Iowa News from across the Country
- 1848 -

Rochester, New York
December 15, 1848

ABOLITIONISM IN IOWA. - A slave belonging to a person named Hughes, residing in St. Louis, Mo., escaped the other day, and was traced to Bloomington, Iowa, where he had obtained employment as cook of the American House. His owner appealed to the Courts and arrested him, whereupon the landlord of the American and a number of citizens took part with the slave; their efforts were stoutly resisted by Mr. Freeman, the master's agent, who succeeded in retaining the boy. While thus engaged, Mr. Freeman was arrested by a peace officer, and taken before Justice Cloud to answer a charge of assault and battery upon the landlord. Upon this charge he was fined $20 and costs. After an investigation of his right to arrest the negro, he was a runaway, and that Mr. F. was duly authorized to deliver him to his owner, the humane Justice discharged the boy, and decided against his being taken. This decision was hailed with applause, the negro warmly congratulated by many persons present, and to cap the climax, walked arm in arm to the American House with a respectable physician. - N.Y. Evangelist.

[transcribed by C.J.L., July 2005]


Rochester, New York
July 14, 1848

INDIAN MURDER. - We learn, that a man known here as "Pat Murphy," was killed and scalped by the Indians, a few days since, somewhere on the Maquoketa River, Iowa. - Galena Jeffersonian.

[transcribed by C.J.L., December 2006]

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