The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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in Kentucky.  His forms and type were accordingly dragged through the streets of Newport, and a considerable portion of them flung by a mob (of “gentlemen”) into the Ohio River.  A few extracts from his own letters will pretty fully explain both his past and present position.  The subscription list on his behalf is still open, and any further assistance for this heroic man and his noble-hearted family will be very gratefully received and forwarded.

        “NEWPORT, KENTUCKY, Nov. 19th, 1859.

“From my letter of the 7th inst. you will have learned the sad intelligence that my printing-office has been destroyed by a brutal mob of Pro-Slavery men.  Through the money I received from you and other friends in this country I was moving the cause of freedom in all parts of Kentucky.  The people seemed to grasp our platform with eagerness, and the slaveholders became alarmed to see their wish to read and discuss its simple truths.  Hence they plotted together to devise a stratagem by which they could destroy The Free South, and in the meantime the Harper’s Ferry difficulty, by Mr. Brown, was seized upon to excite the people against me, and the most extravagant lies were told about me, as trying to excite slaves to rebellion; intending to seize the United States barracks at this place, arm the negroes, and commence war upon slave-holders.  All these lies were told as profound secrets to the people by the tools of the slave-power.  But these lies have already exploded, and the people are resuming their common sense again.
“I tried your plan of non-resistance with all my power.  I pleaded with all the earnestness of my soul, and so did my wife and daughters, but though I am certain many were moved in conscience against the savage outrage, and did their work with a stinging heart, yet they felt that they must stick to their party, and complete the destruction.  Slavery, indeed, makes the most hardened savages the world ever knew.  The savage war-whoop of the Indian never equalled their dastardly cry of ’shoot him,’ ‘cut his throat,’ ‘stab him,’ and such like words most maliciously spoken.” * * “Slavery is the cause of this devilish spirit in men; but this outrage has gained me many friends, and will do much towards putting down Slavery in the state.  It will also add many thousand votes to the republican presidential candidate in 1860.  God grant it may work out a great good!” * * * * “I Want to get started again as soon as I possibly can.  As soon as I can raise 1,000 dollars, I can make a beginning, and soon after you will see The Free South again, and I trust a much handsomer sheet than it was before.”

        NEWPORT, January 6th, 1860.

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