Clarion-Ledger clipping

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Stewart, Isham; Ku Klux Klan (19th century)

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LETTER FROM WILLIAM.

"Hon." Isham's Chickens Coming Home to Roost - A Darkey Plays Ku Klux - Negroes Disgusted with the Rads - Tidings from Alabama - The Attorney Generals - Advice to Young Men - Crops - The Bogus Money, etc.

EAST MISSISSIPPI, Nov. 20, 1870.

Editor Clarion: I took a trip up the railroad the other day and stopped off at Macon, as I was passing up the street, near the City Hall, I heard some one pouring forth a very fervent speech, and having a weakness for good speeches, I stepped in and found Hon. H. L. Jarnagin, prosecuting Mr. Charles Stewart, son to Isham Stewart, Representative from Macon, in the Legislature. You may have seen Isham; he is slightly colored, and very little gazing would satisfy a railway conductor about the color of his skin. His son Charles is more so, and being one of the Deputy Sheriff's, and full of fun, he concluded to mask himself and "go for" some colored folks assembled, for pious purposes, at the Colored Baptist Church, or the Baptist Colored Church, I din't know which, but any way, not being in force, he did not stampede the brethren, who thinking the intruder a very young Ku Klux, surrounded him and tore off his mask. The next morning his Honor, Mayor Ames, had him arraigned for violating the statute recently made and provided for some of our thoughtless white boys. Jarnagin & Rives appeared for the State, and Charles is under bonds to appear before his honor, Judge Orr, and answer the State of Mississippi who charges him with felony.

Isham voted lustily for the statute, and Charles is the first victim.

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