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             How the Southerners treated Him.
lance Committee hoping to �run the man out of the
City.�     Woodward being applied to on the subject,
insisted that no hasty action should be taken; so
they waited upon the man at the Charleston hotel,
questioned him and examined his baggage.    He
was very much scared, though proved perfectly in-
nocent of being an abolitionist and pronounced so.
This groundless accusation incited suspicion against
the denouncer, so the Vigilants visited him.      They
told him that they knew all his kinsfolk and ante-
cedents were at the north, his wife living at New-
burgh on the Hudson, that they might therefore be
justified in distrusting his ultra Southern profess-
sions, inquiring if he was prepared to fight for the
South.    �Yes by G_d, he was,� he said produ-
cing a gun or rifle, �he had brought that on pur-
pose � he�d fight against his own brother or father
in such a cause.�     That rather disgusted them,
but it served his turn for a time.        Subsequent to
the attack on the Star of the West he bragged so
offensively that the shrewd Charlestonians resolved
to give him a taste of soldiering.     So he was or-
dered with others of his corps to Fort Moultrie, to
do duty there.     He grumbled ad made all sorts of
excuses to return to the city, made something like
an attempt to desert and finally while making a               
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