THE MOB SPIRIT IN CINCINNATI—DESTRUCTION OF THE PHILANTHROPIST PRESS IN 1836—DEMONSTRATION OF PRO-SLAVERY FEELING IN 1841—A DISGRACEFUL RIOT—THE SCANLAN MOB.
THE mobs caused by the pro-slavery element in Cincinnati occurred before I moved to the city, but the following accounts of them are compiled from authentic records and narratives.
I first refer to the demonstration of the mob spirit, exhibited when the office of the Philanthropist was broken into by a crowd of men, and the press destroyed.
"The 'Philanthropist' was the organ of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society, and was edited by James G. Birney, a stanch abolitionist. It was first published at New Richmond, twenty miles from Cincinnati, but in April, 1836, after a few numbers had been issued, the establishment was removed to Cincinnati.
"The pro-slavery spirit was strong in the city, but no
demonstration was made against the paper at first. The subscription
list of the 'Philanthropist' numbered 1,700, and was rapidly
increasing at the time of the disturbance. Testimony was given almost
daily of the fair and manly and respectful conduct of it. From the
time of its removal to Cincinnati, there was not the least show of
molestation till the 12th of July: At midnight a band of men,
amounting to thirty or forty in number, including those who stood as
sentries at different points of the street, made an assault on the
premises of Achilles Pugh, the printer, scaled a high wall by which the lot was inclosed, and with the aid of a ladder and plank mounted the roof of the press office. They then made their way through a window on the roof into the room below—intimidated into silence, by threats of bodily violence, a boy who was asleep there—covered his head with the bed-clothes to prevent him from seeing who were the perpetrators—tore up the paper that was prepared for that week's number of the 'Philanthropist,' as well as a larger part of the impression of an omitted number that had not yet been mailed, destroyed the ink, dismantled the press and carried away many of its principal parts. Whilst the depredation was going on within doors, a watch of the confederates was stationed in the street, near the door of Achilles Pugh's dwelling-house, to prevent him from giving the alarm. A remarkable feature in the transaction is this—notwithstanding so long time (nearly or quite two hours) was occupied in doing the mischief and that Pugh's premises lay on one of the principal streets of the city, and that the noise and confusion made by the rioters were loud enough to wake many of the neighbors (who were mysteriously admonished to be quiet), still no interference was offered by the night watch of the city to prevent the outrage.
"Although the names of the actors in this scene were not ascertained sufficiently to authorize their publication, yet there is reason to believe that some of the leaders were persons of wealth and reputed respectability who would never, before this, have been suspected of engaging in such a transaction. The work was done, as it is supposed, by their dependents and hirelings. Next morning, as soon as the damages could be repaired, the business of the office went on as usual. Whatever the character and designs of those committing the trespass were, it was plainly to be discerned that there was a plan to intimidate those concerned in the press."
This act of depredation seemed to be the expression of a state of
popular feeling existing in the city. Placards were posted on the
corners of the streets warning the abolitionists to beware, and
several of the city papers expressed the same sentiments, though in
more guarded terms. The excitement
appeared to increase, instead of diminishing, and many threats of violence were made against the editor and publisher of the Philanthropist.
A public meeting was held at the Lower Market House, and a series of resolutions was adopted expressing abhorrence of the principles advocated by the abolitionists, and warning those connected with the Philanthropist to desist from publishing it in the city of Cincinnati. These resolutions were formally presented to the Executive Committee of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society, and the members composing that committee returned a formal answer, stating their resolve to continue the publication of their paper, and giving their reasons.
This answer appeared in the city papers on the morning of July 30. The following account from the Cincinnati Gazette relates the disturbances that took place that night.
"DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.
"On Saturday night, July 30, very soon after dark, a concourse of
citizens assembled at the corner of Main and Seventh Streets, in this
city, and, upon a short consultation, broke open the printing-office
of the 'Philanthropist,' the abolition paper, scattered the type into
the streets, tore down the presses and completely dismantled the
office. It was owned by Achilles Pugh, a peaceable and orderly
printer, who published the 'Philanthropist' for the Anti-Slavery
Society of Ohio. From the printing-office the crowd went to the house
of Achilles Pugh, where they supposed there were other printing
materials, but found none, nor offered any violence. Then to the
Messrs. Donaldsons, where ladies only were at home. The residence of
Mr. Birney, the editor, was then visited; no person was at home but a
youth, upon whose explanations the house was left undisturbed. A shout
was raised for Dr. Colby's, and the concourse returned to Main Street,
proposing to pile up the contents of the office in the street, and
make a bonfire of them. Joseph Graham mounted the pile and advised against burning it, lest the houses near might take fire. A portion of the press was then dragged down Main Street, broken up and thrown into the river. The 'Exchange' was then visited and refreshments taken; after which the concourse again went up Main Street to about opposite the 'Gazette' office. Some suggestions were hinted that it should be demolished, but the hint was overruled. An attack was then made on the residences of some blacks in Church Alley; two guns were fired upon the assailants, and they recoiled. It was supposed that one man was wounded, but that was not the case. It was some time before a rally could be again made, several voices declaring that they did not wish to endanger themselves. A second attack was made, the houses were found empty, and their interior contents destroyed. It was now about midnight, when the party parading down Main Street was addressed by the Mayor, who had been a silent spectator of the destruction of the printing-office. He told them that they might as well now disperse. A dispersion to a considerable extent followed; but various other disturbances took place through the night, of the magnitude and particulars of which we are not advised."
There were some demonstrations of the public feeling next day—Sabbath—but no serious disturbances.
Several mobs collected on Monday night, but were prevented from violence and dispersed by the city authorities, and the volunteer companies acting under their orders.
The excitement died out without any more serious demonstrations. The publication of the Philanthropist was afterward resumed and continued for many years.
THE MOB OF 1841.
The next outbreak of violence, which disgraced the city of
Cincinnati, occurred in the early part of
of September, 1841. The Daily Gazette, of September 6, gives the following account of it:
"This city has been in a most alarming condition for several days, and from about eight o'clock on Friday evening until about three o'clock yesterday morning, almost entirely at the mercy of a lawless mob, ranging in number from two to fifteen hundred.
"On Tuesday evening last, a quarrel took place near the corner of Sixth Street and Broadway, between a party of Irishmen and some negroes, in which blows were exchanged and other weapons, if not fire-arms, used. Some two or three of each party were wounded.
"On Wednesday night the quarrel was renewed in some way, and some time after midnight a party of excited men, armed with clubs, &c., attacked a house occupied as a negro boarding-house, on McAlister Street, demanding the surrender of a negro who they said had fled into the house and was there secreted, and uttering the most violent threats against the house and the negroes in general. Several of the adjoining houses were occupied by negro families, including women and children. The violence increased and was resisted by those in or about the houses. An engagement took place, several were wounded on each side, and some say guns and pistols were discharged from the house. The interference of some gentlemen in the neighborhood succeeded in restoring quiet, after about three-quarters of an hour, when a watchman appeared. But it is singular that this violent street disturbance elicited no report to the police, no arrest—indeed, that the Mayor remained ignorant of the affair until late in the day, when he casually heard of it.
"On Thursday night another rencounter took place in the neighborhood of the Lower Market, between some young men and boys, and some negroes, in which one or two boys were badly wounded, as it was supposed, with knives.
"On Friday, during the day there was considerable excitement,
threats of violence and lawless outbreaking were indicated in various
ways, and came to the ears of the police and of the negroes. Attacks
were expected upon the negro residences in McAlister, Sixth and New
Streets. The negroes armed themselves, and the knowledge of this
increased the excitement.
But we do not know that it produced any known measure of precaution on the part of the police to preserve the peace of the city.
"Before eight o'clock in the evening, a mob, the principal organization of which, we understand, was arranged in Kentucky, openly assembled in Fifth Street Market, unmolested by the police or citizens. The number of this mob, as they deliberately marched from their rendezvous toward Broadway and Sixth Street, is variously estimated, but the number increased as they progressed. They were armed with clubs, stones, &c. Reaching the scene of operations, with shouts and blasphemous imprecations, they attacked a negro confectionery on Broadway, and demolished the doors and windows. This attracted an immense crowd. Savage yells were uttered to encourage the mob onward to the general attack upon the negroes. About this time the Mayor came up and addressed the people, exhorting them to peace and obedience to law. The savage yell was instantly raised, 'Down with him.' 'Run him off,' was shouted, intermixed with horrid imprecations, and exhortations to the mob to move onward.
"They advanced to the attack with stones, &c., and were
repeatedly fired upon by the negroes. The mob scattered, but
immediately rallied again, and again were in like manner, repulsed.
Men were wounded on both sides and carried off, and many reported
dead. The negroes rallied several times, advanced upon the crowd, and
most unjustifiably fired down the street into it, causing a great rush
in various directions. These things were repeated until past one
o'clock, when a party procured an iron six-pounder from near the
river, loaded it with boiler punchings, &c., and hauled it to the
ground, against the exhortations of the Mayor and others. It was
posted on Broadway, and pointed down Sixth Street. The yells
continued, but there was a partial cessation of firing. Many of the
negroes had fled to the hills. The attack upon houses was recommenced
with firing of guns on both sides, which continued during most of the
night, and exaggerated rumors of the killed and wounded filled the
streets. Thc cannon was discharged several times. About two o'clock a
portion of the military, upon the call of the Mayor, proceeded to the
scene of disorder and succeeded in keeping the mob at bay. In the
morning, and throughout the day, several blocks, including the
battle-ground, were surrounded by sentinels, and kept under
martial law—keeping within the negroes there, and adding to them such as were brought during the day, seized without particular charge, by parties who scoured the city, assuming the authority of the law.
"A meeting of citizens was held at the Court-House, on Saturday morning, at which the Mayor presided. This meeting was addressed by the Mayor, Judge Reed, Mr. Piatt, Sheriff Avery and Mr. Hart. They resolved to observe the law, to discountenance mobs, invoked the aid of the authorities to stay the violence, and pledged themselves to exertion in aid of the civil authority to arrest and place within reach of the law the negroes who wounded the two white boys on Columbia Street; that the Township Trustees enforce the law of 1807, requiring security of negroes, pledging themselves to enforce it to the very letter, until the city is relieved of the effect of 'modern abolitionism,' assuring our 'Southern brethren' to carry out that act in good faith—and to deliver 'up, under the law of Congress, forthwith' every negro who escapes from his master and comes within our borders. They requested the Mayor, Sheriff, and the civil authorities to proceed at once to the dwellings of the blacks and disarm them of all offensive weapons—and recommended search for offenders against the laws, immediate legal proceedings against them, and an efficient patrol to protect the persons and property of the blacks, during the existence of the present excitement, and until they give the bonds required by the act of 1807, or leave the city. They requested the parents and guardians of boys to keep them at home, or away from the scene of excitement. They resolved, 'That we view with abhorrence the proceedings of the abolitionists in our city, and that we repudiate their doctrines, and believe it to be the duty of every good citizen, by all lawful means, to discountenance ever man who lends them his assistance.' These resolutions adopted unanimously, and signed by the Mayor. They were afterward printed in handbills and posted in all parts of the city.
"The City Council also held a special session and passed
resolutions invoking the united exertions of orderly citizens to the
aid of the authorities to put down the violent commotion existing in
the city, to preserve order and vindicate the law against the violence
of an excited and lawless mob—requesting all officers, watchmen and
firemen to unite for the arrest of the rioters and
violators of law, and the Marshal to increase his deputies to any number required—not exceeding five hundred—to preserve life and protect property; requiring the Mayor and Marshal to call in the aid of the county militia to preserve order, and the captain of the watch to increase his force. These proceedings were posted in handbills. Intense excitement continued during the day, the mob and the leaders boldly occupying the streets without arrest, or any effort to arrest them, so far as we have heard.
"The negroes held a meeting in a church, and respectfully assured the Mayor and the citizens that they would use every effort to conduct themselves as orderly, industrious and peaceable people—to suppress any imprudent conduct among their population, and to ferret out all violation of order and law. They deprecated the practice of carrying about their persons any dangerous weapons, pledged themselves not to carry or keep any about their persons or houses, and expressed their readiness to surrender all such. They expressed their readiness to conform to the law of 1807, and give bond, or to leave within a specified time, and tendered their thanks to the Mayor, watch officers and gentlemen of the city, for the efforts made to save their property, their lives, their wives and their children.
"At three o'clock in the afternoon the Mayor, Sheriff, Marshal, and a portion of the police proceeded to the battle-ground and there, under the protection of the military, though in the presence of the mob, and so far controlled by them as to prevent the taking away of any negroes, upon their complying with the law, several negroes gave bond, and obtained the permission of the authorities to go away with sureties—some of our most respectable citizens—but were headed even within the military sentinels, and compelled to return within the ground. It was resolved to embody the male negroes and march them to jail for security, under the protection of the military and civil authorities.
"From two hundred and fifty to three hundred negroes, including sound and maimed, were with some difficulty marched off to jail, surrounded by the military and officers; and a dense mass of men, women and boys, confounding all distinction between the orderly and disorderly, accompanied with deafening yells.
"They were safely lodged, and still remained in prison, separated
from their families. The crowd was in that way dispersed Some then
supposed that we should have a quiet
night, but others, more observing, discovered that the lawless mob had determined on further violence, to be enacted immediately after nightfall. Citizens disposed to aid the authorities were invited to assemble, enroll themselves, and organize for action. The military were ordered out, firemen were out, clothed with authority as a police band. About eighty citizens enrolled themselves as assistants of the Marshal, and acted during the night under his direction, in connection with Judge Torrence, who was selected by themselves. A portion of this force was mounted, and a troop of horse and several companies of volunteer infantry continued on duty till near midnight. Some were then discharged to sleep upon their arms; others remained on duty till morning, guarding the jail, &c. As was anticipated, the mob, efficiently organized, early commenced operations, dividing their force and making attacks at different points, thus distracting the attention of the police. The first successful onset was made upon the printing establishment of the 'Philanthropist.' They succeeded in entering the establishment, breaking up the press, and running with it, amid savage yells, down through Main Street to the river, into which it was thrown.
"The military appeared in the alley near the office, interrupting the mob for a short time. They escaped through by-ways, and, when the military retired, returned to their work of destruction in the office, which they completed. Several houses were broken open in different parts of the city, occupied by negroes, and the windows, doors and furniture totally destroyed. From this work they were driven by the police, and finally dispersed from mere exhaustion, whether to remain quiet or to recruit their strength for renewed assault, we may know before this paper is circulated.
"Mortifying as is the declaration, truth requires us to acknowledge, that our city has been in a complete anarchy, controlled mostly by a lawless and violent mob for twenty-four hours, trampling all law and authority under foot. We feel this degradation deeply—but so it is. It is impossible to learn the precise number killed and wounded, either of whites or among the negroes; probably several were killed on both sides, and some twenty or thirty variously wounded, though but few dangerously.
"The authorities succeeded in arresting and securing about
forty of the mob, who are now in prison. Others were arrested, but were rescued or made their escape otherwise.
"Monday morning, three "hi rend="smcaps">A. M.—No disturbances have occurred in our city during the night. The different military companies were stationed at various points through the city. Captain Taylor's troop of horse, together with a large number of citizens, formed themselves into companies of about thirty each, and kept up a patrol until about two o'clock, when the citizens generally retired, leaving the military on duty.
"Governor Corwin issued a proclamation on the 5th of September (the day on which the mob demonstrated), calling upon and commanding all people who might be in the city, to yield prompt obedience to the civil authorities engaged in the preservation of the peace, and enjoining upon all persons to abstain from all unlawful assemblages, or any act of violence against the persons or property of the citizens.
"There was no further disturbance; and thus ended the disgraceful outbreak."
Some particulars not given in this account may be mentioned here.
While these demonstrations were in progress it was reported that a
number of negroes had fled to Walnut Hills, and were concealed at Lane
Seminary. The mob expressed their intention to ferret them out, and
breathed many threats against those who protected them. The students
of Lane Seminary heard of this, and began preparations for defense.
They formed a military company, under command of E. M. Gregory, and
collected all the available weapons in the neighborhood. Governor
Corwin, hearing of their organization, sent them a supply of fire-arms
from the State Arsenal. The mob mustered a company two hundred strong,
and started to make an attack on the "d——d abolition hole," as they
called the seminary, but hearing of the warlike preparation of the
concluded that prudence was the better part of valor, and relinquished their purpose.
"THE SCANLAN MOB"
Slaveholders from the South often brought their families to the
North to spend the summer months, and the vicinity of this city was a
favorite stopping place. In the summer of 1843, a man from New
Orleans, named Scanlan, was spending the time here with his
brother-in-law, whose name was Hawkins. He had with him his family,
part of which consisted of a slave girl, nine or ten years old, named
Lavinia. The mother of this girl, who was a slave in New Orleans, knew
that, according to the law of Ohio, a slave brought to this State by
his master was free as soon as he touched the soil; and she wanted her
daughter to profit by this law. She told Lavinia to make her escape
while in Ohio, and go to some of the Northern people who would protect
her, adding that she would whip her severely if she allowed the
opportunity to pass and came back to New Orleans with her master. She
said that she intended to escape herself some time, and in order to
identify her daughter, if the two should meet, years afterward, in
Canada, the mother put around Lavinia's neck a small gold chain, with
a pendant ornament, which she superstitiously regarded as a charm, and
gave her other little keepsakes. Lavinia remembered all her mother's
advice when she reached Ohio, and looked wistfully into the face of
every stranger, longing to find some one who "looked kind," to whom
she could apply for
help in making her escape. She soon made the acquaintance of a colored man and woman who lived near the place where the Scanlans were staying, and to them she confided her hopes and fears, and asked their assistance. They promised to aid her, and one night they dressed her in a suit of clothes belonging to one of their sons, and took her to the house of Samuel Reynolds, a Quaker, who lived at the head of what was then called Spring Street, near the foot of Sycamore hill.
Here she was concealed and remained several days undiscovered, though Scanlan had offered a reward and a strict search was made.
The wife of Edward Harwood, whose residence was near Reynolds', called one day, and being interested in Lavinia took her home with her. All the members of Harwood's family, including, then, John H. Coleman and his wife, were strong abolitionists, and they were ready, in case of danger, to defend the slave girl to the last. The rest of the story shall be told in the graphic language of Mrs. Elizabeth Coleman, who was a participant in the scenes that followed:
"We kept Lavinia closely in the house all day, but at dusk we let
her out to play in the yard, for exercise and fresh air. There was a
steep grade of perhaps twenty feet in front of the house, so that the
street below was entirely hidden from our view, and we could not see
any one approaching until he reached the top of the stone steps that
led up from below. On the sides and in the rear, however, the house
could be easily approached, as the land was
high and sloped directly to the back part of the house. At night when the lamps were lit, any person concealed outside could see directly into the house.
"One night as Lavinia was playing in the yard, the big watch dog, Swamp, kept growling as though there were intruders on the premises. Mr. Harwood and Mr. Coleman went out several times to examine, but could see no one. They said: 'That child had better come in, there may be parties about watching for her.' So I put my head out of the window and called, 'Come in, Lavinia, some one might see you.' She came in, and we heard no more growling from Swamp that night.
"The next day she was not very well, and at dinner time was lying asleep up stairs, so we did not call her to come down. Shortly after dinner, when we were sitting in the front room with the doors and windows open, a man suddenly appeared at the top of the steps leading from the street, and without any ceremony walked right into the house. Mr. Harwood and Mr. Coleman had gone down town, and there was no one there but Mrs. Harwood, myself, and a gentleman who was an invalid. We thought at once that the intruder was Scanlan, looking for Lavinia. He looked round hurriedly, and exclaimed in an excited manner: 'Where's my child? I want my child!'
"I replied: 'Your child is not here.'
"He turned toward me and exclaimed 'She is here, my slave girl
Lavinia. I saw her last night, and if it hadn't been for you and that
cursed dog I
would have got her. I had my hand almost on her shoulder when you called her in. Where is she? I want her!' The flight of stairs descended into the sitting-room, and the stair-door stood open. He went to it, saying, 'If my child hears my voice she will answer,' and he called, 'Lavinia, Lavinia!' I trembled lest she should wake suddenly out of sleep and answer him, but, as soon as she recognized his voice, she crawled between the beds and hid herself.
"Mr. Scanlan raved round the room awhile, threatening divers
things if his property was not delivered to him, and finally said:
'I'm going down town to get a warrant to search this house, and I'll
set a guard to watch you while I am gone;' then stepping to the door,
he said: 'Mr. Hawkins, come in here,' and a man whom we had not
seen—Mr. Scanlan's brother-in-law, we afterward learned—appeared at
the top of the steps and came into the house. 'Just guard this family
while I am gone,' and Mr. Hawkins took a seat in the room, looking
embarrassed and ill at ease, while Mr. Scanlan started down town. Half
way down the hill he recognized Mr. Harwood coming up in his buggy,
and, beckoning to him to stop, he informed him in a few words that he
was in search of his slave whom he knew to be then concealed at his
(Mr. H.'s) house; that he had left a guard there to await his return'
and was going for a search warrant, thinking to intimidate Mr Harwood,
and force him to give up the girl. Mr. Harwood replied, with some
warmth, that he would have no one guarding his
house, and, leaving Scanlan, he drove on quickly, and, reaching the house, accosted Mr. Hawkins: 'I understand that you are here to guard my family; we need no such service and can dispense with your presence; leave my house immediately, or I will pitch you over that bank. Leave, sir!' Mr. Hawkins stood not upon the order of his going, but went.
"Scanlan in the meantime had proceeded on his way down town, breathing out threatenings and slaughter, and going to the "Alhambra," then a popular saloon on Third Street, gathered a crowd of roughs around him; gave orders for an open bar, and, after dispensing liquor freely to all, made a speech to them relating his grievances. He then invited them all up to the hill that evening, to help him obtain his slave and to see the 'fun.' A great many promised to support him, and the excitement ran high, as they exchanged threats against the nigger thieves.
"Mr. Harwood went down town to alarm our friends, telling us to allow no one to enter whom we did not know.
"A strong, trusty person—a stone-cutter in the marble yard of Mr.
Coleman—started up to the house as soon as he heard of the state of
affairs, and on the way noticed numerous small flags stuck up at
intervals to 'blaze the way' for the mob. He threw them down wherever
he found them. By the time Mr. Coleman arrived, a crowd of people had
collected in the street below, and he saw among them an officer who
was notorious for his
sympathy with slave-hunters, and his willingness to send fugitives back to bondage for the sake of a few dollars. Mr. Coleman went up to him, said, 'How do you do, O'Neal?' and shook hands with him, then said, 'I understand that you have a warrant to search my house.' 'Is this your house, Mr. Coleman?' 'Yes, sir, I live here and claim this as my home, and wish to see what kind of a paper authorizes you to search my house.' He knew that no warrant to search the house could be legally issued, for only in case of murder or stolen property could a house be searched, and the law of Ohio did not recognize human beings as property. 'Oh, there's some mistake, Mr. Coleman, I did not understand the nature of the case,' said the other, apologetically. 'Let me see the paper, sir.' 'No,' said the other, backing away, 'it is of no consequence,' and went off down town, looking cowed and ashamed.
"Mr. Harwood returned with some friends, and saw an increasing throng in the street. No one had yet tried to enter the house, though several had started up the steps. Mr. Harwood stood at the top, with his big dog by his side, and when any one started up the steps, he said, 'Watch him, Swamp,' and the brute growled and showed his teeth till those below returned.
"Mr. Coleman, premising that there would be trouble that night,
went, accompanied by young Alf. Burnet, to a Dutch armory near by, and
procured powder, shot, and an arm-load of guns. The weapons were rusty
with disuse and had to be
cleaned before they could be used. We took up the carpets in the parlor, and gave that room to the men for their preparations. Mrs. Harwood and I bundled our valuables—silver, papers, &c.—and sent them to a neighbor's. All this time the crowd grew larger, and there were howls and oaths and cries to bring out the girl. One ruffian kept exclaiming: 'If my property was in there, I'd have it or I'd have those villains' heart's blood.'
"Alf. Burnet went and came frequently to and from town, and reported matters from there. He said Scanlan was still making speeches, the liquor was flowing freely at the saloons, and new recruits were joining the mob, though some said, 'They have shooting irons up there, and we are not going.' Earlier in the day Mr. Coleman had applied to the Sheriff to protect his house, but received the reply: 'If you make yourself obnoxious to your neighbors you must suffer the consequences.' Toward evening the street was packed with a howling mob, but they had no leader, had no interests at stake, and were too cowardly to make any attempt that would place themselves in danger, for they knew that those in the house were armed, and that they were determined.
"Between thirty and forty abolitionists, about all there were in
the city at that time, had gathered to our aid, and a council was held
as to what should be done with the girl. It was decided that she must
be taken away from the house. The suit of boy's clothes that she wore
when she escaped were put on her, and Mr. Harwood, Mr. Coleman, Albert
Lewis, and others, conducted her out of the house without arousing the suspicion of the mob. She was taken to the house of Mr. Emery, at the foot of the hill. The mob remained some time longer, without, however, making any attempt to enter the house, overawed by the preparations for defense they saw. An armed guard marched at the top of the steps, and strangely enough the crowd never thought of obtaining access to the building by any other way.
"The mob afterward went to the house of Mr. Burnet, Alf. Burnet's father, on Fifth Street, and stoned it, breaking in all the windows and damaging the whole front of the building. Mr. Burnet collected all the stones in barrels, and kept them for years as specimens of pro-slavery arguments.
"Scanlan detailed his grievances in notices printed in the city papers, but could not, forcibly or otherwise, gain possession of his slave girl, and, hearing that he was to be arrested for trespassing, left suddenly and returned to New Orleans.
"Lavinia remained at Mr. Emery's a week or two, then, dressed in the suit of boy's clothes she had worn before, she followed some boys who drove cows out of town to pasture on the hills, and was conducted by them to the house of a trusty friend. She was afterward sent to Oberlin, where she received a good education, and proving to be a woman of good ability and much intelligence, she was sent as missionary to Medina mission in Africa. A few years since she came back on a visit to see her friends, and, while in Cincinnati, she was taken sick and died."