SLAVE STAMPEDE.––FOUR DROWNED.––Seven runaway negroes from Mason county attempted to cross the Ohio in a skiff on the 9th inst. six miles above Maysville. The boat upset and four of the negroes were drowned. The three others, and a slave who they had hired to take them across, saved themselves by clinging to the skiff, until relieved by a Mr. Mitchell, who heard them call for help. They were all taken to jail, and the negro who attempted to ferry them across was tried before a magistrate and sentenced to receive 39 lashes.
"Slave Stampede - Four Drowned," Charleston (SC) Mercury, September 24, 1849, p. 2