STAMPEDE OF SLAVES.--On Saturday night last, four negro men, respectively the property of Maj. Henry Nichols, Wesley Barrett, I.N. Lair and Wm. Brannock, all residing in this vicinity, "made a break" for Ohio. The boys belonging to Messrs. Barrett and Brannock, succeeded just before daybreak Sunday morning, in crossing the Ohio at Augusta. The other two were not so lucky. Day dawned upon them some four miles this side of Augusta, causing their discovery and arrest. They state that this movement has been contemplated for some length of time; that they had arranged to meet at the house of Bill Leander, (f.m.c., living several miles below town,) at a certain hour on Sunday night, when all four were to have started together. Barrett's and Brannock's boys waited at Leander's until the appointed hour, and then started. Some three-quarters of an hour after they had started, the other two reached the place of rendezvous, were informed of the departure of their comrades, and pushed on after them with the success above narrated.--Cynthiana Age, 27th.
"Kentucky Items - Stampede of Slaves," Louisville (KY) Daily Courier, May 30, 1859, p. 1