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AND BLOOMSBURG GENERAL ADVERTISER.
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Levi l, tate, editor.
Vol. is. no. 45.
TEltttS: S2 SO i N ADVAN'Cfc.
"TO HOLD AND TIIIM TIIR TORCH OF TRUTH AND WAVE IT O'ER TUB DARKENED EARTH."
BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PENN' A., SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 1865.
EDITED BY MVI I.. TATB, PROPRIETOR.
" Our Constitution cuard It ever!
Our jlorlou. Unionhold It dear I
Our Marry ring forsako it never!
Th. proud Oaucaaclanour only peer!
Saturday Morning, Jan. 7, 10G5.
Case of "William Appleman.
In the Senate' of the United States , Dec.
Mr. BucrcAt.r.w, presented the Petition
of William Appleman, a citizen of Penn-r-ylvania,
with accompanying documtnts,
..citing forth his ronvicliun before a Mili
ary Uoinuiiiion and praying that tho fine
utiju-ily iiiipos'-d upon him may be re
funded', &o. Upon million ol Mr, B. the
papers vreW' laid on tlie table. They arc
as follow t
!Ai the !I'nnmt'le,tlie Semite Anil House
of licpraciitiiliva composing the (Jon
gicssn the Unit-d istuttt.
TV I'itit;on Of WlM.IAM Al'l'LEMAN,
6 ritizju of the .State ol Pennsylvania, re
sident in tho County of Columbia, respect
still others wcro brought in afterwards.
In nil thero wero about fifty arrested men
at the Churoh.
Col. Stewart and Capt. McCann wcro in
the pulpit and had tho names called over.
Thoy conversed with Adam Lutz,nnd oth
ers, (who wcro not arrested men) but so
as not to be heard by us. Several of the
arrested men wore then discharged.
We were ordered to march out and form,
in order to bo taken off. I went up to
Col, Stowatt who had come down on the
floor of the Church, and ajked him whero
ho wa9 going to send us I And he said wo
would havo io go to Blooinsburg, ns Gen.
Oadwalladcr was there. All were then
niarobed on foot to Bloomsburg, 10 miles,
t'xeept a few who procured private con
veyances for themselves. We met Gen.
Cadwalladcr on tho road about Oiaugc
viMc who said nothing to us. Captain
MfCann had cbnrgo of us, with as. many
soldiers a? prisoners marching beside us.
at nights for tho whole room, and wo woro atbistiial. And ni the trial is in tho vi- from custody on thu U2nd of November.
obliged to procure lights at our own ex
A filth-tub was furnished m, made by
sawing a barrel across tho middle. Stand,
ing upright on the closed end, a stick was
run across it through holes bored a
littlo way below thu top. Thus pro
vision was made for its being carried by
two rncn. It had no cover. For about
three weeks it Btood in the gang-way or
entrance passage, outside thu door of our
prison room, duriug tho day-time. After
wards, upon my application, wo were per
mitted to koep St duiiug the day, in an
empty room adjoining tho gang-way. Two
of tho prisoners went out with it occasion,
ally under guard. Always at night it was
necessarily kept in our room, tho door bo
ing locked. This whole matter was a
Tho prisoners wcro mostly over 40 years
of age, all accustomed to activo cmploy-
cinity of the placo whore the offenoa is I returned home on tho 23d after an im
charged to havo been committed, witncis
os may be brought in to meet any unex
pected and inaccurate evidence produced
by tho prosecution. Besides, tho defen
dant being usually at largo upon bail be
fore his trial, is enabled by dun inquiry
prisontnent of 8'i 83 days, including the
wholo period from the lime of uiy arrest.
My health was not good during my im
prisonment, and I yet fed the serious
effects of confinement. When I left tho
I Fort, John RaPtz was unwell; lso (eo.
to ascertain, more or less perfectly, tho I Ilurlimon. II. Willis Davis and Benjamin
character of the case to be' presented Collcy were in tho Hospital. Joseph
pureuiug Dewtera or cont:ripls.
Citizens bad no connection with
.The two additional meetings at tho Afh Sobool
that ' House, which is less than a mllofrom
We were marched through Bloomsburg ' tncnts, upmi whom imprisonment bore se
(with only a flight halt in tho Mrect) to J verely. About the end or September Wit
tho dVpot of tho Lackawanna it Blooms- jam E. Roberts and John York wcro ta
burg Rail Road" and put in tho Htatiou 1 ken sick with bowel coirphiluts nud wore
house uutil the evening train came along. removed to the ho-pital near the Fort
It was reported among ua that tlu Cap Roberta (lied about ten days afterwards,
tain said we were to bo tukeu to Harris- There wcro other oasos of nickuess but of
burg. Wo were put in the oars and went vsi severity, up to this time. Subfc
to Harrisburg where wo were transferred quently three or four prisoners wcro din
without delay to another train and taken charged on account of sickness two casca
on io Philadelphia. We arrived at Phil 0f rlieumaiiim aud one of consumption
That he hat been rcernt'y tried lefcre odelphia nt eight or nine o'clock in the- by order of Gen. Couch. Mr. Yorks was
a Militaiy Couiini?ion ai Ilariisburir, as
ho bilieve. without duo warrant of law,
tor alleged conspiracy to te-it tin; Uon
scr'ptiou bins of the Un'tod State)., nnil
convicted i''j'i-tly of some of the charg-a
mjaiu-i him &"d -fnl-need to piy a li'ie ol
.Five Iloiiihud ''ollari under piiu of im
prisonment t ''xce dirij,' one year, That
t) regain bi liberty he h been compelled
to pay snd 'ma paid the paid fine of Five
Hundred tloilnr. That being a citizen
against him, and is also enabled to collect
and preparo his evidence in reply.
But in my oiso, there was no previous pub
lie examination of witnesses before a mag
istrate, and as to a part of them I had no
knowledgo or expectation that thoy would
bo examined until they appeared to bo
sworn, Tho trill took pi cc nearly ICO
miles from my residence, aud with the un
derstood condition that I should boar the
wholo expense of witnesses brought by
mo in hij defence. And I had been held
in strict contiucment trom tuo time ot my
arrest (almost two mouths) tho privilege
of giving bail for my appearance for trial
having hcen refused. I had joiued several
of my fellow prisoners in a letter to Gen.
Couch, asking that we might give bail to
appear when our cases should be tried,
aud iu the meatitimo be allowed to go
home. When Gen. Couch oaine to tbe
Fort he said he could not bail' us and we
remained in confinement.
Hut, as 1 understood before, my case
was oallid up, that Kdward M'llunry was
the main witm-s for the Govemracntjn
the trials, and as I believed him to be un
reliable as to tru'b, I asked tho Judge
Advocate ou the first day when I was
morning, Sept. 2nd, Sept. l.-t and were alsi) discharged
t.ikeu lo Birraeks, "Ah &, Huttoinvood. i Three or four weeks after wo wcro im
There at noon we obtuiucd something to prisoned, Gen. Couch came to the Fort,
eat .Tin-cuus of soun and some bread and was iu iho botnb-nroof. lie said
and meat, whirh was the first food fur- the meu fhould havo a second blanket each ' called up lo fend to Fort Mifflin for John
i,i..l.,d a. from the time wo had been ai- 'I I.i-v wnrn fi.vnislie.1 snmn wrnlcs after- 1 J. StiU'H and Hiram F. Evsrilt as witntws-
r. shul. "At fie 15 'iiton Church rome eat- ward teward tb.i end of Oetnher. Ho ' ea, which he .-aid he would
able voiv sent to us fioni the house of directed that we be allowed to go out in
John J. ijiilut, by his dnce'ioii, he being thu yard together fwioc a week. This
! diic of the ane-ted meu, which wai all wo privilege wa- actually allowed us but
had hail. I and my soos were ta!;un from twice while I was there. At other times
of P.n.isrlnia and not liable to perform Home t.. .ore nreaiuau.
... , . i .. i .1 Th" alternoon of same dav Sept. 2ud,
anlilarv n'ruco. ho ras .irre ted uuilir ' 1 ',
uj. it j wo were taueu on to rori .wiimn ;
and put in uonio-prool iVo. J, uoing
through a lon dark aruhed passage or
.me military orrVr on il'.o fir.-t day
September, lafl. and pt in confino
mont at Fort M-flVti and at Harris! urg
a lew of us were allowed to go out under
guard, to work u littlo for cxeroiso.
I was taken to Harrisburg a day or two
after the October election, in couipmy
with three others of the prisoners. Four
do. I also
sent for my fou Thomas, and intended to
oppoo these three to M Henry both as lo
his character and alledgvd ntatuuicnt
of his reported to me. When the evidence
agaiubt me wa? eudtd ou the last day ol
! trial, by the examination of M'Heury u
1 a witness, I inquired for my two witness
from Fort Miflliu, but they were not in
atte'udauee. The Jud'i Advocate taid
lo had sect for them. (Subsequently
thev informed mo that iliey bail never
s .. c -i . ui r... ;.. i...... i. r..n.n ...i.. t .!.,. ,i, .,: .i,.
until the ii'Jnd day of .Ni'veiuber, and b 8 ) , r
, ,, i . -i the iioii-craicd tiw (ay li feet hi 'h in This was six wet ka from tho i!ata of my
mercny ,u-, - .. p.uu , ?, - or . wld. w0 arrest, audI had had ll0 nolico 0f tho chat- hea.d they wero wauled on the t.ial)-
nnrt to luueii t.uruanip aim jury oi uis n,no, ni(. nnr anv dhtinet keowledtro 1 After cousultaiion with my eouusel, I con-
h , ; liljj uiiuujjlltt wmi; f. - b 0" ' J D i
r1'U. i . . . ' . . . t t i- fPi.:. e .. i.- .1 ......1.1 t., m. itti vnru vr 1 n p I n I lv. t.- Inf tlirt nad
rivnlcd uo r into UiC 1 lmu-proot. 1 uia oi uai iuuv "uuu uu, v .
L.-.i e .,. .1.. K..1..,.- I..nl rli 1 't'trrt RiAol-t nffar mw nrrttfrtt In TT.irrh 0 off Without t he ID. Hut DIV
DO 111 U J' I uu I la put bijr uciw " fcuu if wi j "v vni ...j Jut
rivi-ris arebwd overhcatl and has thiok burc, my cane was called on for trial be ' tiamined, aud bis tcalimonj sppoara upon
walls of stone and brick. Hy (.topping it loro a Military Commission composed of mo recoru oi iuo uiai, wmi an imporiaui
I and others made its width to be 10 fett Cols. Prcvost and Frink, and Capt. Lee ; omission. Having testified to Kdward
nud it- leiieth 51 fict. This was the space Capt. Francis Westels Judge Advocate. M'llenry's bad character and that he had
allotted to the prisoner, -14 in i umber. A copy of the charges was served upon hoard persons spoak unfavorably of him
One of tho oiiiriiial prisoners had been me oue day and the next day I was call- ho saul in answer to a question by
I- .t i .i ... ;,.,i n ti.. Wnrt nn 1 ,i i,tnro iim flnnim Usinn fnr trui . L J uu AU vooat c , t na t lie uaJ ticaru men
tion of that tribunal anu ot me ainoicnoiB,. ..,..,.... .. T,:J oo r t,..i nrd Siilea fa witness for the t.rosoeution
1 hi' trrounu inai UC uatl uucu aiiusbuu uy . Liuuii luis was i-uuuy, viiiu j. iu x '
ml.iuk. ! no counsel orssont, and there was an ad- declare, more than a year previou-ly, that
be would not believe M llenrv umUr oath
... ... i Air una iiitiil wuiu iuj iui iuuii v uumm luiiiuuiuuw iu iuu m-y. mu . -
without the privilege ot giving na. prior ,,.. ,(,lf (hB hnmh. i ,nn.iw. nfter nlna entered, witnesses This important answer, showing an
VansScklc had become insano and was
also in tho Hospital. My thrco sons were
discharged on parole about tbo middlo of
October, along with 13 others at tho Fort.
Thoy were never informed what tho char
ges wero against them. Altogether, of
tbo prisoners originally arrested, about
22 havo been discharged, besido myself,
aud ono is dead.
Statement by William Apple
man, willi reference to the
Charges against him before the
Military Commission, at liar,
The charges as illustrated and defined
by tbo evidence for the prosecution and
by the finding of tho Commission, consist
of two poiuts which may bo considered as
distinct from each other, and upon each
of which I pr ipose to make a full stale
ment accompenied by evidence to sustaiu
Tho first point is, participation in a
moating held at'the bouso of John Rantz,
uguat 14th 1SUI.
Tho second pxiinl is, membership in a
secret political society or Club, in the
Spring of 1803.
Fiisl: I will begin by stating what
was actually done and said by mo on tht.
day of tha Rantz meeting, with soma ac
count of the proceedings at his house
The first 1 knew of tho Rantz meeting
was on tho day it was held. I saw per
ocs go ng by my hoiiso down there.
Ruitz's hou.ie is 80 or 100 rods from mine.
I said to my boys that I would go down
and r-ee what was going on. Upon start
ing I told llicin that if they oamo down
they should not bring their guns. I had
noticed that seme of tho men pasiius :u'
When I got to iho Rantz barn.
transaction so far as I know and believe, jiny resilience. These wcro all tho meet
but it was apprehended they would bo held j ings I ever attendod, and they wero all
responsible for it, and the threats report i held in March, April, and May, 1803
od wero to that iffect. JcsfC llartman, 1 1 have attended nn:io "inoo and I know
it was said, had reported the threats made of none, nor of any Society, fecret or
at Harvcyvillo, beforo mentioned, with . open, rucceeding them. Tho meeting!
referenco to tho burning out of particular died out : those concerned got tired of
pcrs'otts. ; them and they wero dropped. From bo-
At some time in the afternoon soma re- j
marks were made in the burn fey Samuel
Kline and Daniel iMoIIcnry spoke after
ward, Their remarks were brief, but I
ginning to end they wero purely party
cluts ; the meetings sometimes secret and
ionielimes open j and there was no obliga
tion, purpose or thought connected with
oannot stale the exact timo when they were i them of opposition to tho Conscription
That h waj wholly innecent of the,
ehargis upon which he was tried, and can
nrovn and in hn-narcd to prove ch iiii'o-
ocicc in any reasonable manner and be
fore any proper tribunal or authority.
'That he bel evcs he was convicted by the
Militi ry Commission aud subjected to pun-
Nhmetit bccaim of tho impeded conutitu-
&f the pl:.co of dial from his rtsidinee, iu
ominretion with hit detcini'm in prison
ou oue tide and at one end of the bomb-' meeting, after plea
The main ones then there was another adjournment to against mo by anotuer, anil urawn out ny
.,m!,,..,1 fnr il.n nrnsomiiion . and ncaohinuut of one ot tbe .leading witnesses
- ,w- i ' . ,
.-;..i ...I nf tin, n v ( r.4inli nnr v
, ;i., r, proof tbrou"b openings in the wall, per
means resorted to to procure evideucj for iln,m '"'""r- e 1
iut,j n Amow tu number. The main onri
tho prosecution and the w.tliliold.ng trom wSdn h, . foot ... or Tuetd rollowio. At tho the prosecution itsnlf, was not, I believe
h.mhrnn tlm nutsidc. widoniDi! towards final meetinc one additional witness was tut .red upon the reoord of the trial
.i . ! -im. a , n.ni ...ril, ' ,.v.in,i rnr t l.n nrnsroMtinii nnd one for In addition to being an unreliable wit
Hie mturiur. uu auu, n? ui tu v...... f .r. r.
him of knowledge of what that evidence
would be. That not only his ho boi n uu-
Justly subjected to thr los-e,. .-juries and n -, ,nnnt. , Anf- aild a hricf dcfeDC0 writ,en cs. on the ground of bis character,
ard-h.ps before mentioned but b leu,th-wisc ' by my counsel, and signed by me, was MTIenry was a Conscript who had ,kulk-
iad inflicted upon h.m wb-..ver of 1 ' J - - M ,.gl 0ll tI,c draft, and ho appeared as a. witness
8race and mortification can ans . f o 'he . I witI1C!ses for the prosecution bad ever alter he had been arrested, and when he
.oeh arrest,, n.p.0Dcnl, t.ul, cooyicuod , P - rf bn furnU,d Be, nor any information was under a strong inducement lo make
and piiLUhmont. ; ' . . . . . as . nartieular points to be met. As hi testimony saiisfactory to tht! prosecu
He aceompanic, this Ins most respec u. to the charges of which I had one day's .ion. Ry becoming a witness he was en-
f-....in o M,.rrw nltform next the wa s I notice before 1 was called Up tor trial, "'"
hisli. This constituted a
Petitioti with a Narativo of Ids arrest, im
ii t ri nl : a fitctoinent under
' . ... . .i..fi. u r,r. a few inches
nam ot me .acts re a,.B ... v,u...B- . ( m (ha ,owor ald wldar
Mhich he was tr ed, and testimony from BUD' llluw '"" " 1 .
miiilu ue was , ; nlatforra of boards anfwering the purposo
sundrv witnesses, n the form of voluntary , P r r
nffidavits, confivmiug his avcrmru'a offict,1
And ho prays that his case.asnow brought
lo tbo attention of Congress, may bo in-,
vettigatod ; that the Cue unjustly imposed
upon him may bo refunded; that tbo
wrongs dono him may, as far as possible,
ba redressed, and hia character be freed
from all imputation arising from the pro
ccedings iu question. Aud ho will ever
of a bed. A single soldier blanket was
furnished to caoh man, but uo bedding or
The room was very damp, and at wet
times the water came through tho arch
overhead from tho earth upon it, dropping
down in the part furthest from
Thero was also sweating of tho aid
To oheck tho damnnos-s it wa.t necessary
thev were so ceneral and indefinite in ho believed his immunity from future pup
statement, that they convoyed to me no ' ishmont depeuded upon tbo value of his
useful information of tho cvidonco I was , evidence for purposes of conviction.
to answer. ! Hcdoo the faUeboods stated by him, that
I found myself accused, in tho charges tho political olubs of lSb'J were sworn to
Mr: Hulmo was fai'itibg iu the door, and
talking with tho?o who were there. He
was discouraging tho holding of a meeting,
and urged them to leave. He asked me
my opinion before them and 1 told him 1
thought jt tho best thing thoy could do to
go away. Thero were about half a doz
en consoripted men there, and about as
many otbets. It was said that soldiers
wcro coming up aud ihey wcro to destroy
tho peoplo and properly of tho neighbor
hood,aud also that the Harvcyvillo fellows
were coming over to burn out Joe IIcss,
John Keifer and Aaron Smith. These men
wfva all Citizens, and not conscripts. No
regular meeting wai organized. Mr.
Hulina went away before long, but came
back subsequently. I n'so wcut homo
uud returned a short timo before dinner.
Additional persons camo in, at intervah;
and finally before dinner, word camo
that the Jackson Township men were
coming over. About noon they camo,
soma 15 or 'J0 in number. Thoy wero
. I. .. K,.H.Ana nf llm .nnntinr a-ft 1 1. i tl ft mil IUlI
lliei UJT ireuiiJ u. ra" '""""b .,..&
towardb them, but not as an organized
company. A low men wero thero from
Fishiugcreck township. Up to this timo
nniliimr had been douo and no mectinfi
organized. I went homo for dinner, and spoke.
o .... II ...
Alter dinner vouu.
The men from each Township stood out, j
and the number was accrtained. It was
proposed to form some squads who were
to bo stationed at particular places tu ob
serve what was dono .when ihu troops
oaniej and if thoy conducted themselves
peaceably they were not to be molested
but if they comiueuccd to destroy, notice
was to bo conveyed from ono ;quad to
another and they wcro to meet together.
That was tho way I underal.6ji iV. Tho
squads wcro formed on tho ground ; a
small dumber iu each, not exceeding a
dozen, lid. McIIenry and two or three
others were aetivo in this proceeding, in
whi6h I took no part whatever, and many
others did not. Bet observing what was
going on, I forbid my sons tu havo any
thing to do with it. At this time when
parties were about to loavo, and particu;
l.irly the Jackson men were starting down
tho road, I spoke to Jercmiab Stiles and
told him this would never do ; 1 spoke also
to others present in remonstsanoc, and
to the men who were starting to stop,
which ihey did. Th-in Johu R. Davis
joined with me carnestlcy, in urging the
abandonment of the plan ol squads alto
gether. Jeremiah Stiles at onou agreed to
thi, and the rest assented. It was .con
cluded that tlie men should go homo and
do noth:Dg lurthsr,aud if tho so!dier3 came
up nud conddotcd themselves properly,
they were to be kindly treated. I advis
ed this,aud it WdS agreed to. The jquads
r.xre broken up and never met afterwards.
Tho people dispersed and I went homo
I heard uothiug at the meeting about re
sisting the capture of drafted men. When
tho soldiers arrived afterwards they wero
kindly received and well treated by the
peoplo, as far as I ki.ow.
The forecoinrc is a correot statement, in
Law or nny other Liw whatever.
The foregoing statement concerning tho
Ran'5 nieeUng and iho Political Clubs of
1803, is sustained by the testimony of ti
number of citizens whose voluntary affida
vits accompany tho present paper. Tho
witnesses aro men of standing and cred
it, to whom tho facts arc well known and
who correctly recite them. It remains
only to add, that thero never was actual
resistanco to United States officers or
troops by citizens in tho F.shiogcrcek
country ; and that iho stories circulated
about fortifications, cannon, and large bod
ies of armid men thorc organized to rc:-ift
the laws, wore not true. But the object of
tho present ftatemeut is accomplished iu
hhowing that the charges against me were
unjust, and that Military Commissions,
judged by tbe present cajo aro uusuited to
tbe investigation of truth and tho adminis
tration of Justice in the trial of citizens.
State of Penssylvania, Cou.ntv or
Before me. the Prothonotarj- of tiio
Court of Common Pleas ofsaid County,
personally came the above named William
Apploman, and being duly sworn saitb :
That the facts set forth in tho forgoing
statements are just and true,ai he believes,
and further saith not.
Witness my hand at Bloomsburg,ihi.i
29th day of November, A, D. 1804.
Hut AM Ash of Demon township, Co
lumbia County, saith : I know William
Appleman aud know that he was anxious
to raise bounty money's to eecure the fill
ing bf the quotas of the said township. I
substania, of the Raulz nioeting and of " ' ' .. h. .
my connection with it. It arose from the
reportB iu the neighborhood abovo mention
ed, and it fiually broko up and adjourned
in tbo manner I have described. My con
nection with itVas, mainly, to oppose tho
forming of squad and to advise the peo
plo to go home. It is true 1 had a pistol
with mo which I had been accustomed to
suonortod tho nronosition. This was m tho
Spring and Summer of 1864. I was at a
meeting at tbo Asdi School Houio as (t is
called near my residence. It was in the
latter part of Winter, nearly two years
ago. Mr. Appleman was there. A Sooi
ctv or club was formed in which I was
f sworn as a mf mbcr. The Oath was, to
of tho Uuited
Iladlcy was there. lie sworo mo. He
mado somo remarks beforo the Society
was formed. Thero was no opposition to
carry and had precured for a journey UuPPott tho Constitution's o
to tht. western country a short time be- States and ol this State. A
Second : Tbe secrot meetings of Oluba
in I Qm oivtnnn innnrtia linfnro X win fir.
rented, is the other point involved in the ! lU0 1PU ' v-
. . . , , .,, i It was political, and in opposition to tno
prosecution against me. And I will proceed " ""l1"""1"' if
to ttato my connection with those meet-1 Union "a&
and their true chaiacter. ' I attended also at fctur tvase s aiter-
The first mbctinjf I attended was b ; wards, in tile ssmo spnngj at a tneeung.
March 1803-1 think early in tbo month j I understood it was a Union Club. Thcru
at tbe Ash School-House. A man J was no understanding or agreement of
named George Hadlcy was thero and ! tho members to resist the Conscription
1 believe he resides in Wyoming J-. was in tnu evening, auuuie.u
At tho end of his remarks ho were somo 15 or 20 persons thero. Nono
1 Uon t
recollect of attending olhpr meetings. No
meetings have been hold since the Spring
of confederating with others to resist tho resist the Conccription Act, and that
MoIIonry and liro
Ho is not n
M lUII4rt I , .. , , ....,, ,i
Nov 30th 1801 ! lioi.nt.allhougliaitouueutooiguvuu,.
' 'piio tiro was useful also.to somo extent, in
William Appleman's Narrative. aidiDg tho ventilation, and from the chilli-
I rcide in Benton township, Columbia Bcbs of tho room was required lor com
county, Pa., and havo lived there about ' fur.abla warmth oven in September.
.... r C n onrl a' Our nriSiTll faro was as follows i io
uyour, jua-rorLl.kc,3 bread for .he day
I wa's arrest Sept. 1st, August 31st On. of boiled pork ot cf l a tin
180!, early in tho morning, ju.t at day . of coffee in the morning 01 lin of n
break, at my own house, by soldiers-' or pea soup at dinner, and a tin of coft.c
There' worsen or a dozen'of fhem, all a, ' at .g.. On ih.ee or four occa,o0s we
known to mo. Two of my uon, wero ar- drew potatoes bo.Io.l t . .
rested at tho same ff, . from their beds in ! ol scup at
l.. Un,i no,hr was arrested at his was notgoou, auu UVCu.
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house near bv. About a dozen other men
arretted in tho neighborhood were brought
was gone one or w uour,. ,w.eru.,. . --- i wbi,c T WM
was over, Edward Hcticnrv came, up io o - -
my house and got something to eat. I that those who were w.ll.ng to pin it
v . . ... . t 1 .l.nnlil mmain. Tho Sooietv was orcau-
Conscription Act, and of advising resis- their nimc was ''Knighls of tho gated and uad a gun 0, ids shoulder. I timeti called Democratic Club. Iho oath
innnn t.n it that T bad united with Others flirnlo " Ilftinn nlso. ibe eolorinf r!ven ! .. ... - - i 1 n-u tn ciinnnrt the C'onstilution of this ,
u..v , ....... , , 00 gaid tO UlUl, " 1 UlS IS unu UUSIUusa, uui- --- i-i , -i e I -
ir n Rnc.iatv nommonlv Callod V. 1.1m n ttn n,.,rr..nnna An flin Anv nf .... c n i. 1 1 nnnwnnnvvp nt lb. and Constitution of tbe , wttnin uvo xnuea oi mm,
tho fire. ! "Knights of (he Golden C.rolo," the ob- ,ho Rant, meetill,r; ii:cuding an alledgod a,dikDOW it He sat his gun down United States, to.naiaa-n fellowship to. , man of good oliaractor lor trutli a.iu ve
ide walls.; jeet of which was to resist tho draft, and j 00lveriiatiou wi(h mc, Hess, another . lho Rat0 anj went into Iho house. I geiher, and not reveal the signs of recog- rnctly.
necessary I that I had also agisted to form organize- ! wUncM b,oanjB bUch W1CI1 apirohonding I .f. ,., ,av .,, rt nmat bo so now." nition. Thero woro signs of recognition Iho report was in the neiKbborboou lor
to keep up a fire constantly in the gralo at lions of ermed Companits or squads to . tbe arret of botb Uis fathe. aud bim-olf : 1 Dof aBVlbil)' , lhal cfrc,. Matthew by which the members should know each , ictcra i 00 c , "di" S,"1
ono end of the room, but this was not tuf. rus.,t the military authorities of the U 3. ! But hl, testimony is la.a objectionable j ' uud Ef)iraim fiJcIIeury wcr0 other. Ho represented it was an organi- , A8u,t 80 1, a" c 9
Altliougti eacn anu an tneso aucgai.oi.s i al)d aa t0 tLo other witnesses, tneir state-i uh m0 nnd wuut uj0Dg jut0 tho or 2atiun iu opposition to tue uuiou i.cugues. , b -wero
absolutely aud whollyfalse.it was ; ,llcnts regarding tho old Cub meetings', fJ Notbll)R ,noru pas3cd between Ed- There was no oalh to resist conscription, Rantz Meeting a pjort time m tho tnorn-imno.-siblo.
in tho nature of tho caso, lhat I ., m imnnnain or full, and as , . i . . .ir ..- .nnli oliect nronoicd. Iu fuot 1UK' Hid not go thero on purpose. No
I .hould matt them, general and sweeping ' f;ir ns tbov werc crrollt.ou3 aro OJncotcd 1 Tl . ' ' I l.nd then been no U. S, draft, nor companies were loaned or proposed wbiln
nnm Ku ntrn(ii'n nmnfs. No I... ...l. :.1..n ' . .. . . . , i t .1... C-.t .Mi..tlni!nn ! I Was there.
a lutj ..v.v, j vb-...- , - - uy BuuFcquvut pvii.i. I went aeatn to Haiilz s at two o clooit qui i certai" " .u. w... .(.....
rulo of reason or of law can contemplato
the proof of general negatives by a tlefen
dant, or the preparation for such proof by
iiim. in a oase of this description. All
cd bv tbo charees acainU mo,
givo to them a full and comileto csaiui-
For tho present, I i.hall
I or aftr. and remained there a couple ol . Had nccn passeo.
In another paper I shall prrsent tho
who u oaau upon mc unv.:nuu u. mw. , .. ,
.. , , si',. -a
i thtro and tool: no part in wuat was oono
1 till inr thfl last, when 1 interfered in a! I subsequently atlocded other wecting
that can bo required of him is, that bo nation. For tho present, I thall reau.no Mentl statod A g0od . and Dcar Kenton ,inv.hip, as follows : '
shall contradict or explain away tbo par- my narrative, and prooccd to events sub eonverfiatioa wa3 carried on in re I At the McIIenry School House at Still-
to the road near my house and after somo
time w6 wern all marched up to tho lianton
Church and confined thero under guard
until noon. Tbcro wtra other arrested mn
t thu Ohurcb wnn we arrived there, and
wns- none furnishud
The prisoners however puroha?od pro
visions for thouuelvus, to somo extent, at
tieular testimony produced for the prose
cution, to do which it is necessary that
bo shall know beforehand what it will bo,
and oliall be in a position to prepare his
defense freely and completely.
In ordinary criminal prosecutions a pro
I went homo. I went down
I .... f. J, ... 1. r .-
t bctatiio a member nt ' aga,n 1,1 ,lie e'uoon R00l ,n le ,ue
I i 1 I .. ..-1.1
eat' that time along wilh twelve or fifteen otlt- '3 P- ' pJ,
to be treated well end nothing to bndono.
. II IRA M ASH.
Sworn and Subscribed luforo me this
311th day of .November, A. D. 1804.
Tho espouse incurred J limlnary examinMion of the witnesses lor
till) prOSCCoH'JU Uvi"l uij,ipiwt-u) m-
ables tho di fondant to learn pretty clearly
in this way was very constderubio during
tho timo I remained in confinomcnt.
On half a noglaojulla furnished
6Ta?lv in November I was taken back to g.nl lo the repor.H of threats undo all water; at tho house oi Peter Kasc i
Fort MillinandonthoTtl. my sentence Harvcyvillo, and of the various reports nontou wuero a en
with tho finding of Iho Commission, was in regard to tianger to tno iuuau..unt auu
announced to me thero. It was a Duo of their propeity by reason ot lho soldiers
Five hundred dollars, and imprUuuionl' coming up from Bloomsburg. Tho throats
until lho fine should ba paid, provided spoken of. it was understood, wero caused
however, that the imprisonment should not by the wounding a short timo beforo of a
exceed ono year". I secured tho payment young man named uonison,tn a mgtit at
the evidence h "ill b t'quirod to nw?r ' of the ttno in fifteen days and was relcajcd fray) he being engaged, ultH others, in
glas was read , at tbo Colo School Houm
inSugirloaf; at tbo School House uoar Wim.i.vu Asa of IJjnton township,
tho rcsidouoo of Abraham Manning in says s I attended oue meeting at the
Jackson; at the house of David Crossloy Fohool House a second ono when Had-
in the towu of Benton, and also at my ley was nut ihoro. Ed. M'Honrr spoko,
own house. I moon ono meeting at each and lho doors were uot closed. He mado
ol these pl icos. I also attended oos or a poitlo'.l Speech, t wai not initiated t