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              [newspaper clipping]
  A DOOMED MAN.�Since the time when Samp-
son pulled the temple about his ears, in which he
was a prisoner, the act of one man in ruining himself
has not involved so many persons as has the mad-
act of Ossawatamie Brown.  He was a person of
most extensive correspondence and acquaintance,
and everybody who has ever done him a kindness,
or written him a letter, or even been the recipient
of one from him, are implicated with him.  Colonel
Forbes comes in for his share of ruin; and he
seems to rather like it.  He rushes into the news-
papers with eagerness, and is not in the least
alarmed at the prospect of being made particeps
criminis in the Harper�s Ferry rebellion.  He has
�peached� on the Repubicans, and they are
down on him.  Greeley is particularly severe upon
the Colonel, even to the extent of questioning his
claim to his military title; and the Evening Post
says:
  �We remember this Forbes as an immensely disagree-
able creature, an exaggerated sample of the peculiarities
of his fellow islanders�so much so, that we wonder that
anybody could bear to have much to do with him.  He
seems, however, to have been an importunate beggar,
and to have made the most of the distress of his family
in his applications for money.  What he received was
given, we suppose, partly through compassion and part-
ly to get rid of him, for most certainly there was no oc-
casion for the services of such an unpromising agent in
any enterprise whatever.�
  All this may be true; but we only remember
Colonel Forbes as a modest looking man, with a
military style of frock coat, a closely cropped
head, and an independent kind of cap.  He has
followed the business of a fencing-master for some
time back, and we should not judge him to be a
dangerous character.               
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