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Description: Ford Indicted - Philadelphia Jury After a "Rebel"Date: August 13 1885
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3
A Philadelphia Jury
After a “Rebel.”
A Philadelphia grand jury on yesterday indicted Private David W. Ford, of the Montgomery Greys, for assaulting a ruffian in Fairmount park during the recent National Encampment—an incident familiar to all newspaper readers. The people of Montgomery and Alabama will learn of this unjust indictment with much regret and no little indignation. Mr. Ford is a gentleman and resented the assault of a common bully just as any gentleman would have done. Every account of the difficulty has shown that Mr. Ford was justified in acting as he did; but justice seems to have departed from Philadelphia. Mr. Ford has been dragged through various so-called legal processes, and at last an indictment is found against him. In the magistrate’s court where he was first taken he had no counsel, but one of the leading lawyers of the city represented the ruffian and he made it the occasion for a most bitter and senseless sectional speech, abusing the whole South because a young Southern soldier, a member of the military company which had been invited to that city, knocked down a bully to escape being knocked down himself. And it is very apparent that the grand jury in question sees “treason” in the conduct of a “rebel” and they feel it to be their duty to set all “rebels” an example. In other words, it looks as if a certain class of Philadelphians—a majority of those people, possibly—with to strike Alabama and the South through young Ford. It is a very ugly spectacle, to be sure, and it is enough to make every decent Philadelphian blue.
Private Ford is a gentleman and every Montgomerian will testify to his high character and good standing in the community. Our people will look for the outcome of this indictment with painful anxiety, for here where he is known Mr. Ford has a host of warm friends.