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October 14, 1860, Daily True Delta, New Orleans, LA.

The Florida Troubles.- In addition to the account published in our morning issue, of the troubles in Calhoun county, Florida, we have the following form the Marianna Patriot of the 2d:
Our entire force has been summoned by the proper authorities to be in readiness, with the entire militia of this county, to march, at 10 o’clock, to Calhoun county, to suppress the insurrectionary and lawless band styling themselves regulators, who are now violating the laws, creating confusion and terror among the good citizens of the county, and the lower part of Jackson. We will endeavor to gather full particulars as soon as we can, and when in our power will publish them. We regret the cause of the shortness of our editorial and news, because it shows that we are in the midst or near a band of outlaws, who are disturbing the usual quietness of our happy and prosperous country. We think it behooves every good citizen to raise his arm and voice against all such outrageous and unlawful acts as have been perpetrated and are still threatened against our citizens and those of Calhoun. Let every good citizen discountenance all unlawful acts, and frown it down at once.

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Ordered to Leave.- The citizens of Burke county, says the Macon (Ga.) Citizen, ordered three men, Peterson B. Cochrane, an overseer on the Central Railroad, at station 8 ½ , John Hart Sr., and John Hart, Jr., keepers of a store at the station, to leave those parts instant, for very improper conduct in connections with the negroes in the neighborhood.
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Rites Interfered With.- [A Hoodoo Orgy between five black girls, a slave girl was broken up]
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October 15, 1860, New Orleans Commercial Bulletin

The Alleged Slave Plot.- The excitement in Princess Anne and Norfolk counties, Va., growing out of the late alleged insurrectionary plot, is subsiding. Dick Ryan, the suspected leader, has been arrested, together with eighteen or twenty other slaves, and a white man, is said to be implicated in the manufacture of pikes of the slaves.
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October 16, 1860, Daily True Delta.

Riot Between Whites and Blacks.- In Philadelphia, on Tuesday night last, a riot took place at Eighth and Lombard streets, that promised at one time to be serious. A party of whites were standing at the corner, when some insulting remarks were made by a party of colored men, and soon stones followed the words. There being a pile of bricks convenient, the combatants had ammunition plenty, and for half an hour, the fight was kept up, the police being on duty in another portion of the ward. Pistols were also freely used, and in the course of the melee William Brown, a colored man, was shot in the head, the ball entering immediately above the left ear. The wound is considered dangerous.
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The Key West Africans.- [arrived in Monrovia, August 30, after a passage of forty-six days. One hundred and eight…died on their passage from disease contracted before and during their stay at Key West.
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Texas Intelligence.- Four Men Hung.- …four respectable citizens of this county, all members of our county court, were found hung in the public square of this town. [the reason was unknown, only that maybe because they worked for the court,… awaiting developments for further news]
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October 17, 1860, Daily True Delta

Arms From England,- The commissioners appointed under a law of the Virginia legislature, to procure arms for the better defence of the state, have been in correspondence with the manufacturers of the Enfield rifle, in England, and been offered 5000 of that arm at a price near sixty-five shillings British, or about $16 for each piece. They have written to say that they will take 2500 at that price.
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J. W. Ball, a white man, convicted of stealing a horse at Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced on the 8th instant to receive 39 lashes.
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Boundary Survey.- [The appointed] Texas boundary commissioner to meet with the U.S. commissioner and complete the boundary survey between the United States and Texas, has arrived in San Antonio….
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It is stated that there is a grand emancipation scheme now in embryo in western Virginia, which will develop itself in the course of the coming winter. The movement is to have for its leader “a distinguished gentlemen from eastern Virginia, not regarded as particularly sound upon the slavery question for many years.
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Arkansas Intelligence- We learn by a gentlemen from Lake Providence, that an abolition plot was discovered a short time since at Grand Lake. They arrested a man supposed to be implicated, and he confessed that he had from time to time ran off negroes, and sent them up the river; he also confessed to having accomplices at Lake Providence and Milliken’s Bend. The gentleman left before ascertaining what was done with him.
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Foundries and Arsenals In Georgia.- [commissioners of the state investigated and observed the foundries and arsenals to gather information for the feasibility of establishing a manufactory of arms in Georgia, and to enable the legislature at its next session to act understandingly in making the necessary provisions to that end.

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David Upton

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