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VOL. III. THIRD SERIES.
PUBLISHED WEEKLY BT
Jj J. BfiUNEK,
Editor and Proprietor.
0k Tea. payable
a advance. .'. ..$2.50
5 Copies' to one address
House of Repkkskntatives. The.
anosrt.onmcnt of this body at prescribed
Lv the Lcr tuiare is ai iouows
j Boaufert, 1,
Bert is, 1,1
Chatham, 2, r
Chowan, 1, !
ciy, if :
Davit, 1, -Duplin,
Forty tha, 1, j
Greene, 1, ;, -Guilford,
11?', I, -Iredell,
11 aeon, lf
Naw Hanover, 3
- "t -
Polk, 1, J41
i Warren, 2,
Urslisui is not entitled to a Uenrcs
tatirt; ranijico votes wi.b Dtaufor!
Mesaber of the House.
, Sexatorul Dihticth! The jfol
ing ara I tho 8natorial Distrids
passed by tbo Lecis'laturi :
lit District. Currituck, Camden. Va
quotank, Hertford, (jatea, Chowan, I'er-
quinjans 2. j ' j
, 2ud. Tyrrell, Washington, Martin, Dare
lieauforf, I'Amlico and Hydt 2. j
3rd. Northampton aud Uertie il.
5th. Kdgccombe-rl. I
Gth, Pitt-l-l. I
7Wi. Wilson, Nash and FrankUn-r42.
9th. Janes, Onsluw and Cartaret I.
JOth. W ay ac and Duplin 2.
v 11 ih. Junior and Grene 1.
IJtb. Nw Hanover 1.
13th. Hrunswiek knd lUaden- 1.
. 14th. Sampson J.
13th. Columbus aud Robeson il.
16th. Cumberland aud Harnett.
17th. Johnston 1.
18th. Wake 1. i
20th. Person, Caswell and Oranre-2
m . I Ml i. !
. m. uranvuie l.
22nd. Chatham-. ,
23rd. Rockingham L
24th. Alamanct And Guilford 2
25th. Randolph and Moore 1.
:iiu. Uicumond and Montgomery! 1.
ia. Anson and Uujwii 1.
28lh. Cabarrus and Stauly 1.
29tb. Metklenburg 1.
30th. Ro wan and Davie 1.
32nd. Stockes and Forty tha- 1
33rd Surry and Yadkin -1-
34th. Iredell. Wilkes an4 Al.n1
35th. Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga, 1
3th. Catkwbaand Lincoln, 1.
38th. Gaston andCleavland, 1.
3th. Rutherford and Plk, 1.
40lh. Buncombe and Madison, 1.
fin. Haywood, Henderson audi
sylvania, 1 1
iUi, Jackson, SWain, Macoa, CI
kte,Clay and Graham, i. I
0W, ,'r lL "Monal Distric s as
l, , V fn ct of the General Asiem-
-'7 . !' .
ill. Lurrltuek, Camden, Pasquotank,
I srauimans,. GatcsJ Chowan, Hertford,
Hyde, Beaufort, Pitt, Pamlico, Birtie,
Martin, Wathingtoni Tyrrill and Dale.
2d. Edgicombe, Wilsoa, (Jrean, Way
ne, Lane lr, Jones, Cravtn, Northampton,
Warren and Halifax! f
sa, unslow, Uuphn, Sampson, Har
nett, Cumberland, j Bladen, Columbus,
llraqiwick,' New Hanover, Carteret and
Mooro. h if , f'v I
4th. Jobnston, Wakd, Chatham, Orinee
Graaynie,Fraukliukrid Naib. I
vtn. Uandolou. Davidson. r.Dilfrwr.1
AUmanc, Psrssn, Caswell, Rockingham
nd Stokesl ... j
6th. Robeson, Montgomery, Richmond,
Anson; Stanly, Cabarrus, Uuion, Meek
lenburg, Gaston, Liucolnand CaUwba.
7th. Fofsytbe, Surry, Tadkin, lavie,
Rowan, Iredell, Alexander, Wilkesl, Al-
cKnyf Asne and WaUuga.
8lh. Caldwell, Burke, Cleve
-uenell, Yancey, McDowell, Trausyl
vanta, Baoeombe, Madisqn, Haywood.
":t,on oatn, Alacon, Utay, Gra
m v. . i. '
tutberford, Polk and Hetidcr'
- j . I i n ' . -
i' upm & SUver! Medals
Maker, of New Yurk, Bahimore and C ;
OFFICE AND" NEW TTAiIeIIOOMS.
K f,!l. Llserty S, BalUmore, Md.
The Stiu7 Pianos contain all the Ia"tt
.Sti. ..M F V- f .mjasf 4-iano,
with additional improvements of hi own in-
vention. iit to K ..1 :
, r. .vr,,.. ... wire, lUKUUIUCQW. f . M't-i . r r , v, .
The tone, touch and finish of their inHtrumentsf l oe mulattoes of focuffletown are on
cannot be excelled by arty manufactured. - j doubtedly descendants of the aborigines,
A largejajwortment ofi Second i Hand Pianos 1 probably Tuscaroras or Cherokecs ; ma
PoTiinrJT10 inyolTf them, direct descendants oftbeir
m father., bear decided Indian
Send for Illustrated iCtalomU ,vmf,iinJ teatUrei and charactensticB. There are
names of over 1000 SouniernerB,l(500 of which
re v irKiiuan-,) who have boaght Uie SUefl
1 uno since the done of the wsf.I 22:40C
f J. ALLENI BROWN. Ant.
Salisbury, N. C.
V I too
White Goods, Embroidries, &c.
. IMEOKTfRS, MA N V If AlCT U R E Rf JOBBERS.
! RIBBONS. )
VELVET RIBBONS. NECK TIES.
Bonnet Silks, Satins j Velvets and Crapes,
nowrrs. l'catliers, Ornamtntsj Frnracs, kt.
STRAW BONNETS AND LADIES A Arn
CHILDREN'S 1 1 ATS,
TRIMMED ; AND
And in connecting" Waneroonis
VIIITE GOODS, tlNEXS, EMBROIDERIES,
I LAC'Esj NETS .
COLLAliS, SETTS, fllANDKEKCIIIEFS,
ViciLixo, uead Nets,
I &c,&c: j .
Nos. 237 and' 239 Baltimore street, '
TlK'se 0oods are nianufacfurel by us or
lMH.jrht for Cash ilirw ily froni the European
and Amerilan Manufacturers! embracing all
the .latest inweltiea. hneouaSled in vnri. tr
aud cheapness in any narket
Orders filled withjeare, promptness and
despatch. j ' 1 25:2m:p
ROCK HILL, S. C,
Solicits tbipments of ThW, Meal, Wheat,
Corn and Oats to be soJd ou Commission.
Tnos having products to sell should corres
pond with nie aud obtain market prices at Kock
Hill, Avhicliican generally be done in 24 hours.
hfferaici: John I.Jjharer, Esq., Mr. J. 0.
White. I ! '
Salisburf, Dee. -1,1871.
Clover and Grass Seeds!
FItESIL and at
At TIIEO. F.
U. W. 1UICK.
T. J. Pkice.
PRICE & BRO.
FAMILY GROCERY STORE
TO JENKIN'S CORNER,
Where tWy will continue to1 Sell Flour,
Meal, Freh Meatst Bacon. Lard, BnttiT.
Eggs. Cofiee. Teas, Sugar, Salt, Pickles, Mo
lasses, &e i togethejf with a large and varied
Btoek Ait household aud table necessities.
Bring youl country produce to
I I PIHCE & BUO
A. M. SuIlivax.
J. P. Goavan.
rPHB undersignedj having associated them
X selves iii business under the firm name of
A. m! suiIlivan, CO.,
I - i
HAVE opened uiE. J. nolmcs' iievr build
ing, nest doorjto the Hardware Store,
vrherathel will be pleased to meet old and
new friends. They have a magnificent rooai-
the largeiund best !ln-town and
j ., ;
STOCK OF GOODS,
COMPRISING a general assortment. Hard
ware exceptedi and will- guarrauto as
good bargains caabe sold bv anr House in
the Stmth. fThey wiljl deal hcavilv in Groeerie.-
and couutry Pioduck buying and Belling, and
invito all who wish either to buy or sell to call
on them. A. M. 8DLLIVAN A Co.
Jan. 24th, J872. ) I9:tf
Save your Wheat & Oatsl
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO FARMERS.
An important discovery to prevent RUST in
Wheat and Oats. If the directions are careful
ly followed and the ierop is injured by rost, the
money will be cheerfully refunded. All I ak
is a trial. Prepared and for sale onl at
. J. ENNISS
x Salisbury. '
k TfTffc s ay it sk vw .
THE LAWLESS Z1OWZLSV8 !
Authentic History of their Crimes I The
Slanderers of. the llerald Mefnted !
Jlobcson end her People Vindicated f
A Bloody Jtecord f
i vknGYLK, Robe sox Co., N. C,
March 2Gr 1872, j
Colonel E. D. Hall : "
Dear Sir : In compliance
with the request contained in yonr letter
6f tlie 22d iMlMt, to be
fUC.V ,n5rn,t,oa " 1 P'
to the Loweya and others of this coon-1
ty. I herewith furnish such facta ai l
have been able ;to gather during a resi
dence of six years in the county, regret
ting, at the aame jtimejjhe . impassibility
f or oouiningother than trad t onal account!
f Cm . a -. i .
!,of sinflItown and its population.
among tbem a goodly number of balf
breeda crossed with tber whites -raicly
ever; witb tbe negroes, and- the uever
bave been, as Mr. Townsend in bis let
ters to tbe New York Herald, would teem
to indicate, slaves, but always free.
Matgr of tbe grand fatbers or great grand
fatbers of tbe present stock owned large
bodies of land, and in some instances
slaves, and were generally respected by
the better class of wbite farmers in tboJ
county. Such was especially tbe case
with the Lowreys. The grandfather of
Allen Low rey owned both land and slaves
and is said to have been educated to tbe
extent tbat our common couutry schools
aftord. Allen Lowrcy, tbe father of Henry
Berry Lowrey, had ten sons, George, Pat
rick William, Purday, Sinclair, Murdock,
Calvip, Stephen, Tom and Henry Berry.
The latter the youngest. Several of them
moved off toother States as they grew
np. ; Allen has twice married or rather
once married, and getting into some diffi
cultiea about land suits, or law suits of
somejfkiiid, moved to South Carolina,
where he remained about two years, du
ring iwhich time bis wife married some
other man, and he, on bis return married
another woman. Marriage, in those days
among free mnlattoes or negro slaves,
was not considered a very binding obli
gation. The above named sons, I think,
are the progeny of the second wife or
woman. ; Among these, aud with old
Allen himself, law suits, taxes, Sec, de
spoiled them of most of their lands ; and
theyjlike Indians generally, oelieving
their cause just in all cases, could not
clearly recognize the rights of the courts
to sell their lands, and claimed that they
had been defrauded of them Probably
in some cases they were outwitted or de
frauded by sharper men such has been
the fae of the Indian ever since this coun
try wis first settled by whites. What is
here stated of the Lowreys may well ap
ply to most all of the inhabitants of Scuf
fletown who' were formerly large land
owners, and though nearly every family
now hold email homesteads, they do not
own lands to tbe extent they did in for
1 ana disposed to think, from what I
have heard here, that the Seuffletoniaus
have degeucrated rapidly in tbe last
tweuty or thirty years. Previous to about
that time they were allowed to vote, were
required to bear arms and master, and
were more generally mixed with the whites
on terms of equality. Being found useful
as voters they were tolerated by the
whites." In 1835 the Couvcntion with
drew the right of suffrage from all fre
men of color, and also the right to bear
arms ,; and being no longer useful to the
whiles Is voters, aud if no longer allowed
to mix with them as militia men, they
were; generally degraded to the level of
negro slaves ; or, in fact, in many instan
ces, came to be looked down upon by the
slaves as beneath them. This, course,
incensed them, and they began to look
upon.' the whites as their enemies, and
taught their children to despise them;
and - though policy dictated apparently
good will, many of them being dependeut
upon tbe whites for employment, they
were; generally ready to aid M ith any
cause that afforded them a safe chancc(f
rc:aiiaii)ig on iueir wuiie neighbors. Vln
er canses they had, too, to increase their
enmity. Daring the war they were made
subject to detail, and as slaves were made,
to work on the bonifications, and from all
I can gather, they were hunted and per
secuted by some of the heme guard and
conscript officers I am glad to be able to
say that the majority of the home guard
officers Vere humane, and had due regard
to the condition of these men and their
families in making their details. The
opposite cases were exceptional ; stril the
whole system only served to incense them
the more, and hence they were found
ready and willing tools in the bauds of
General Sherman's soldiers, in their pass
age through this county, as pilots in their
raids upon the white settlers. And hence
also, when tho right to vote was accorded
to thenv after the was, they were found
by the leaders of the Republican party,
as the' freedmen were ready and willing
to join them in anythiug that would strike
at the interests or standing of their white
neighbors seizing upon this hue and cry
of Rebel, Ku Klux, Sec, to incite their
leaders to more striugnnt measures to iu
juro them,, and, unfortunately, finding
some few degenerate white natives who
werol ready aud willing to take np the
cudgel with them, to inflict injury on their
former neighbors and friends. These are
principally the reasons Jor the venom of
Henry Berry Lowrey and his gang against
tbe white, people of tbe county, and tbe
balance of tbe population of Scuffletown
are in sympathy Vitb him and bis gang.
It remains; now for me to trace, as far as
I ant ablej the early career of Lowcry and
SALISBURY, N. C. APRIL
, prKmwinjr tuat tbe member, of
his band are nrlv related m 1
blood or marriage
Soma time in the fall or winter of 1
Henry Berry Low rev and one of bis broth
ers, William, I think, fled to the swamps
to escape detail to tbe forts at tbe mouth
of Cape lar River, and while hiding out
wereoined by some three or four escaped
Federal prisoners from Florence, S. C.
They established a camp la the back
swamp near the plantation of James P.
Barnes and committed various depreda
tions Oil stock, killing lomn nf P .n,n.i
! botrs and ah
or February, 1SG4, the exact date I do
not recollect, P. Barnes, while out
turkey naming m the swamp, came upou
their camp and charged them with the
killiug of hia atoak, tbreatenUg to Inform
the home guard officers of their wherea
bouts if they did not leave bis neighbor
Lood. Shortly afterwards Barnes was
shot from an ambush ou the side of the
road by the two Lowreys while be was
passing on his way home from the Pj?t
UUice reading a newspaper. Barnes fell
though not killed, and II. B. Lowrey ant
his brother William and one of the wacan
ed pnseners came out of the amlnah and
walked up to Barnes, and U. B. Lowrey,
finding that be was not dead, kicked him
and cursed him for threatening to set the
home guard officers after them, and after
wards placed the muzzle of his guu to his
face and fired, tearing nearly half of one
side of his face off. They then left, and
strange to say, he lived uutil his brother
Dr. John Barnes, who was attracted by
the firing, came lo his relief and got him
home, sending for a magistrate at his re
quest, before whom he deposed these facts.
This was the first murder committed by
Lowrey, who was, at that time, some IS
to 20 years old ; aud this could not be
claimed by Lowrey, as he has claimed lor
others of his numerous murder, that it
was in retaliation fr injuries inflicted on
himself and family, for Jas. P. Barnes, 1
am informed, by several gentlemen of un
doubted veracity, Was notoriously inoffsn
aivc, kind to his neighbors, eve'n to the
mulatioes, several of whom lived near
him. I have myself heard two or three
of the mulattoes express decided disap
probation at the killing of so good a mau
as Barnes, though never expressing an
opinion as to who killed him.
The next murder committed by tbe
Lowreys was that of James Brandt Har
riss, some time iu August, 1SG4, and 1
must admit from the facts-of the case as I
nave Heard them, that they may 1
been entitled to the claim of
was not a native of this county, but a
wagoner trom the up country, who had
settled in Scnffletown among the mnlat
toes, where he kept a small roadside
store, selling liquor?, Szc. to the Scuftle
toniaua. was charged with being too
familiar with some of the wives and
daughters of his customers, and from this
cause first sprung enmities between him
self aud the Lowreys. After the break
ing out of the war, Harris was appointed
Seigeant, Lieutenant or something of
conscription, and was engaged principal
ly iu huntiug up mnlattoes who had
been detailed for work on the forts, and
from all accounts he was one of the rough
est of his class, overbearing and abusive
to them. The gravest charge they bring
against him was the killing- of two Bona
of Gcorgo Lowrey, cousins of II. B.
Lowrey. The circumstances of the mur
der of these two young men, Allen and
"Wesley, were substantially as follows :
Harris was ordered to report with these
two men at Moss Neck Depot, a:id
on attempting to arrest them, was resist
ed, when he called ou some of the home
guard to assist him, and to help guard
Uiem until they reached Moss Neck;
wbeu the arrest was made he handcuffed
them, aud started for his destination, ac
companied by a squad of home guard ;
arriving near Moss Neck he told ihe lat
ter they might go back, as be could man
age bis prisoners the rest of the way
by himself and between the place
where the squad parted with him, and
Moss Neck, the dead bodies of the
two young men were shertly after
wards found, aud the presumption of the
Lowreys was that Harris had eliot them,
and for this they swore vengeance against
him. Harms soon afterwards surrender
ed himself to the-civil authorities or gave
bond for bis appearance at court for trial
tbe month afterwards, September,) but
he was shot by the Lowreys before Court
met. After tbe killing of Harriss it U
supposed that II. B. Lowrey was joined
by some two or three others of the mulat
tocs, probably sonie of the same ones who
have since formed a part of bit band, and
they continued fugitives from justice
from that lime. About the same time,
whether just before or just after the mur
der of Harriss, I hav not been able to
learn, a man by the naae ofCailysle,
was killed iu thelewcr pari of thecouuty,
which killing was charged to Lowrey and
his gang; whether justly or unjustly, I
cannoJ ay. After this tbe depredations
of tbe band consisted principally of pet
ty thefts aud robberies, or, as they called
it, foraging for a liviug, uutil some time
in January, 1SU5, when they fell iu with
some twenty escaped Federal prisoner
from Florence, of mixed nationality, and
beaded by an officer. These they joined
and commenced a general system of rob
beries, the Lowreys piloting and partici
pating iu them. The soon became the
terror of the county, though 1 have
never heard of their coinjuitting any
deedi of blood, only threatening those
who. hesitated about opening their doors.
Some time in the latter part of February
they were reported as being on the IUck
ingbam road, working their way up to
words the upper end of tbe county, and
the propriety of offering resistance, was
generally discussed among the farmers
living on the road, most of them declar
ing tbat, as no effectual resistance could
! K i t :
riously stated - at from wi.t t ft-
the best way was to open tbe doors to them
and let them plunder at will, particularly
as the country was then uearly de
pleted of men capable of bearing arms.
On tb:s discussion my present wife, then
the widow ofDr.Neil McNair, was includ
ed, and she expressed pretty warorlv her
appreciation of their want or nerv in de
termining to open their doors to a band
of robbers, and vowed she would never
open hers ; that if thcr came in they
"uu' m.oreaK tiiem down. At
inai time there was refuging here wiih
Mrs. Macllae two families, her sister and
family and her brother's wife and family.
These two ladies counseled moderation!
aud the discussion continued until the
afternoon of the 27th of February, when
two young men, acquaintances of Mrs.
MacRac, came down from Richmond
county on a visit of two or thru days,
and Mrs. Macllae declared that with uch
an addition to the defensive force she would
rims; them to tho last, (hi the same
night, about twelve o'clock, the band
came to the front door and demanded
admittance. Mrs. Macllae ran up stairs
and aroused the two young men, telling
them the robbers were at ih door. One
of the youngjenen, the wounded Confed
eiate soldier, of whom Mr. Towusend
makes mention, had his pistoN with him
one a large Laval revolver, aud the other
a small pocket levolver, which be bronght
uuwu wiiu mm, iianr.ntr the small.-
f XT If . i ...
" mb. -uaciiae. lien
lower naanfp t!i
passage, tbe robbers had broken
into one of the room windows and were
engaged in plundering. He opened the
door and fired on one man who was on
his knees over a trunk, which he was
about breaking open. This frightened
them and they sprang through the win
dow, not seemingly anticipating any
defenso. ThejrT.terwards went to the
wood-yard and got an axe aud torches
and came back, swearing they woulj
brchk the door down and murder every
one in the house. They commenced
splitting the door panels with tho axe,
and while doing so one of the number
stood immediately in front of the side
light holding a forch for the others to see.
The wounded soldier and Mrs. MaeRae
were stooping on the same side of the
door and just below the side light, watel
their proceedings. As the man nnt!il
leaned his back against the sa.h, the
young soldier placed the muzzle of his
pistol against the glass and fired, driving
the ball through the man, a little below
the shoulder, who, falling forward on his
face, pitched the torch out into the yard.
This created a greut confusion outside,
and the parties picked up their murdered
comrade and carried him out of tbe front
gate some distance, sweaiiiic; they would
come back and have revenge. They did
return iu a few minute, bringing other
torches with them, aud as they approach
ed the steps tired a volley through the
side-lights, shivering the glasi, and
almost blinding tbe young man with the
particles which were knocked into his
face and eyes, and cutting Mr. Macltae's
neck slightly. Fortunately the shot did
not strike either, but lodged in the ceiling
overhead. Aflerthis the do.r gave way, and
the party rushed in. Before they did,
however: Mrs. MaclUe had pushed the
young man in a room and met tbm
herself, and in being questioned as to who
had fired the shot through tbe glass,
declared she had dine it herself. At this
a mulato. three of whom had entered
with the crowd, ewore he would kill hr,
ana raised In enn tor the uurnose. but
tbe officer in command ordered him to
desist, aud threatened to shoot any man
who ottered her violence. His threat.
mwever, did not prevent the mulatto.
whom she took to be II. B. Iwrey, from
striking her a severe lick in the back
with the butt of his gun, as she walked
down tbe passage ahead of him. The
officer a?aiu iuteifered, and shoved Low-i
rey back. Afier this no further violence
was offered, but the crowd bo;ra.n to halo
themselves lo whatever they found lo suit
them, taking all the silver, jtwelry, &e.f
thev could find, together with a quantity
of elotbin?. blankets. &c The day after
the attack at Argyle, several ef the neigh
bors assembled here, and determined to
obtain the assistance of a
the home guard, who were
above here, and follow the robbers.
Accordingly, next day thy assembled to
the number of twenty-live or thirty, aud
followed ou to ScutHttowu, where the
band were reported to have halted to
divide their plunder. The band had dis
pcrsed, however, before they got to Scuf
tictowu. The party then bearing that 1L
B. and William Lowrey were at their
father's (Allen Lowrey) house, proceeded
there and arrested the three Allen, H;
B and William and held tbem prisoners
while some of the party searched the
premises, and found in a cave under the
house stolen goods of various kinds, guns:
pistols, Szc, some of which wererecogniz'
cd as the property of some of the party
then pre ssnt. They then held a cmisul
tion, and some of the prty voted for
shooting the three; others, and generally
l he older men of the party, counseled
moderation, and advised that tbay should
be carried to Lumbcrtou to be dealt with
by the law. The others, however, pre
vailed, declaring that they would be libe
rated by Sherman's army, who were then
daily expected to reach this county, and
declaring thai II. B. and Wiiliaui deerv
ed shooting for lite two murders bey
were known to have committed They
finally tied the three, and a squad step
peu ua io euooi tucin, uui jubi ueiorc iu
. .1 . aX- .1 .1 i. . : . i..r i
firing commenced, II. B. Lowrey burst
his bonds and fled, escaping to the swatnpj
which was close by. Tho other two,
Allen and his on William, were then
shot. Some other rash measures were
proposed, but overruled. After this H.
B. was joined by bis brothers, Stephen
and Tom, and by the two Strongs, Boss
htrong, a mr boy at tbe tim, and cam
wcnceu regular court of crime. They
were afterward, joined by Henderson
Orendine and Geofga Applewhite, tbe
latter a nerre. bavin rr .;r. itj
n,' . -.-- - "vp f.cuucr
. ... ler. lut crimes com-
muiea oy this gang of utlaws, after this
organisation, are two well kaown to re-
aairta ram in tm I . ,
. : . iucu oar, in an tneir
icaenin j and bloody record. Snffice it to
say tbat they are chargeable with some
seventeen brutal murders, iu only one of
"m.vu lucy can claim any show of justi-
ncauoo, even il r eve age might be admit.
ten a a n a v n . -J v. .
-- uiurucr. ii only re
mains lor me n6w to correct a few of Mr
Aownseuaaia.se statements, and then
nave done with the details of a set of tbe
veriest n.ntl wbo bave cursed this coun
tv far afrft vsm - - . i t . .
-r. j -, iiu, ma RI3CD or tnetr
Zn Pr?w.e" V tUe !1 comfort
auoraea luem by tbeir own class, as well
s uv the countenance of men wboseduty it
arrrsi ana Irown down crime
in every case, but wbo bave made use of
this gang to iHTsecute their neighbors
and breed contention and strife in tbe
Tbe eoi respondent of tbe N. Y. HcraU,
Mr. Towusend, has devoted a short
paragraph in one of his letters to the two
McLeans, in which occurs the greatest
misrepresentation of the elder ef the two.
I can, of course; readily suppose that Mr.
lownitnd had no motive whatever for
aspersing tbe character of a good man,
unless, as bis letters would seem to indi
cate, be intended to become ihe apolnrist
a f at.-. T ' e
. mo lowreys.- i am ratlmr disponed to
adopt the charitable view iIiai 1,. got bis
information from some bitter enemy of
Mr. McLean's, who took that cowardly
method of subbing h's memory or injur
ing his fair Jame . Murdock A. Mclean
requires no eulogist iu this county, still I
canuot let the occasion pJM without cor
recting tbe record which appears over Mr.
Townsend's signature. 1 have been more
intimate with Mr. McLean than I have
been with any other young man in the
county, and I car. ssf.ly 0ay that 1 have
never known him to be guilty of a con
temptible or mean act. He wan faithful
in the discharge of bis dulitf, f.ailcss
also, and ready :at any and all times to
oblige a friend or neighbor, or to afford
relief to any one in distress i'H ,ui re
gard to race, color or condition. The Um
act of his life was one of unsclfihness.
At the time of bis death, the militia ef
the county had been called out by order
of the Adjutant General, and was sent to
the camp at Kureka, in details of fifty
from each regiment, to serve two weeks,
and then be relieved by other details.
M. A. McIxmh had served two weeks, and
returned home obly to find that his broth
er Hugh was detailed for the following
two weeks. Hugh being in feeble health,
Murdock determined that he should re
main at home and he would serve two
weeks more iu his stead, and it was while
driving over to the Depot to take the cars
Hugh going to take the horreand bag
gy back home that they were both shot.
Another instance where a fou mouthed
hypocrite has made use of Mr. Townsend's
pen, to asperse ai good aud puro man, is
iu the case of Uev. J. H. Coble. This
gentleman is alive to defend bis own
cause, but as I am dealing with facts in
connection with Lowrey's gang I will
state what 1 have board from parties h
wera present at (he killing of Allen and
William Iowrey. Mr. Towusend call
Mr. Coble the high priest of the devil,
and states that he fired off his prayer and
his shot-gun at tbe same time at the two
Iowreys. Thii is simply false. Mr.
Coble is represented as having becu ear
nest in his endeavors to quell ibe passions
of the parties who ad r oca ted the shoot
ing of the Ix) w rey i, counseled an appeal
to tbe only proper tribunal tho Uw
aud did, when he found that his advice
availed nothing, offer up an earotst pray
er for the pardon of tbe two who were
then about to be shot; and af.erwards,
when some of the crowd insisted upon
"wiping out" the whole family, he inter
fered so decidedly that be prevented fur
ther bloodshed and saved the life of Allen
Iwrey's wife, lit is easy for us here
to guess from whom Mr. Towoseud gets
such information in regard to tbe two
persons named above: and we know tint
the parties are only bruising their own
j beads in attemptioz to butt honest tco-
pie." " ! .
It is only necessary to cite one other
instance of the source frcm whence such
information as Lei publishes comes : The
"persecuted" "pfoas" "old aunt Phrrbe,"
of whom be speaks, is miscalled both iu
name aud character; she is the hardest
case in this entire settltmcnt, can out
drink, out swear and out lie anything iu
the shape of a negro tbat I have ever met
with. Ucspectfully yours,
f Alex. MacIIae.
TOISON IN FOSTAGK STAMPS.
A few days since Dr. L. Chester, of
Nottingham, New Hampshire, a well
know aud prominent physician in I lock -ingham
county, received a lett r fron. an
unknown source' containing two postage
stamps, with an urgent request that he
should send by return mail a letter to a
given address in. 'New York city. Tho
doctor complied "with tho request, using
one of the stamps just received in mail
iog the return Utter, wetting the stamp by
laying it upou bis tongue. Ho was in
stantly seized with a mystetious fainting
sensation, accompanied with severe con
vulsive action of the heart, difficulty of
breathing, and a prickling numbness of
i bis whole system. He said to his wife,
I " . a
standing by, "1 ,ara poisoned ty that
' stamp." tht says, "It cannot be ; and
taking the remaining sttmp applied a
' small portion of it to her tongue, wbeu.
j she was seized with precisely the same,
though much more severe symtouu,
which bave prostrated her for several
days. Not more; than one-twelfth part
of the adbtsirs ido of the aunp was
r" .. ..
30. WHOLE NOV-820
tbT.t V1?- u u At
the time of using the stassp Dr;Cbesley
l- b,Vt?lh rffcbaece,
which be thinks was no anUduU U tU
poison tbe sump do doU couuined. .
Opening of Ihe Campaign,:
- For 1S72.
. Z. a VANCE.'
AT STATIC VILA ,
Toe-Joy, April t, 171. -
(Reported PhotvogTaphically Lit the Doily
St. m. rosta, Stenographer, nf
Shelby. N. C.
I feel hanpr to meet vou all tA4 .rw :
am much obliged for tfie invitation to ad
drc your County Congestion. I crfeefa Jt
not only a dutv. bur a nrivilee (a ltwt
aid in upholding law and order, and la
maintaining the trineiDleo of Hn !-...
ami whenever I can sy aavtiilag In tk'u
direction, I am hsppy to do it 1
Me are now on the ere of ooeef tfcemrW
important election- everpidd in tbh etnrtv
try-on election which ini-okr- the cnoioo
of a Ireudtnt and Vice Prr-jdeut, Members
of ConrnM. Senator fa CoAjrrroo, Governor
Legislature, and oil State and Cootrtr offi'
errs except Jud anl Hrrkt, I belWe.
in trie people of Iredell veted lor Ibe
emocrtic ticket, and utained the rr-
Mire of that partT whica wao ovn4 to
talicalim. Is there anv man
should atandon that to!Wr nnv at mA
with our rnemie. f (n the'eonrrarr is the-
not every rea-on why vou ahouKI not t la
Here any rea-.ni whv we -hoold now it.
old that mrtvthat dWronehiaeof Kr.S
decent, patriotic men tf yonr rM ate. and -uphold
the opprewoni of yonr country f la
lG8 that partv fwnmMed of art a.
of litical remnants, Uond m ore eoti
ct ma of hatred to the inMitoJkma iJ
South and that alone: and it ( il..i
alone which lind it together nw. We ore
iere. tiu-n. to opjM-c Itadiralim which "
wouM I latter down nnA-r ca
rin ij.le of civil litrerty that our fore fat h-
r loulit for. Iet us look at tbeni 0 mo
ment a ix I ace if thit i not true Th writ
f haU-n corpu as secured botk bv Na
tional and State Conatitution. The Su
preme Court of the United itate, and tho
court of our own State, were eroUUned
for the protection of that risrht. - Yew have
cen it overthrown time and a rain In the
lat few year. Another ririlege Wa tlx
ri'ht of trial by Juiy. This is one ef tbe
great principles f fn-e govrrnnw-nt. Toe
have x-n tbat right overthrown, and. men
taken up and ituprincd. tried by drum
head court martial and w-ntenced to igno
The fre-lm of the Pre, another bul
wark if civil liU-rty.-tia- Wn invade!. TA-itor-
bave beeniniri-onei and their apera
w irel. in defiam e of law. Martial law ha-l-
n proeUimetl in our midt in a time of
profound m are. in the fare of the eipre-a
j.roviin of the rmt it ution. and aged and
virtuoti citirenw aeir-l by rude aoldiery
witluut warrant, at ttie inMiation of voctJ
lnd negrtH. and placed in dungtvma with
out lail or main prie'. Taiatkm ocrordinr
to n pre4-ntation i another prrnt and vaf
uable prim ile of libt-rtr. Hot fr tbreo
year we were taied heavily with no rej-re-M-ntation
at all ; and fnmi'l6t to the pre
sent we have Ixm. with a U-m hooorsUe
except ion. repn--en1 ed. or inivreprcM-nted,
by only uch men a they wonld -rraeiooalv
nnit. and not urh oa our own choice dic
tateL MtM of tbe olitiral eunurlko, are
like John Pool, who. instead f.f defcnHlins;
anl protect in (j their downtrodden ron
trytnen. rtAnd in th-ir plw-e o lirins
pr-iecutoN and alanderem of the land 0
their birth. (laughter and apjJaoae.J
The military ahould aJoya beoulirdtAato
to the civil authority, mu tlt conftitutiora. -Vet,
in time of profound peace, whole States
have Uen tcen without a single oolitaxy
civil magitrate. The Governor, judge,
herifl-!. con.tables, justice of the peace,
were all hurletl out of othre, and the bayo
net waa t.iipretne. And now, aevera yemro
after the la4 armed ollier had laid down
hi- musket and cea-d to reict the OutkovsV
ty of the government, vie find martial laof
proclaimed in our sinter State of Soeth Car
olina, and whole o immunities laid tender
the strong hand of violence soldiers grrins
alut M-izing and in-arcerating oil ouch oa '
are j win ted out by vindictite. vagabond nsv
groc. All thew aacn-d principles of hum on
lilwrty, and many more, for whicb notimly
OCR forefathers fought and ouSercd.-but eur
Kngli-h ancestor- aln ftr hundreds of yes ro
lalton-d and oriranized for which Hampden
died and Klliott languished in priaoa, at ray -ing
the tyrant for a little mere air that ke
might have strength to die. All tbene kavo
ln-en disregarded, overriden and trampled
into the dut ly thia ltd!esJ norty in hIa4
for owcr ami vindictive hatred to the
Southern people. And even now. wiice sua
election doen not go right or we venture Km
a i rt any of thee great rights ore prrtoia
ing to ua, w e are answered by coarse tbreaXa 0
future violence. and coiHinued disfroKhi-uu-nt
of our t and I-t men oed oiiM
further curtailmenta of ear few remaining
lilx-rtie. In fact, in the Languog of U10
late Thaddeu Steven v one of their grmtwl
lenders, the cinat it utiou bat bet-a Wm ioie
a thousand fragnx-nla and araXtered in every
backhouse of Wa.bingtau city.1 (Lou-Jb-tcr.)
Such are -ooic of the tingaLkot tkia pas
ty h done.
And now, gentlemen of iLe jur I Itc
pardon. I mean fellow-citizen, Inl joe
may consider xouraeJve lunixtLCD Aia
Jt ict totrv this party fior tsercriiikeoaiaw4
liljert y, fet me ruy one ord aboat tbt cr- .
ruptioo of this porty.
I believe it reav I oatw-rted oa a blrtori
ical tact that piiUlc xrruftuQ was oakDOwn .
in this land until the ItadicaJs coat into
pomer. S4ue of you old men may rwucra
1 t the co-c of on old feliew named Swrt
wourt, w ho atole only a few tboiuand dol
lar. I believe it wa und-r Mr. Van Burro's
Administration, and you may remember
hat a great war of indignation it excited,
and bow tbe pre, teemed with accounts of
such corruption. Wbj, be would not bsvc
been conidered on Arraj3Ttcxat the trade
in thx days. (Laughter. Xot s rev cons
office r nor a rtiil-houv py in oil this coca- .
try but what would have a perfect centempt
for him a a Vr-irUr in his bu;iae. (LjugV
ter loud sn-i catin'iei .