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been in prison almost four minths; haven't yon punished them enough to let them have a trial ?” “I have ro trial to give; I leave that to my successor;" was the reply. Mr. Raymond (the Republican) then said: “I am sorry to hear such a remark from you as you made to my daughter a moment ago.” “I am not sorry. I repeat it. You ought to be
“. . ashamed, not to have brought your daughter up better,” said this model of suavity, and thus the interview ended.
On the 14th day of February, 1862, Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, who had succeeded General Cameron, issued an order, by direction of the President, taking the political prisoners, as prisoners of state, out of the hands of Seward, and placing them under the control of the head of the War Department, and stating that all who were not spies of the enemy, or of such character that their liberation would be dangerous to the public safety, would be liberated upon their signing a parole not to give aid and comfort to the enemy, of which the following is A copy :
" FORT WARREN,
Boston Harbor, Feb. 22, 1862. “1, (here follows the name,) a prisoner, do pledge my word of honor, that I will render no aid or comfort to the enemies in hostility to the Government of the United States.
(Signature)” They signed this parole on the 22d of February, and on the next day, the 23d, they were landed at Boston, and Government care for them ceased.
On the twelfth day after the arrest of these gentlemen, two of the marshals concerned in their seizure returned to Malone, and, taking with them the sheriff of the county and several constables to protect them against helpless women and children, thoroughly searched their houses and offices, took from them all the private letters and papers, the accuInulation of years, many of them valuable, and sent them to the Secretary of State ; and up to this time they have not neen able to recover them
RCHIBALD MCGREGOR was born in Hamilton, Scot
land, in December, 1819. His father, John McGregor, was educated at Glasgow University, was a teacher in Scotland, and, till near his death, was a successful teacher of an academy at Wadsworth, Ohio, where Archibald received his education. It was love of liberty, and opposition to the British system of government, that induced the father to emigrate with his family to America, in 1828. In these principles, he carefully educated his family; and, like his father, the subject of this sketch has ever been a zealous and influential Democrat. In 1848, Mr. Archibald McGregor was solicited by the leading Democrats of Cauton, where he was teaching, to take charge of the “Stark County Democrat." He accepted the offer, and still continues the business, assisted by his son. Mr. McGregor has filled the positions of County School Examiner, County Auditor, member of the Canton Board of Education, and School Examiner for the Canton Union School. editor, he has always published a vigorous, fearless, and decidedly Democratic paper — devotion to principle transcending all personal considerations.
In 1854–55, his paper dealt heavy blows against Know Nothingism; and his speeches over the county, exposing that infamous organization, brought down upon him the whole vengeance of the party. Ever avoiding personal wrangling, he, as a public man, has been accustomed to great plainness of speech. As will be seen, Mr. McGregor was an object of especial Radical attention during the late war. His invariablo gentlemanly deportment, and high character as a citizen always commanded the respect of the Conservative portion of his political opponents, even in the time of their wildest fury
From the beginning of the late civil war, Mr. McGregor was greatly persecuted and maligned by the “trocly lnil" denizens of his section. He has suffered imprisonment, logg
โ of property, and received other attentions, tending to prove him an unswerving friend of constitutional liberty, and one not to be driven from the path of duty by the clamor or threats of his opponents.
On the evening of the 17th of April, 1861, Mr. McGregor was seized by a mob of several hundred excited and infuriated men, at Massillon, Ohio, whither he had gone on business — their excuse being that his paper did not favor the war, which had then broken out.
The mob were about to hurl him into the canal, when the Mayor -- a Republican - came to his rescue, and succeeded in getting him into his office. The mob surrounded it, and yelled for a victim. After about an hour or so, a carriage was procured, and, aided by a body-guard, he succeeded in passing through the vindictive crowd, whose demoniacal shouts rent the air, and, having entered the vehicle, was rapidly driven to Canton, a distance of eight miles.
Arriving there, and before going to his home, he called upon a Democratic friend, to inform him of the outrage at Massillon, and there learned that an excited crowd had also been ranging about Canton, in search of him as their chief object of vengeance. This mob had been in waiting at the railroad depot, expecting him to return home in the evening train, and, not finding him there, proceeded thence to his house, where they called for him by name. Mrs. McGregor stepped upon the portico, and demanded their business with her husband, and ordered them away. These were the first lucky escapes, but by no means the last ; for his paper, coming out every week, kept alive the animosity of the war party, and made him a constant object of their vindictiveness. This they manifested in various ways - withdrawal of patronage - loss of subscribers — threats of persona injury, and lestroying his office, which was doue on th: ? Susi of August.
It is unnecessary to detail the numerous personal risks to which such a man as Mr. McGregor was subject. For a time he could not walk the street without hearing from behind him, frequently muttered, “ Traitor.” If he took the cars to travel, he was sure to be recognized by some sneak, who would endeavor to excite the ire of the passengers or " soldiers ” — which latter generally comprised a large portion of the passengers — against him. This may serve to show the constant danger to which prominent Democrats were exposed, during the first year of the war, and even afterward, from the fury of a mob, who, ceasing !o be governed by reason, were led on by their frenzied passions. Although Canton was usually a Democratic town, yet there, as elsewhere, the Abolition war furor was para'r.cunt.
If a Democratic paper did not proclaim war with the zeal of a Mohammedan, and denounce all who oppa.ed it with the opprobrious epithet of “traitors,” and recorr mend them as fit subjects for “the rope and the halter,” the editor hiniself was liable to receive these delicate attentions.
The feverish state of the public mind was such, that in a few minutes a crowd of frenzied individu als could be got *ogether ready for the commission of almout any manner of riolence. Ropes were hung upon all the lamp-posts abont the town, and “ Death to traitors ” was p ominently posted np. Amid this wild fury and rage, Mr. M Gregor continued to issue his paper, without swerving or crioging, yet with a degree of prudence of expression which çave his venomous political enemies no opportunity for wreaking vengeance upon him, although they frequently sent marked copies of his paper to the Departments whence issued the orders for arbi trary arrests.
On the night of August 22, 1861, the newspaper and job office of the “Stark County Democrat” was broken into by a Aquad of new recruits, mostly sons of prominent families of Canton. The leader in this nefariou, work was Lieutenant Elward S. Meyer, son of an attorney at law in Canton. Не was aided by Jeff Reynolds, son of Jadiun, Reynolds, O. F. Browning, Jr., Thomas Patton, Jr., and several others, about twenty in all. The office was in the second story of the county buildings, on the first floor of which were the county offices. The building not being occupied, no alarm was given, and they went on with their work of destruction unmolested. Several Democrats saw the affair, but gave no alarm, fearful, probably, that serious consequences might ensue by arraying one portion of the community against the other.
The marauders did their work effectually, making a bonfire in the street, and burning wood, type, stands, cases, and all that was combustible. The destruction was amplete, the old newspaper hand-press being the only article on any value that escaped.
Mr. McGregor knew nothing of the destruction of his office till' near breakfast-time the next morning. lle had been in the habit of guarding it till eleven or twelve o'clock, und at times having a guard remain over night. The estab. lishnient lad often before been threatened with destruction, but hopes were entertained that it would continue to escape.
The news spread over the country like wildfire, and the excitement and indignation among Democrats were intense. Two days after, a meeting was called, and it was largely at tended by the staunch Democratic farmers and others. Mr McGregor addressed the meeting in some suitable remarks, laring his enemies to point, in his paper, to one expression of his opposing the Constitution and Union of our fathers, or advocating secession, or a dissolution of the Union.
A few contemptible “ War Democrats” busied themselves in poisoning the minds of regular Democrats against Mr. McGregor and his paper. In fact, the needy crew were after profitable places in Radical Egypt, and wished to gain favor by preventing the re-establishment of the paper under the in 11spices of its old editor, on the plea that he was too extreme m his views, etc. Learning their scheme, Mr. McGregor assured the meeting that he would issue a Stark County Demo rrat the next week, and every week afterward. It might not