Execution of the Four Conspirators.
Raleigh, North Carolina, Register [Opposition]
(21 December 1859)
We give to-day a full account of the scenes
at Charlestown on the 15th and 16th insts..
The other two conspirators will an all probability
pay the penalty of their crimes on the
gallows, and then the curtain will fall upon
the tragedy of Harper's Ferry, unless the
investigation under Mr. Mason's resolution
fastens complicity in the foray on persons at the
North and West and brings them to trial.
The affair at Harper's Ferry marks a new
and most important era in our country's history.
It will bring to an immediate solution
the question as to whether the Union can be
preserved, and the right of the South to hold
property in slaves be maintained. This is the
issue to be tried now. The trial can no longer
be deferred. The issue has been forced
upon the South, and let the result be what it
may, her skirts will be clear of all responsibility.
There has been one gratifying fact
developed by the Harper's Ferry raid. The
promptness and ease with which large
numbers of troops were brought together from
different quarters of Virginia, and the alacrity
with which the call to arms was obeyed,
will prove to the Abolitionists at the North
that although they make an occasional
foray into a Southern State, and commit a
few murders and arsons, they can never
maintain a foothold on Southern soil for more than
forty-eight hours. Virginia has showed
conspicuously that she was able to take care of
herself. Had she not been, had she stood in
need of aid from her sister States of the South,
she would have received it to an amount
more than equal to her necessities, as the
prompt tender of aid from all quarters of the
South most abundantly proves.