davis], one of our foreign missionaries in Japan. He was a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary in 1869. The letter was a class letter, went about to the different members of his class - Kobe, Japan, March 18, 1874. There is so much printed about Japan now a days, and so much that may be said, that one hardly knows where to begin or what to write. I shall say the little that I can say with my pen, under the hands of the state of the country, the general work, and our work as a mission. We have in Japan, according to the report of census taken in 1872, 33,110,825 souls. Of these, about 2,000,000 belong to the http://www.users.big...aggro/JapModern.html Samurai class , anciently wearing two swords, and forming the retainers and standing army of nearly 70 feudal lords, who were the real rulers of the empire, for until 3 years ago, the country was a Feudal Confederation with a nominal head called Shogun (Tycoon), to whom each of the feudal lords gave a nominal submission, and for whose support each year gave a present. Such was the state of the country 8 years ago, when the question of expelling the foreigners from Japan was finally decided, and with the decision of this question came the overthrow of the Tycoon, and the taking of the Mikado (descended from the gods, and the spiritual ruler of the Empire) from his prison palace, and the placing of him on a real throne, as the head of the nation. These changes were not affected without bloodshed. For about two years the warriors of the Empire were about equally divided, half fighting for the Tycoon and the expulsion of the foreigners, and half for the Mikado and the opening of the country. The Mikado's forces triumphed, but triumphed knowing that a very large party throughout the Empire were dissatisfied. This was 8 years ago, and then 2 years ago another change came, greater than the first, and yet a bloodless one. The old feudal lords, most of them voluntarily, and the rest by moral compulsion, gave up their power, provinces, castles, and 9/10 of their revenue, left their people, took up their abode in Yedo, and became the subjects of the Mikado. This change, greater, more rapid, and more peaceful than the annals of past history can furnish, probably did little to allay the disaffected class in the Empire. Mutterings, riots, and small insurrections have been frequent, and the new government felt its weakness, and wondered that it could not fully know either its strength or its weakness. It has for two years tremblingly held the reins of the newly harnessed and untamed steed, has at least kept it from dashing everything to pieces. This large Samurai class, numbering about 2,000,000, are the hardest to manage. They are the educated class in Japan, the only one trained to the use of arms, and they are fitted to be the leaders of the lower and ignorant classes. But they suddenly awake to find their old employment and position forever gone. They have nothing to do, and nothing to look forward to, only as they enter the channels of business. This some of them are doing. This large class have for hundreds of years received a revenue from the lower classes, a revenue which in their present condition is hardly enough for their support, and yet large enough to be a great burden on the taxpayers. Both sides are dissatisfied, the tax payers and the tax receivers, and then, the government needs this revenue or a part of it gradually turned into its own coffers. From all this came the demand on the part of the representatives of these dissatisfied Samurai, in October last (1873) that war be declared against Corea [i.e. Korea], "to furnish something for idle hands to do", a demand which was refused, and followed by the resignation of 1/3 of the Cabinet. Then came an overture on the part of the government to the Samure, offering to pay to those who desired it, 6 years allowance at once, thus furnishing them some capital to go into trade, with the understanding that to those who chose this 6 years advance pay, no further allowance should ever be paid. This overture was received in some provinces with great dissatisfaction, and especially in the western provinces, on the islands of Kinshu. Many of the Samurai thought that they saw in this order the doom of their revenues, and for this and the Corea affair, they made insurrection at once. All Japan was moved more or less. An attempt was made just before this, to assassinate Quakma in Yedo. The capital was in trepidation. It was reported that the whole of the western provinces were preparing to revolt, and a large body of Samurai collected in one of the provinces near Nagasaki, captured the governor's castle, destroyed the telegraph, stopped the mail messengers, etc. When these reports first reached Yedo, Shimadzu Sabura, the old prince of Satsuma, the most important of the western provinces, the man who a few years ago was at the head of the party in favor of expelling the foreigners, and who, some years ago, near Yedo, ordered his retainers to cut down two Englishmen whom he met on the road, but who has just accepted a position as priory council to the Mikado. This old prince asked permission to be sent to his old province to pacify the people, and he was sent, although many mistrusted his honesty so much that they expected to hear of his joining the rebels. But he was honest, and the government quickly and decidedly crushed the rebellion, nipped it in the bud, executing the leaders, and almost astounded itself with this illustration of its power. I have given this long stretch of history that you may realize why the revision of the treaties hangs fire, why the country is not all opened, why religious toleration is not more fully and freely proclaimed, and why the edicts against Christianity were taken down in the way they were. I quote below a letter written in Nov. last, by Mr. Delong, last U.S. Minister to Japan. "Relative to the repeal of the edicts against Christianity, or their supposed repeal, the truth is this - the edicts were taken down and removed from public observation by order of the government, but were not repealed. On the contrary when they were removed, officers of the government, detailed for this express purpose, called on the Japanese residents, and warned them that although the edicts had been taken down, they still remained in force, and must be obeyed as laws. When this action came to my knowledge, I taxed one of the Assistants of Foreign Affairs with bad taste. He in reply, entreated me not to consider it, at the time saying, "The liberal party in Japan is yet in its infancy, but I assure you it is increasing rapidly. We have been able to secure two triumphs, one the return of the exiled Christian converts, the other, the removal of these edicts". These matters he assured me, had been obtained mainly upon the strength of advices received from one of the foreign embassadors, Governor Ito, who in a communication addressed to his government written from Europe, had advised them that wherever he went he was met by the strongest appeals in behalf of those exiles, and for religious toleration; and he felt assured that unless his government acceded to the first request and evinced a disposition to be somewhat liberal in regard to the other matter, that it might look in vain for friendly concessions on the part of foreign powers in treaty with Japan. He further assured me of the disposition of his party and of himself to go much further at once, but that it was deemed unsafe to do so as yet, as undue haste might ruin all". Mr. DeLong continues: "Less than 4 years ago, the Japanese government met the foreign representatives in council on the question of sparing the Catholic convents at Ura Kimi from the persecutions there being inflicted upon them. The chief of that council was Saryo, the present prime minister. The second officer in rank was Owakura. That council met all our protestations, with bold assurances of determination to pursue the policy announced by the government, and Owakura went so far as to say that the government was based upon the ideas taught by the Shintoo, Buddhist priesthood, that the Mikado was of divine origin. This theory he said the Christian teachings dispelled, hence its propagation was calculated to undermine the throne, and therefore it was resolved to resist the propagation of that faith, as they would resist the advance of an invading army". I have quoted from Mr. DeLong thus fully, to show the mighty opposition there was to overcome, and there should be added to this the fact that this people have been taught for 250 years that Christianity was the vilest, most wretched thing on earth, and that the thought of it was a crime. Now this Saryo as Prime Minister, signs the decree restoring all the Catholic exiles in Japan to their liberties, and Owakura, as elder of the embassy, permits a communication to be sent from his corps recommending this action. More than this, to quote again, Mr. DeLong says: "The foreign representatives have been assured by this ministry that Japanese subjects shall no longer be persecuted for professing Christianity".,,In regard to the work in general, I can say that the past year has been one of progress. The year has doubled our own mission force, and that of the whole mission force in Japan. There are now 39 clergymen, and 3 missionary physicians in Japan. A little more than one to a million of people. We ought to have enough to put a station of 3 families in the center of each million of people. The work of translating the Bible is going forward, although we have as yet only the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John printed in Japanese. The native church of Yokohama numbers 70 members, and one has been organized in the capital, http://justus.anglic.../asia/japan1891.html Yedo , which now has over 20 members. The cause of union here has received a blow, from the refusal of the Reformed (Dutch) and Presbyterian churches to sanction such action, but the two churches already formed are on this basis, and all the members refuse to be swerved from it...To have all the denominational names untranslated, call the churches only churches of Christ, to have the creeds and governments simples and similar and have all feel that they are one family uniting together in council and communion. Of our own work I may say that the last 7 months has brought us great and looked for changes. For 6 months the large rooms on Main Street in the native town have been crowded nearly every Sabbath, to hear Mr. Greene preach in Japanese. We are hoping that as many as 10 are Christians, and we have a weekly prayer meeting for Japanese. For the beginning of the work in Sanda, see the Missionary Herald for 1874. This interest goes on there. I went over there every Sat. until the first of January, and now go once in 2 weeks, and I never enjoyed preaching at home, as I do telling these eager souls of Christ for the first time. We have a little simple story of the Cross printed, which calls attention to our work, and the place where the truth is preached, and the Bible sold, as well as giving enough of truth in itself to lead to Christ. We are sending these into the interior, and some came from a distance inquiring us out, to know more of the truth. In Osaka also, a new interest has recently sprung up, and some of the leading physicians of the city are rejoicing in Christ, and both there and in Kobe we are now making arrangements to organize churches, in which to gather the first fruits of our work in Japan. We have 3 young lady teachers, two in Kobe, and one in Osaka. We have a flourishing girl's school of 25 members in Kobe, some of whom are much interested in the truth. Also a boy's school, and we have a class started, to be trained to preach the gospel. We wish that we had been here 5 years, and that we had 3 times the number preparing for this work. We need your prayers. We are a little vidette post, thrown out here from 6000 to 9000 miles beyond the main army. We look to be supported with prayers and reinforcements from the main army. Sincerely your brother in Christ, J.D. Davis.

Subjects: Assassination, Business Enterprises, Children, Crime, Criminals, Economics, Education, Emigration and Immigration, English (and England), Executions and Executioners, Family, Fires, Food, Government, History, Horses, Ice, Law and Lawyers, Literature / Web Pages, Mail, Medical Personnel, Murder, Names, Politics, Prisons, Religion, Rich People, Riots, Roads, Royalty, Sales, Telegraphs / Telephones, Vendors and Purchasers, Vital Statistics, War / Weaponry, Women, Work, Europe

Posted by stew - Fri, Nov 5, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 22, 1872
An attempt was made to assassinate the King and Queen of Spain [There was an elective monarchy established in 1869 after a Revolution. Amadeo of Savoy was elected in 1870, and abdicated in 1873]. The

An attempt was made to assassinate the King and Queen of Spain [There was an elective monarchy established in 1869 after a Revolution. Amadeo of Savoy was elected in 1870, and abdicated in 1873]. They were returning from the Palace Carden to the Palace in their carriage, when 5 men fired upon them. One of the would be murderers was shot dead by an attendant, and two others were captured.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Criminals, Murder, Royalty, Transportation, Europe

Posted by stew - Thu, Oct 21, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 7, 1874
Outrages in the south

Outrages in the south - There have been received at Washington several well authenticated cases of outrages upon the negroes in the Southern States. One of these, of which there is official confirmation, is the deliberate murder of a colored mail messenger. This murder was committed by a gang of Ku Klux, who stopped the railroad train on the Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad near York station, by false signals of danger, and then shot down the colored government officer while at his duty. Another outrage equally authentic was performed in Lee County, Alabama. A band of Ku Klux fired into a colored church without provocation and killed 4 colored persons. Congressman Hayes of Alabama, who is now here, states that he is also in danger of his life in Sumpter County, the strongest Republican county in the State; that his district, which has hitherto returned him by 10,000 majority, would now cast only white votes, as the black voters are so intimidated that they would not go to the polls. Mr. Sloss, an employee of the House of Representatives, who is speaking in Alabama, has just been warned by a band of Ku Klux, who entered his bedroom with cocked pistols, to leave the country. Representative Pelham of Alabama had fled from one of the counties in his own district for his life. The Chairman of the State Republican Committee of Texas, who is here, states that since the inauguration of Gov. Coke in that State there has been 600 political murders. Mayor Stephens of Desoto parish La., who arrived at Shreveport Tues., furnishes the following account of the recent troubles in Red River parish, which resulted in the inhuman butchery of the Coushatta prisoners , on Sun. It seems that in the Red River parish, where the negroes are largely in excess of the whites, much apprehension and alarm has been felt by the latter on account of a threatened outbreak of the negroes, instigated as it was generally believed, by Edgerton, Dewees, Twitchell, Howell, Willis, Holland and others. The lives of several white residents had been threatened by the negroes, and a few days ago, Mr. Williams of http://ftp.rootsweb....history/redrivht.txt Red River parish , was threatened with assassination by two notorious and desperate negroes near Brownsville; he having been fired at by them with double-barreled shotguns. Last Thurs. night a small party of white men went to the cabins of these negroes, with a view of aresting and lodging them in jail, when they were fired upon and one killed. The negroes then attempted to run into the woods, when they were both shot and killed. The next day (Friday) a large body of armed negroes, numbering between 300 and 400, assembled near Brownsville, swearing vengeance against the white race, and declaring that they would not leeve a white man, woman or child alive in the parish. This created great apprehension and excitement at Coushatta and throughout the surrounding country, and Fri. night, the roads leading into town were picketed. During the night, two young men named Dickson and Pickens halted a negro coming into town with a sack of buckshot, but he paid no attention to their command to halt, and ran off into the darkness, being fired at by one of the party without success. They immediately went into town to report what had occurred, and were returning to their post when they were accosted in the streets of Coushatta by http://www.rootsweb..../coushatta_times.htm Homer Twitchell and two negroes named Andrew Bosley and Bob Smith, all of whom were armed. They had a few moments' conversation, not of a violent nature, and had turned round to proceed to their posts, when they were fired upon twice by the Twitchell party from the rear without warning. Dickson was dangerously wounded, and now lies in a very critical condition. The firing party then ran off, Bosley and Smith escaping altogether, and Twitchell for the time being. That night and the next morning F.S. Edgerton , http://ftp.rootsweb....ita/obits/ot1874.txt Homer I. Twitchell , R.A. Dewees, W.F. Howell, C. Holland and M.C. Willis, all white, besides a number of negroes, were arrested and placed under guard. All of the party who held office then voluntarily tendered and wrote out resignations and they, with others, voluntarily proposed that, if a guard be furnished them to Shreveport, they would leave the State and return no more. This was at once assented to, and the prisoners requested John Carr, a reliable and trustworthy citien, to take charge of the guard for their protection. On Sun. morning at 10 o'clock Mr. Carr, with a guard of 16 men, started with the above named prisoners, except the negroes released afterward. A party of between 40 and 50, supposed to be Texans, who came to Coushatta, started in pursuit with the avowed purpose of lynching the prisoners. Later in the day, Carr was apprised of this fact, and put his horse and those of the prisoners to the top of their speed to avoid being overtaken. While nearing Hutchinson's plantation on the Red River, some 30 miles below Shreveport, with a view of crossing there and destroying the flat boat to prevent further pursuit, he was overtaken by the pursuing party, the guards were overpowerd and the prisoners taken away from him. Three of them, Edgerton, Twitchell and Dewees were shot on the spot, and the other three, Howell, Holland and Wilis, carried back a short distance to near Ward's store, and there shot. The citizens of the neighborhood assembled Mon. night, and buried the parties killed, the first three in a graveyard near Hutchinson's plantation, and the last three on the spot whee they were killed near Ward's store. The St. Louis Republican learns from gentlemen just arrived from Galveston Texas that on Fri., Agu. 28, at Corsicana in that State, the wife of a negro living three miles from town was grossly insulted by a white desperado. The husband went to Corsicana and made a complaint against the offender before a Justice of the Peace. In attempting to arrest the desperado, the negro husband and two others were shot. Some 300 negroes then armed themselves with the intention of capturing the white man who, with 5 or 6 companions took possession of a cabin in the suburbs of the town, and barricaded it and determined to resist arrest. When the informant left, the whites were counseling the negroes not to besiege the cabin, as its occupants were well armed and would kill many of the besiegers. The colored citzens of Boston held a meeting Wed. eve. to "give expression to their indignation at the recent outrages upon the black and white citizens of the South". Speeches were made by William Wells Brown , http://www.masshist....icipation/judges.htm George L. Ruffin , Joshua B. Smith , E.G. Walker and others. They believed that there had been shown altogether too much leniency to ex rebels, and that the old slave holding power was still struggling for the supremacy. Resolutions were passed calling upon the President to take prompt measures for the suppression of the present state of affairs, and if he had not the power to do that, to convene an extra session of Congress. President Grant has caused troops to be stationed within call of the localities where the recent troubles have occurred in the south, in order to protect both white and colored citizens wherever the local authorities are powerless. Gov. Kellogg has issued a proclamation reciting the recent murders and offering a reward of $5000 per head for the perpetrators. Senator West of Louisiana states that there have been a hundred political murders in the South within 3 weeks.

Subjects: African-Americans / Blacks, Assassination, Boston (MA), Cemeteries, Charlemont (MA), Children, Clubs, Courts, Crime, Criminals, Economics, Government, Horses, Households, Literature / Web Pages, Mail, Murder, Police, Prisons, Racism, Rape, Religion, Riots, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Roads

Posted by stew - Sun, Aug 29, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 14, 1874
An attempt was made at Huntsville Alabama, on the night of the 3rd, to assassinate United States Marshal Thomas as he and another gentleman were returning from the political meeting. The assassin who

An attempt was made at Huntsville Alabama, on the night of the 3rd, to assassinate United States Marshal Thomas as he and another gentleman were returning from the political meeting. The assassin who was concealed in the bushes by the roadside, shot at him as he passed, but owing to the darkness missed his aim. No cause was assigned for the cowardly act, except the active part Marshal Thomas has taken in this political campaign.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Criminals, Government, Police, Politics, Roads, Trees

Posted by stew - Sun, Jul 11, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, December 19, 1870
Part I

Part I - Wanted - 10 or 12 invalids to treat the present winter. Those who wish to economize should avail themselves of this opportunity, as our terms to those who come to stay some time will be about one half the usual charge of the summer season. Some of our best cures are effected in the winter season. Please read the following circular. Mount Mineral Springs , near Lock's Village, Franklin County, Mass. Charles A. Perry , Proprietor...It is claimed for these springs, that every disease arising from impurity of the blood - and this comprises almost every ailment of which human flesh is subject to - can be cured by the drinking and bathing in the waters. The first case of importance tested here was of a Scrofulous character. The most loathsome Scrofulous cases, after trying the celebrated waters of all countries in vain, were cured here - years enough having elapsed to show the permanency of the cure. These comprise all the various descriptions of Scrofulous humor, Cancer, Salt Rheum , etc. In Kidney complaints, there has been no failure to cure, and in that terribly distressing ailment known as http://www.harcourt....1/5/1/2/1512400.html>Bright's Disease , which is becoming so common, the only case which has come under the treatment of these waters, has yielded to their efficacy. In all cases of Poison, whether inwardly or on the surface, of mineral or vegetable origin, the cure has speedily been effected. Lead poison from paint, and poison from mercury, arsenic or strychnine, of long standing, have been completely eradicated from the system. Some of these poisons have been produced from compounds of so called Mineral Waters, whose only peculiarities were from the poisonous qualities imparted to them. In other cases, applications of Arsenic or other poisons were made to kill the appearance of humors on the surface, but only added to their disasterous [i.e. disastrous] effects. One of the cures effected was a case of the well known poisoning at the National Hotel, Washington [this was an assassination attempt of President James Buchanan, where arsenic was sprinkled in the sugar bowls , and 38 people died], which was the cause of many deaths. In cases of asthma, gout, diseases of the bone caused by surgical operations, cures have been effective. Two cases of children during the last season, have been saved, the amputation of a leg believe to be necessary by the surgeons, the difficulties brought on by the treatment of abscesses by the knife, which would have been safely and painlessly cured by these waters in the first instance.

Subjects: Amusements, Assassination, Beverages, Charlemont (MA), Children, Diseases, Food, Government, Hotels, Medical Personnel, Medicine / Hospitals, Poisoning, Shutesbury (MA), Trains, Vacations, Wendell (MA), Women

Posted by stew - Fri, May 28, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 7, 1874
Austrians say that the reason Kullman fired at Bismarck's face is that the Prince is known to wear a shirt of mail on

Austrians say that the reason http://dwardmac.pitz.../critics/deleon.html Kullman fired at Bismarck's face is that the Prince is known to wear a shirt of mail on his body, without which, indeed, he would have been killed by young Blind. Some German workmen have written to Bismarck that for every bullet shot at him which misses him, they will kill a Roman Catholic bishop; for every one that hits him, two bishops; while if he is killed they will kill the Pope [Kullman was a Catholic].

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Criminals, Fashion, Germans, Literature / Web Pages, Murder, Religion, Royalty, Work, Clothing

Posted by stew - Mon, May 10, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 31, 1874
Boston Corbett, the man who shot J. Wilkes Booth, is keeping a hat store in Philadelphia. Boston Corbett , the man who shot J. Wilkes Booth, is keeping a hat store in Philadelphia.

Subjects: Assassination, Fashion, Police, Stores, Retail, Work

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 24, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 20, 1874
Prince Bismarck [ Prince Bismarck [ Otto von Bismarck ] has had the honor, seldom enjoyed by any but crowned heads, of having two attempts made on his life. Young Blind [ Ferdinand Cohen-Blind , also seen as Julius Cohen-Blind ]] gave him the benefit of four pistol balls, only one of which slightly wounded the statesman, in May 1866, and now a Magdeburg cooper has failed at Kisingen [i.e. Kissingen] in a somewhat less determined attempt on his life. It was to the fury of German radicalism that Prince Bismarck was to be offered a sacrifice in 1866; it is from the fanatical hate of Roman Catholicism that the promptings to his assassination have come in 1874, Bismarck on the eve of the war with Austria , and Bismarck on the eve of the decisive struggle against the Papacy, present two historical figures which will be all the better remembered because of the pistol bullets that passed by them.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Criminals, Germans, Politics, Religion, Royalty, War / Weaponry, Work

Posted by stew - Tue, Feb 3, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 22, 1874
Corbett [Thomas Corbett, who had "Mad Hatter's Disease"], who captured Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, and got $12,000 from a grateful coun

Corbett [ Thomas Corbett , who had "Mad Hatter's Disease"], who captured Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, and got $12,000 from a grateful country, is admitted to the practice of law in Illinois. He lost his reward by investing it in a defective mortgage.

Subjects: Assassination, Diseases, Economics, Government, Law and Lawyers

Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 19, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 8, 1874
An attempt was made to assassinate the prince of An attempt was made to assassinate the prince of http://reference.all...edia/S/SaxeWeim.html Saxe Weimar Mon. aft., as he was leaving his residence to attend a levee, by some unknown person who fired at him and then escaped. The Prince was not hurt. He had previously received threatening letters, as had also the duke of Cambridge and Mr. Disraeli.

Subjects: Assassination, Crime, Criminals, English (and England), Germans, Government, Households, Parties, Royalty

Posted by stew - Fri, Jan 2, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 25, 1874
Yieto [actually Eto Shimpei], the leader of the Yieto [actually Eto Shimpei ], the leader of the http://reference.all...y/japan/japan37.html Saga Rebellion has been decapitated and his head exposed to the public gaze.

Subjects: Assassination, Japanese, War / Weaponry

Posted by stew - Fri, Jan 2, 2004

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 25, 1874
Count Schouvaloff announces that all the exiled Poles, except 2 or 3 known assassins, may return to their native country.

http://www.picturehi...ind/p/7791/mcms.html Count Schouvaloff announces that all the exiled Poles, except 2 or 3 known assassins, may return to their native country.

Subjects: Assassination, Emigration and Immigration, Polish, Royalty, Russia

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 7, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 27, 1874
(Shelburne Falls) One patriotic German was the only man to remember and properly observe the 9th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln.

(Shelburne Falls) One patriotic German was the only man to remember and properly observe the 9th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln.

Subjects: Assassination, Germans, Government, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA)

Posted by stew - Sun, Nov 23, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 6, 1874
Robert B. Elliott,one of the colored Congressmen< Robert B. Elliott ,one of the colored Congressmen from South Carolina, will deliver the address at a Sumner memorial meeting which the colored citizens of Boston will hold in Fanouil Hall the 14th, the anniversary of the death of President Lincoln. http://elections.har.../overview-1872-1.htm Senator Schurz 's eulogy upon Senator Sumner will be delivered about the last of the month.

Subjects: African-Americans / Blacks, Assassination, Boston (MA), Government, Mourning Customs

Posted by stew - Fri, Nov 21, 2003

Gazette & Courier - Monday, March 2, 1874
(Shelburne Falls) Hon. (Shelburne Falls) Hon. A.B. Meacham will deliver a lecture on the Modoc War and Assassination of http://en2.wikipedia...George_Bulwer-Lytton Gen. Canby and Dr. Timmas, at the M.E. church Fri. eve. Much information that can be obtained from no other source. He has a happy faculty of speaking; his descriptions are graphic and his whole manner thrilling. No one can afford to miss hearing him.

Subjects: Amusements, Assassination, Murder, Native Americans, Religion, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA), War / Weaponry

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