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free speech and free government, and many have been deceived into their meshes; they have labored so incessantly against the policy of the present Administration, that many have landed in the enemy's camp, and many more are on the road, standing in a stone's throw of the enemy's lines. And this opposition has become so fearful and dangerous, that the ignorant and prejudiced, in many places, have sought homes in hellish secret leagues, that they might more effectually concoct and perfect, under traitor leaders, their infernal schemes of treason and rebellion for the overthrow of the Government; which resistance to the laws and Constitution of the land, if persevered in by them, must bring devastation, war, blood-shed, total anarchy, and ruin all over this once happy and prosperous country. For what? Simply to gratify a few political leaders, who are gasping and grasping for place and power, which they never can attain, but must go down to posterity, disgraced and dishonored by all the true and loyal of the country.

To all such unprincipled, ambitious leaders, the advice might be given, at once change your deadly policy; correct your false teachings to the people; help at once to extinguish the flames of secession and rebellion, and you may yet have some hope left in the great future, if the Government is sustained, for honor, place, and power.

That the right, in this great struggle for free government and free institutions, will triumph, and the Union be perpetuated and maintained, under the benign smiles of an overruling Providence, we have no doubts or fears.

Our political faith looks to a bright future, when the Union Army and Navy shall have triumphed over every opposing foe, whether he be despot or traitor; and the facts will be fully established, that man is capable of self-government, and that, with the increase of intelligence and love of liberty infused into the American mind, no power will be ever able to cope with our country in art, science, civilization, or war; and that in the galaxy of American States, Indiana will shine forth in the foremost ranks of them all, for the valor of her soldiers, the patriotism of her people, and the efficiency of her noble Governor.

BENJAMİN F. GREGORY,
JAMES M. CREGG,
CHARLES D. MORGAN,
TIMOTHY BAKER.

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ABRAHAM B. JETMORE (BLACKFORD COUNTY) SWORN.

Examined by Mr. GREGORY

Answer—My name is Abraham B. Jetmore; aged twenty-four years; residence Hartford City, Blackford county ; I am an attorney at law; I have been and am yet a life-long Democrat, when political questions should be agitated; voted for Douglas for President.

On or about the second day of October last, at a Union and War Meeting combined, at a school house in Nottingham township, Wells county, at which one John Phipps went with me for the purpose of raising recruits. After I had delivered my discourse, or the principal portion of it, Dr. Theodore Horton rose and said he wished to speak. I had asked before or after, and perhaps both before and after, the said Phipps (who was recruiting officer for the Thirty-Second Indiana Regiment,) to come forth and ask for volunteers, and he did so. Whereupon Mr. Horton came forth and began his discourse, and used, as near as I can recollect, the following language: “I always knew this (meaning the present) war was an Abolition war. The late proclamation of the President has capped the Abolition climax. You have been called upon to-night to volunteer; but has any of you volunteered? No, not one. You will not volunteer under such a policy.” I do not think said Mr. Horton answered over one or two points made in my discourse, he having came at a late hour. I think that he principally heard me in my exhortation for volunteers. I have never had any personal difficulty with Dr. Horton; on the contrary, I voted for him in 1860. I can not particularize any other language he used derogatory to the interests of the Government, but I know he used other. The greater portion of what he said in his said discourse, if believed, would have a tendency to alienate the people from the Government.

Question by Mr. GREGORY

State whether you was present at Hartford City, in Blackford county, the day the draft was attempted to be made; and, if so, state all you know about it?

Answer—I was in Hartford City that day. In the forenoon of said day, when the citizens began to gather in, there appeared to be an excitement among some of them, and had a tendency to increase, and, in the afternoon, from where I stood across the street, I saw. there was considerable indications of a mob; a good many of them having their coats off and sleeves rolled up. When the officers went across to the court house, there was a general rush made after them. After a while, I heard a considerable noise in the court house, stamping and hallooing. Immediately there was a rush made out of doors. Whereupon I was informed the draftbox was mashed. .

The persons I saw appearing to be taking sides with the mob were these: One Henry Snider came up before the box was reported to be mashed, and before the rush was made into the house, and took off his coat and laid it in the window, and rolled up his sleeves and rushed in with the rest. I saw Jess. Williams also, with his sleeves rolled up, brandishing his fists; and also John Vanhorn had his coat off and sleeves rolled up; also Leander Tarr; also John Daugherty, I think, and several others whom I can not enumerate. After the rush was made out of the court house, I saw John Vanhorn with a paper in his hand tearing it in shrivers, throwing it to the earth and stamping it. There appeared to be fifteen or twenty taking sides. From the action of the mob there appeared to be concert among them.

Question by Mr. GIVEN

State if you voted for the Democratic State Ticket at the last election?

Answer—I did not vote the ticket nominated at the 8th of January Convention.

Question by Mr. GIVEN

State if you voted the Republican State Ticket nominated on the 18th of June, 1862?

Answer I do not know of any Republican ticket being nominated that day; but I know of a Union ticket being nominated that day.

Question by Mr. GIVEN

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State who were the nominees of this 6 Union" Convention of which you speak?

Answer—I do not recollect all their names; but they are designated as “ Union” men, composed of part Democrats and part Republicans. · Question by Mr. GIVEN

Did you vote for Shanks, Republican, or McDonell, Democratic candidate for Congress in your Congressional District, at the last election ? .

Answer-I voted for Shanks - Union ” candidate.
Question by Mr. GIVEN—

Was not Shanks, in 1860, elected to Congress, and, if so, by what party?

Answer—By the then Republican party.
Question by Mr. GIVEN--

State if you were a candidate at the late election, and if so, for what office, and nominated by what party?

Answer-I was a candidate for Representative from Blackford and Wells counties; was placed upon the track by the “Union" citizens of said counties.

Question by Mr. GIVEN

Were you nominated by the Democratic party of Blackford and Wells counties?

Answer—I was not the nominee of the so-called Democratic party.

Question by Mr. GIVEN-..
What do you mean by the Government ?

Answer—I understand the Legislative, the Executive, and Judicial, combined, together with the people. . . .

Question by Mr. GIVEN-
What do you mean by the term “Abolitionist ?"

AnsweredI term it any person or persons who will use all power, or believe it right, to abolish human slavery against the will of any State or States whose Constitution recognizes the same where it legally, lawfully, and loyally exists.

Question by Mr. GIVEN—

Did you, or did you not, approve of the remarks of Dr. Horton made at that meeting?

Answer--I did not.
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· Do you approve of the Emancipation Proclamation of the President of September last, denounced by Dr. Horton ?

Answer--As Commander-in-Chief of the Army I do; but would not as Civil Executive.

Question by Mr. SHOAFF

Do you then understand that the “ Civil Executive” has vacated his seat?

Answer—I do not; but, on the contrary, I consider the President has two-fold power: First, Civil Executive; secondly, Commanderin-Chief.

Question by Mr. GIVEN-
State what part, if any, you took in the arrest of Dr. Horton?

Answer-I took no part. I filed an affidavit against him after hearing of his arrest; and based my affidavit against him upon what he said in the speech alluded to.

Question by Mr. GIVEN

What crime was Dr. Horton guilty of that you filed your affidavit against him?

Answer-He violated the proclamation of the President, discouraging enlistments, as I considered.

Question by Mr. GIVEN—.

Do you consider the proclamation of the President to which you refer the law of the land?

Answer—As Commander-in-Chief I consider that or any other proclamation to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and the integrity of the Republic in times of insurrection or rebellion, and during the existence of the same.

Question by Mr. Given

Do you then consider that it is a crime to speak or argue against the views and policy of the Executive?

Answer—As a Civil Executive I do not; but as Commander-inChief I consider it both a crime and a burning shame for any person or persons to speak or act to impede the progress of our arms, to vindicate the rights of and support our Government, and put down a causeless and unholy rebellion.

Question by Mr. Given

Can the President, by virtue of his office, exercise any except his civil authority over a State not in rebellion? Answer-I believe he can when the public safety requires it.

A. B. JETMORE.

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