The Louisville Courier says there is now an extraordinary stampede of the slaves in that state. Negroes are daily escaping from their owners in startling numbers.––They go off, one, two, three or a dozen at a time. That paper attributes this unusual movement to the presence of numerous abolitionists. It says, "black republicans are as thick in these parts as wolves on a prairie. It is almost respectable to be a nigger-stealer."
St. Clairsville (OH) Belmont Chronicle and Farmers, Mechanics, and Manufacturers Advocate, May 27, 1858, p. 3.