Scenes at the South from National Anti-Slavery Standard

Fatal Rencontre
We learn from the Yeoman, the particulars of a melancholy affray which took place in Scottsville, Allen county, Ky., on the 9th instant. It appeared that a man named Borden had put in circulation disreputatable reports concerning a woman of that town, in consequence of which he was called upon by David A. Porter and his three sons, to give him the alternative of signing a retraction, or of leaving the town.

On his refusing to do either, they assaulted him, but were prevented from doing injury, and left him. On meeting him in the street, subsequently, one of them armed with a pistol, and the others with clubs and stones, they again assaulted him. The old man and one of the sons struck him, upon which he discharged a pistol with which he had armed himself previously, which took effect, lodging three balls in the old man’s breast, who died in two minutes. Borden fell at the same time, and after he was so severely beaten that his scull was fractured in several places. Hopes of his recovery were entertained.

Life in Vicksburgh
We copy the following from the Vicksburgh Whig, of the 4th inst. We learn from another source that on the morning after the outrage here spoken of, Mr. Flagg, and Mr. Hagan met in the streets, armed with double barrelled guns; that both fired; and that Mr. Flagg was slightly hurt.

“Last evening, about 5 o’clock, as I was sitting on the gallery of my law office, on Grove street, engaged in reading, Dr. Hagan, the editor of the Vicksburg Sentinel, unexpectedly appeared before me in the street, a few yards distant: and, drawing, almost immediately, a large duelling pistol, presented it at me. I was, at the time, unarmed, having no apprehension of any assault. I accordingly stepped within the door of my office, a few feet distant, in order to lay my hands on such weapons as might be there. Before I could procure arms necessary for defence and return, Dr. Hagan had disappeared.”

An attempt at the assasination of an unarmed man, so dastardly, needs no comment.


Publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard
Date: March 25, 1841
Title: Scenes At The South

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