December 2, 1865

Lawrence Kansas, Dec. 1

A party of 200 Cheyennes and Apache Indians attacked a coach on Butterfield’s express route, Sunday last near Downer’s Spring, killing six passengers and the express messenger named Marwin. After burning the coach they went to Downer’s Spring and Bluff Station, burned all the buildings, stole or destroyed all the goods and other property. One passenger killed three Indians, but was afterwards shot, his heart cut out, and his body burned over a slow fire.



December 4, 1865

Patrick Fleming, one of the murderers in the jail at Cairo, Ill., and under sentence of death, sold his body to a Surgeon for dissection in one of the Medical Colleges. The correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial says:

When approached by the Surgeon with the offer, Fleming replied that the money would do him no good, as he could not spend it. The Doctor made the cool reply that he could buy a new suit of clothes to be hung in. This idea struck Fleming favorably, and he immediately deeded his earthly tenement to the Surgeon.



December 12, 1865

Few of our citizens can remember when, in the month of December, we had such a “long stretch” of warm weather as is being experienced now in this locality. We find by turning back to the files of the Daily Courier, something of a parallel recorded in the winters of 52 and 53, when the fore part of December was characterized by uncommonly mild temperatures, with accompanied warm summer-like showers of rain. Hog-killing operations, which in those days characterized a most prominent feature in the business of Madison, were considerably interfered with, and the second week of December was hardly cold enough for slaughtering purposes. It may appear strange, yet it is true that although the present winter is warmer even that it was then; the unseasonable weather does not have the least perceptible effect on our pork-killing operations to-day, which are carried on quite as briskly as would be the case were it as cold as Greenland’s icy mountains!



December 22, 1865

“Glory to God in the Highest

Peace on Earth, Good will to Men.”

On and after December 18, 1865, no human bondage is to exist in all the borders of the United States. In another column we publish the proclamation of the Secretary of State to the fact that a sufficient number of States have adopted the amendment to the Constitution, to authorize its incorporation into the great Magna Charta of these United States. It is now a law. The manacles fell from every slave in our country….Let all the people now with glad hearts rejoice that in their day such a mighty wonder is performed….



December 23, 1865

We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

The sound will be rolling through the streets of the cities, towns and hamlets of all civilized and Christianized countries, on next Monday morn, or Christmas day. Little and big will shout their “Merry Christmas,” until it will seem as if some wild freak of fancy has seized the rising generation, as if they were suddenly deranged. Who is not happier at Christmas’ coming? For long weeks, how the little ones have been talking over the good things they were sure to receive as presents form Pa, Ma, from uncles, aunts, and more especially, that Kris Kringle would put in their stockings. The grown children anticipate parties, rides and visits. The married sons and daughters expect to make a pilgrimage home to spend a day or two at “Father’s.” What rich occasions are these: how the soul is stirred. Home, Mother, God….

Gentle reader, we write as we feel, and feel as we write. To one and all, a merry, merry, merry Christmas.



December 26, 1865

German Estimate of America.

A Berlin correspondent of the Boston Transcript writes:

It does an American good to hear men talk about our country now. When I was here four years ago, the ignorance about the Unites States was scarcely more amazing than the supercilious contempt with which this vain nation looked down upon us. We were nothing but a race of braggarts; we had no science, no art, no scholarship, no power, no well directed energy; but a chaotic mad passion for wealth, and soil which, with even our wrenched management, would make us rich. But now how changed! Now it is a pleasure to fold one’s arms and hear these people speak of America and the great scale on which everything is done here. The Germans do not push us behind the English to-day. It has been one of the good things of the war that it has not only revealed us to ourselves, but to the world. One can now go over to Europe and say I am an American, with more pride than a Roman could ever boast of his citizenship….

Therefore, a man can lift up his head in Europe now and Thank God that he is an American.



Research conducted by the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site.