NEGRO STAMPEDE IN KENTUCKY.––We learn from the Maysville Eagle, that an escape of seventeen negroes was made from the neighborhood of Washington, Mason county, of that State, on the 20th ult. They made good their way into Ohio. Only one was recaptured. The Eagle gives the following description of the pursuit and capture of one of the gang of runaways:

   They were immediately pursued by a party made up on both sides of the river, and on an attempt being made to capture one of the negroes, belonging to Mr. Wm. Nelson, he made battle and cut and dangerously wounded two men named Pose Waldron and Wm. P. Dare. The negroe was finally overcome by the party and brought back to this side of the river, where he is now safe in jail, but the two wounded men are said to be in a very critical condition, and doubts are expressed whether either of them can recover.

   The balance of the negroes are yet at large.

   The Lexington Statesman, commenting on this underground transaction, says:

   We rarely fail to see an advertisement for runaway slaves in the Kentucky papers published in the part of the State contiguous to the Ohio river.––Escapes are constantly effected from this vicinity. This and other facts which have come to our knowledge, induce the belief that there are constantly among us emissaries of the underground railroad societies aiding and planning their escapes. Slaveholders would do well to watch the movements of itinerant pedlers, lighting-rod men, and other such characters. There is but too much reason to believe that our negroes take the place of their articles of merchandise on their return trips. 

   It would not prove against the interests of the slaveholders of every Southern State to keep the watch of an argus on every itinerant pedlar hailing with person, and stock in trade, from the hot beds of Abolitionism.––These venal emmissaries should be cautiously kenned, and when trapped, be hung up as trophies "for future generations to wonder and gaze upon."


"Negro Stampede in Kentucky," Troy (AL) Independent American, October 14, 1857, p. 2

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