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The Outrage Mill

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The first southern outrage of the season took place near Laurel Hill, West Felicina parish, La., on Monday last. Telegrama frout tho scène of the disturbance received in this city on Tuesday morning described the slaughter as terrible, while the whole country was in a state of the wildest excitement. Eleven hundred men wero under arms, and ro-inforcements of infuriated whites were hastening from Mississippi to join the raid upon the unoffending blacks. Eight colorod men had been shot, four hanged, and aDout twenty wounded. "No whites killed." A dispatch from Bayou Sara, received at a later hour on the same morning, gave an acconnt of a severe engagement botwween the races in which seventeen colored men were killed " and many wounded on the line of Mississippi and Louisiana. " Of course the news of this outbreak of the rebellion created intense indignation in Washington, and Kellogg, the spurious Governor of Louisiana, hastened to implore the President to send a Federal army to that devoted State, as the only possible means of preserving the authority of the United States Government within ite borders, and of protecting the lives of her loyal citizens. A year ago Gen. Grant would probably have accoded to his request at once, but recent events have caused him to waver somewhat, and he referred the bogns Governor to the Secretary of War, who declined to interfere except in the most extreme einergency. But the alarming state of affairs was evidently the subject of great anxiety on the part of the Government, and so late as Friday last tho situation in Louisiana was tho subject of grave deliberation in a Cabinet meeting. In tho meantime, accounts from official and other sources had been coming in, to the effect that the first bulletins from the seat of war liad been a little exaggerated, and these had been supplemented by others saying that thero had been no massacre of the blacks at all. Toward tho last of the week specific details of the affair were receivod, showing that the whole disturbance amounted simply tothis: Somo negroes had stolen a cow; and resisting arrest, a riot fonowed. And, finally, the Sheriff of Wilkinson county telegraphed to New Orleans on Satui'day that quiet had been restored throughout the county, and that the trouble could have been avoided had not the colored people fired into his posse. " They were advised by their loaders," he says, "to kill the wíiíío people from tho eradle up." We fear that Uie gory flag, as a standard to rally arouud, Mili prove a failure in the coming political campaign. - ]Sew York Sun. __


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