Senator Mason boasted the other day that dire experience was beginning to teach the African race who were their true friends. So many negroes were applying to return to Slavery that Virginia and Texas had been compelled to provide means to permit them to do so. This same discovery seems also to have extended into Kentucky, but as there the negroes act for themselves, instead of being acted for by others, the movement is in quite another direction. The Louisville Courier refers to an extraordinary stampede among the slaves in that State, who, it is said, are daily escaping from their owners in startling numbers, two, three, or a dozen at a time.
New York (NY) Tribune, May 11, 1858, p. 4