Fiendish Outrage in South Carolina

January 6, 1860

Derived from the New York Independent, here is the story of James Power, a native of Wexford, Ireland, twenty-three years of age, a stone-cutter by trade. He had been employed in Columbia for about nine months. “The only opinion he ever expressed against slavery was that it caused a white laborer in the South to be looked upon as an inferior and degraded man. But this was enough. The remark was reported to the Vigilance Committee, who immediately ordered the police to arrest him.” Then follows the story of his being whipped by negroes forced to do it, then a tarring, and finally being put on the negro car of a train, sent toward Charleston, with further threats. A Charleston prison he give relief.