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Warsaw Signal
Warsaw Signal
Contributed by Lois_Stang

Description: Dispute between Samuel Slocumb and Horace Hopkins

Date: April 8 1848

Newspaper published in: Warsaw (Nauvoo)

On Wednesday morning last, the peace of this town was disturbed by one of the most disgraceful affrays, which it has even been our duty to record. The particulars are as follows:
On Tuesday evening, a dispute arose between Samuel SLOCUMB and Horace HOPKINS, at the store of the former, when SLOCUMB fell on HOPKINS, and beat him over the head with a yardstick--bruising him dreadfully. This being the fourth assault of a like nature, made by SLOCUMB, during the last few weeks, the town authorities thought it was time to put a stop to it. A warrant was issued, accordingly, on the same evening, for SLOCUMB's arrest, and put into the hands of constable CHAPMAN, who summoned a posse, and proceeded to make the arrest. When they arrived at SLOCUMB's store, they found him armed, and ready to make resistance--and did draw weapons on the constable, and run him and his posse out of the store. The constable then returned to the court and reported progress. The court ordered him to summons another posse, and bring him down at all hazards. This time they found him at his house, armed, and ready to receive them. He flourished his weapons, and swore all the m!
en in town could not take him--but that he would attend the court the next morning. The constable and posse then left without executing the warrant.
On Wednesday morning, SLOCUMB appeared at the Justice's office, armed, and threatening the officers and everybody that came in his way--conducting himself in such a way, that it was dangerous for anyone to be in the room. A posse of the citizens was then summoned by the constable, on the outside of the building, to seize and disarm him, in order that the court might proceed with the business. The posse entered, seized him, and after a great deal of exertion, succeeded in throwing him, and extracting from his pocket a 'six shooter.' At this time he promised, that if they would let him up, he would behave himself, and submit to the court. This was agreed to, but no sooner had he gained his feet, than he drew a dirk-knife, and began to hew and cut in every direction--stabbing Mr. A. KENT in the side, very severely. At this stage of the game, one of the crowd drew a pistol and shot SLOCUMB in the back, under the right shoulder, which put an end to the proceedings.
He was assisted across the street, to the house of Mrs. BARTLETT, where he remained until there was a suitable conveyance procured to convey him to his house.
In the afternoon Wm. ALLEN was arrested, and held to bail in the sum of $500 for aiding and abetting SLOCUMB in resisting the officer.
On Thursday morning, B. BARTLETT was arrested and taken before Justice MILLER, charged with firing a pistol at S. SLOCUMB, with intent to kill. The case was put off until Tuesday morning next, at 9 o'clock, on the affidavit of prisoner, that witnesses of importance to him could not be produced before that time.
Mr. B. was also taken before Justice McKINNY, on another affidavit, charging him with the same offence, on which a change of venue was demanded, and by consent of parties it was removed to Carthage for examination on Monday next.
On Friday, the physicians thought that SLOCUMB, in all probability, would recover.

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