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BORDER RUFFIAN BASCALl ,
Isaao 3. Hasooll's Oaroor in Kansas
Driven Out of Kansas bjr Iioyal
Union Men and Hidden by
nuHlnvlmckors Near Rush-
vlllo , Mo.
A Matter of Record.
A few days ago a prominent merchant ,
Who formerly resided lu Missouri , returned
from a visit to his old home. la talking
abouttho incidents of his trip ho remarked :
"I was very much amused over a talk I had
with some rampant old confods near Rush-
vlllo. One of thorn asked whether Isaac S.
Hascall was still on deck at Omaha , and
when I told him that ho was , ho said :
" 'Ho'i a staunch old democrat , and a man
we admire. ' "
" 'Why , he's a stalwart republican , and
has Just been nominated by the republicans
for the state senate. ' "
" 'You're Joking , ain't you I Why , Has-
call was one of our wheel-horses. Ho fought
against the Froesollors , and finally shot one
of these Llncolnltos over In Kansas. He getaway
away across the river , and wo hid him down
This reminiscence of Hnscall as related by
the Omaha moronant was promptly followed
up by TIIK UKK and a reliable correspondent
at Atohlson was directed to interview the old
Bottlers at Atohlion and Kuslwillo and report
wha the could loam with ref oroiico to Hascall a
life on the Missouri-Kansas border. Follow
ing Is the report :
llQItDKH 11DFF1AN LAWYER.
ATCiiibOx , Kai. , Oct. 30. [ Special to Tns
Uuc. ] Judge S. H. Glenn , ono of the oldest
settlers in Atohison , was called on and asked
if he had over known Isaao S. Hascall , and
what ho know of hit early reputation , ho
" 1 came hero In ISoO. Isaao S. Hascull was
hero then engaged in the law business with
another pro-slavery man by the name of
Hereford , the style of the firm being Here
ford & Hascall. Howtu a rnbld secessionist ,
and loudly boasted that he was a rebel of
the deepest dvo. On the sign , hung outsldo
his oQlce , wore the words , 'Border Uuffian
Lawyer. ' * The associates ho seamed to culti
vate wore men of that class , the
bushwhackers from Missouri , with whom
tie always endeavored to stand In.
Hascall , I bollove , came originally from New
York state , and avowed himself as a demo
crat. In ' 01 he was the domocratlo candidate
for the mayoralty of Atuhlson , and had for
an opponent Captain Qoorgo H. Falrchilds.
About this time u largo number of democrats
from the north came in , who wore "free
Rollers" or nothing. Hascall was universally
despised by nil free soil democrats In the vi-
Cuilty , to soy nothing of the republican ele
ment , and Hascall was overwhelmingly de
feated by the joined forces. At this tlmo
there was a South Carolina pro slavery law
firm named Carr ft Hoadlcy doing business
here , who had come out to endeavor to make
Kansas a slave state. Thcso men Hascall ,
with others of hli Ilk , Including a large mob
of MlsMurlans , Joined forces with , and ono
day early lu ' ( H the loyal Inhabitant * armed
themselves , and drove Hascall and his gang
out of the state. HosoaH'c property was con
fiscated. The house , a T > rlck structure , still
tands on Second itreotIn this city. I bo
llove though Hasoall afterwards got a small
uua of money out of It. Hascall was per
sonally one of the most offensive men I over
met. Hta legal attainment * were of tb ' , 'po-
lice court rustler" stamp , and that was about
nil the practice he had hero. I never heard of
his shootimj anyone in this part of the coun
try ; in fact , ho was too cowardly to do any
thing of that sort. I don't think ho did any
actual fighting for the south ; all the fighting
ho cared to do was with his mouth. So ho is
a republican now. Well , It only boars out
my constant opinion of the man. Entirely
without principle , deceitful , and always
looking out for Hascall first. "
Major Crowoll , who was an United
States postofUco Inspector in Kansas
and Missouri in carlydays , was seen
and asked if ho had known miscall in 1859
and 1800. Ho replied :
"Yes , I distinctly remember Hascall. Wo
drove him out of this country at the point of
the revolver. Ho was a great blow hard In
his views on the slavery question ; a rantt
rebel , and always shouting It. I no vor hoard
of his shooting anyone down hero ; It might
have occurred back somewhere in the state ,
If ho did so , as I know of ovcryono who was
killed along the river during these troublous
times. You see Hascall was hand and
glove with a pretty hard crowd of
rebel sympathizers , and although a
northern democrat , was as rabid as any
southerner in the mob of bushwhackers who
came across the river. So in ' 01 wo deter
mined to clear thorn nil off Kansas soil. Any
man who would not shout 'Hurrah for Lin
coln' had to go. They didn't want to , but
they saw wo meant business , and they went ,
quick , too. "
xour correspondent went to Rushvlllo ,
Mo. , a town of about six hundred
inhabitants , and mot so mo of the old set
tlors. Hushvillo , during the war , was a rebel
hot-bed and was a bushwhacker headquar
ters. To this day the sentiment's of the men
who were slaveholders before the war are
distinctly rebellious. A letter of introduc
tion to Uncle Hilly Wolls. as he Is called ,
paved the way to further Introductions. Mr.
Wells was asked if he know Hascall :
"Knowhlml J should say I did I When
ho loft Kansas ho came over to us , and lived
for six months or more in that little house on
the hill , " and ho pointed to au unpretentious
housn not far away.
"What wore his politics then ! "
"Ho was a good democrat , sir , and a fer
vent pro-slavery man , as wo all were. Ho
wont with mo to the Lccompton convention
and helped frame the constitution. "
At this Juncture Al. Fcnton , an old settler
and a man of considerable means , strolled
up whittling a pluo stick , and listened to the
"Did you know of Hascall's ' over having
killed a man In Kansas in 1301 , Mr. Wells. "
"Yes"broke in Mr. Fenton , "it was claimed
that ho was the man who shot old man Hurt-
Undo Billy was much annoyed at this in
terruption , and excitedly "denied this. Mr.
Fenton saw ho had made a mistake , aud
nervously expectorated into the road.
"No , sir , " thundered Uncle Hilly , "I re
gard Mr. Hascall as a high-minded , high-
toned gentleman , and when he was among
us ho was very popular. "
"Did Hascull avow himself to be a rebel ,
Mr. Wella ! '
"Yes , sir , ho did. It wasn't very healthy
lu Rushvillo for u union man at that time. "
Bv this time u crowd of village loafers and
lank Mlssounans , with a pig and u couple of
yellow dogs , gathered about Undo Ulllv and
the reporter , and the conversation became
general. Many of the older men remembered
Hascall , and they all expressed admiration
for the man's noble quaUtloa and his demo
cratic principles. When told that ho was a
republican , their disgust was manifest. One
old gentleman said : "Well , I'll be gosh
darned ! " and wandered off , wagging his
head sadly. On the Missouri slilo of the
river thu people who had known Hascall all
poke highly of him until Informed of his re
AtU'r this letter had reached THE 11 BE of-
lice a reporter was directed to interview
Hascall personally and got his side of the
In ono of his haunts on Farnam street
Hascall , surrounded by a crowd of thirsty
councllmon and politicians , was purchasing
round after round of beer.
Ho was called to ono side and asked ,
"Were you la Kansas or Missouri in 1859 or
"Yes , " ho replied , "I was. "
"What were your politics in these days
"I was a republican then as now. My
father was a staunch democrat , but I have
always been a republican. "
"Did you over profess sympathy with the
south bcforo or during the war ! "
"No sir. I was a union man and a good ,
true one , sir. "
"Did you have anything to do with killing
a man by the name of Hartman in 1801 , Mr.
Hnscalll" bluntly asked the reiwter.
"Nothing whatever , sir , I'll toll you
about that case. Yon sea Hartman com
mitted suicide at St. Joe. He was a noted
Jayhawker and horse thief , and was shot ono
night by a party , that's all. "
When asked about his "border ruffian law
yer" sign , ho laughed and said It was merely
a Joke. "Tho same , you know , " ho said , "ns
If Bomo of my friends wcro to como up to mo
say , 'Hollo , you old rascal. ' " This simile
was too much for the roK | > rtor , and ho burst
out laughing , in which Mr. Hascall Joined.
"Now , young man , " ho continued , "if you
want to know anything of my antecedents I
can refer you to a dozen men. " Ho then
called the names of two or throe mon who
are known to bo strong friends of his , with
whom ho has political connections.
Mr. Hascall then Joined his
party , but shortly returned , bringing
with him a man of about thirty-five years of
ago , whom ho said had known him all his
life. Ho was Introduced to the reporter , and
paid ho was a farmer from Iowa. Ho Imme
diately stated that ho had known Hascall all
his life , and had known his father well. Ho
was asked the political belief of Hascall's
father. "He was a republican nil his life , I
knew him well. "
"You are uro he was a republican ! " asked
the ropoi ter.
"Yes , I nm sure of it ; ho was always a re
This was somewhat of a shock to the re
porter , as Hascall himself had said , but a few
moments before , that his father had always
been a democrat.
"Did you over know Hascall in Kansas ! "
he was asked.
"Oh , yes ; I knew him at Ashton , " be re
"Don't you mean Atchlsonl"
"No , I think It was Aahton. "
The gentleman had evidently not been
thoroughly posted before , ho WAS brought in
to be interviewed , and this was so palpable
that the reporter wasted no further tlmo on
him , and he was bidden "good day. "
A FLAT CONT1UDICTION.
A party who know Hascall's father during
the war stated last night that be was not only
a rank copperhead anil rebel sympathizer ,
but had been accused of organizing a lodge
of the Knights of the Golden Circle. These
knights In New York , as in Indiana and in
the northern border states , wcro llko the
lories of the revolution , disloyal and plottiu R
against the government.
An old resident of Otnuha , who was Inter
viewed by the reporter , said In substance :
' When Hascall came hero ho had letters of
introduction from Missouri robot sympa
thisers to J. M. WoolworthJames O. Mcgeath
and others us u man who was entitled to help
from staunch democrats. He was appointed
probaU ) Judga at the instance of leading dem
ocrats , und-was outspoken in his , disloyalty.
The idea of Hascall pretending that ho was a
union man 1 I hoard a great many socosion
and copperhead speakers both north aud
south at the outbreak of the war , but never
in all my life did I hear such venomous , ma
lignant and treasonable talk as I heard Has
call muko in the first speech ho delivered at
the old Douglas county court house. Ho de
nounced Lincoln and the great loaders of the
union in terms that wcro so shocking and de
praved that I could not bear to listen to
them , and left the hall with many others
indignant and disgusted.
THE SIGHT COXFIKMED.
A very intimate and close friend of Has
call's , whoso name is withheld by request ,
was next seeu.and told the story of Hascall's '
life , in Kansas and Missouri. It confirmed
the story of his career as a pro-slavery
border ruffian loader. It told of the flight
Into Missouri , and the residence there for
six months. The bushwhackers of Missouri
were in Atohison constantly , and Hascall Is
said to have been with them night after
night , neglecting hl.s wife and homo. The
night Hartman was shot it is claimed that
Hartman was in the party , but whether" ho
himself shot the man is not known. The
statement that Hascall , with other treason-
plotters , wore driven out of Atchison finally
by the union element of the population , was
also confirmed , and his denial refuted
beyond a reasonable doubt.
The -'Q" Going to the Coast.
New York Times : It is stated that
some important extensions which the
Burlington company hits long hud In
contemplation will bo curried out during
the coming1 ycur. The work would
have been begun long ago but for the
great Btriko last March. Now that the
Burlington has largely recovered from
the effects of that disturbance it is pre
paring to resume its westward march
and push to completion its through
route to the Pacific coast. If reports
are to bo believed it is the intention of
the company to build more miles of
railroad next year than in any ono year
of its past history , and the extension of
the Cheyenne branch to Fort Collins to
North Park , will bo undertaken first
There are geographical reasons for
believing that the Burlington will
build its transcontinental line by way
of Port Collihs. ' The system covers
a large strip of country 100 or 500 miles
wide , duo west , with three parallel
lines and many intersecting lines. The
southern parallel , line runs to Denver ,
the northern into Wyoming and is
known as the "Broken Bow route , and
the central is the now line that runs
from Holdredgo , - Nob. , duo west to
Sterling , Cnl.jiinQ then duo west in the
direction of Fort Collins to within 50
miles of that'nolnt , whore it takes a
sharp turn aud. , uns northwesterly to
Cheyenne. From this turning point
preliminary surveys have boon made to
Port Collins andwest into the Poudro
Canon , and so this is believed by the
people of that region to be the chosen
route througlrthb Rocky mountains.
It is hinted that ono of the improve
ments to bo made during the year will
bo the changing of the grade of the
Denver , Utah and Pacific to the stand
ard width and the oxtoiiblon of the line
northward through Fort Collins to Lnr-
There ia what is called a Juvenile
Penny Savings bank at New Haven
Conn. It Is opened once a week , and
encourages children to make deposits.
The interest ia given according to the
nuintwr of deposits and not according
to the amount deposited , and thus a deposit -
posit of ono Cent wilt receive as much
interest as. one of ton or twenty-live
Beware of imitations. ;
HASCALL CLIMBED A TRANSOM
An Interesting Obaptor of Nebraska
BUYING FORGED LETTERS
A Great Plot Concocted by a Brace of
Rascals Knocked Into a
Cocked Hat and Ex
Bogus Affidavit Making.
The senatorial contest of 1870 was , as ev
erybody remembers , ouo of the most exciting
political struggles that has ever taken place
in Nebraska. The state was torn up by two
republican factions Hitchcock and antl-
Hltchoock. The Into Senator Hitchcock was
condldato for re-election , and against him
was pitted the famous quintette Saunders ,
Mandorson , Cowin , Briggs and Crounse.
Hitchcock and the Ins had full control of the
federal patronage , owing to the dofcction of
ox-Senator Tlpton. Besides this federal con
tingent the Hitchcock faction had for its
powerful ally the Union Pacific railway , with
its array of politicians. The anti-Hitchcock
forces wcro more or less supported by the
Burlington road , which at that time was at
swords-points with the Union Pacific over the
question of prorating with it on traffic west
of Kearney , then the B. & M. terminus.
Soon after the legislature mot in January ,
1377 , Hitchcock's confidential lieutenants
began to exhibit to members of the legisla
ture a batch of letters signed by Mr. C. E.
Perkins , president of the Burlington road ,
directed to T. M. Marquett , its general attor
ney , in which the latter was instructed to
support Briggs and Saunders and supply
them with all the necessary funds to olcct
ouo or the other to the senate. There wcro
also certain pretended cipher dispatches that
purported to have passed between Perkins
mid Marquett , all of which were coutlrma-
tory of a
coxspniACT TO connupt
the legislature. These documents were ac
companied by an affidavit from ono Finn-
nlgan , private secretary of the president of
the Burlington road , vouch ing for the genuineness -
ness of all the papers , and adding testimony
of his own as to what ho had overheard in
his confidential position. As soon as Saun
ders and Briggs became aware that these
papers were being secretly circulated among
members of the legislature , they publicly de
nounced it as an
to blacken their reputation , and President
Perkins , of the Burlington road , telegraphed
from Chicago that his name bad been forged ,
and the Flannlgan affidavit was a piece of
rank perjury. This explosion and
the flight of Flannlgan from the
country , was followed by an in
vestigation through tbo legislature.
The testimony taken before the legislative
committee brought out the fact that Flannl-
gnn had been paid $600 for the forged letters
and false affidavit The parties to the trans
action were one H. O. Adams , who , three
ycara later , was indicted for and
of embezzlement In the Dcudwood postoffico ,
and Isaac S , Hascall , who at that tlmo was
playing political boss in the Second ward.
Hascnll'a testimony before the Investigating
committee was to the effect that Adams nnd
hhnself had arranged a mooting with
Flannlgan and consummated the bargain
ono Saturday night. The certificate of
Flannlgnn's affidavit being dated on Sunday ,
Hasoall was cross-questioned as to why it
was sworn to on Sunday. This brought out
the fact that the trio had been unable to pro
cure a notarial seal the day previous and
Hascall went with them to the United States
court house , and finding tbo clerk's office
locked , ho
CLIMDCD THE TRAXSOU ,
struck a match in the room , and soon took
possession of the seal belonging to the clerk
of the Unltod States court , which was made
use of on the occasion.
This testimony was corroborated by Ad
ams , who claimed to have assumed the re
sponsibility and risk attending this plot. Being -
ing a private citizen , Hascall got off without
prosecution , but the method by which ho got
possession of the seal and the forged docu
ments and fraudulent affidavit show what ha
Is willing to resort to when ho has an end to
accomplish. The testimony taken during
this memorable Investigation was printed in
pamphlet form and given wide circulation at
the tlmo , but like many ether chapters in
Hascall'a history , has almost boon for
gotten , even by those who were on the
BOMB FUNNY THINGS.
The Fly and the Statesman.
Detroit Free Press : Once upon a
Time , as a Statesman was writing out a
great speech on the Tariff Question , a
Fly began Buzzing about his head and
face in a Most Annoying Manner , and
this was kept up so long that the States
man finally lost his patlonco and in
dulged in some Forcible Language.
"Ahl but who would Believe that a
Great Man like you would bo put out by
a Llttlo Insect like mol" sneered the
"It's your smallnoes that BO Provokes
me , " replied the Statesman. "If you
were an Ox or a Horse I would suffer no
ridicule by losing my Temper and
Driving you Away. Let me give way
and Fight a Fly aud everybody would
Laugh at mo. "
Ward Strikers can safely Insult and
Malign Congressional Nominees.
The Parrot and the Owl.
Detroit Free Press : The question
having arisen , "Why Do WoEat'r1" the
Parrot Challenged the Owl to a Dis
cussion and loft the Decision to the
Snrpont. The Parrot went back several
Thousand years to Prove that Adam
Ate and was Obliged to Eat. and that
nil Mon who came after him had been
Obliged to oat , and used up the best
part of two hours in drawing compar
isons , Making Deductions , and Clinch
ing His Points. When he finally sat
down wet with Perspiration , hut Flat
tered byjhis own Arguments , the Ser
pent asked the Owl to begin.
"Gentlemen , " said the Bird , as he
olowly arose , "I have only a word to
say. It ia my Opinion that wo Eat be
cause we were Built that way. "
The Serpent Promptly Decided that
the Owl had the best of it , and when
the Parrot raised a howl over it the Fox
chucked him under the wing and said :
"Blab is a good thing , but Brevity
and Common Scnso most always hit a
If some Lawyers wore Dumb they
would double their Patronage.
The Nail and the Hummer.
Detroit Free Press : A Null which
was About to ho Driven into a Board
complained to the Hammer :
"Ahl but have you -no Feelings ? Beheld -
hold how etraignt and smooth and
hnndsomo I am , and then think of the
Fate to which you would consign rael"
"My Friend , " replied the .Hammer ,
as ho made ready to Drive , "us a Nail
lying around loose you will ho kicked
Aside by all , and in u short time Rust
would deprive you of your Strength ,
and Beauty. As u Nail helping to hold
this Board to the House you have a Mis <
siou and are Depended on. "
An Idle Man is of No Account , oven
Detroit Free Press : It was when
winter was just closing in , and the frost
was making the planks crack and snap ,
that I mot Undo Sandy. Ho was ot
real old African stock , with a emilo al
ways covering his face , and ho laughed
heartily as bo stopped mo and said :
"I wasjista-linkiu'l 1 was jiat a-fmkiu1
dat if I should moot do angel Gabr'cl ,
an' ho should ax mo to walk wld him ,
an' dese yore butos should trow me
down , how 'shamed do ole man would
bo of hissolf yahl hal hnl"
Ho hold up one foot and then the
othor. I could see his black toes poop
ing through the holes. I gave him
some money to get repairs made , and it
was three months before I ran across
him again. Then I mot him ono biting'
cold day. Ho was without an overcoat.
Ho remembered mo , and ho burst out
laughing as ho said'
"Got dom butes all fixed , but Gabr'ol
didn't dun cum along yit. "
"You couldn't walk far with him
without an overcoat. "
"Dat's so , mas'r. If Gabr'ol should
cum I'd hcv to take him in whar' dar1
wus a Hah yahl hal ha ! "
Between Uuclo Sandy and myself and
a second-hand dealer the old man got
an overcoat the ilrst ho over had. II
you give to charity you like to give to
these who neither demand it nor seam
to expect it. That gives you u chance
to surprise them , and a word or two ot
gratitude is ample recompense.
When spring came I mot Uncle Sandy ,
for the third timo. It was slushy anoi
sloppy , and the old boots were rent and
worn. There is an end oven to an old
boot. You may peg and catch and cob-
bio , but the day comes whan the leather
loses its life.
"Looking for Gabriel ? " I asked a ? ho
was about to pass by.
"Oh ! dat's you , is it ? Yah ! hal hut
No , I isn't lookin * . I'm jlst hoptu'ha
won't cum. Dcso voi'Q ole butos her
gone at last. Doan1 want ter make Ga
br'ol 'shamed of mo , you know.1
Ho was fixed up for boots , and ono day
two months later , a boy came after ma
and I wont with him to find Unclu
Sandy on his dying bed.
"Gabr'el ar' a cumin' purtysoonl" ha
said as ho gripped my hand.
"And are the boots out of repair ? " I
" Tain't do butcs dis time , mas'r , It
ar' do soull Ize ready to see him an'
walk wid him 'longdo dark road. Kneel
down yore , Izo ole an' pore an' dyln'
an' dar's only ono way I kin pay ye f UP
what yo hov dun fur mo. "
And ho put hla black hand on my
head and prayed :
"Oli ! Gabr'ol , dis ycro white man
shod mo an' clothed mo an' fixed ma
up , dat I might walk wid yo if yo hap-
noned diayer way. 'ScubO his faults ,
forgive his sins , an' when do ho'n blowa
an' he comes ip to walk in at do gate ,
doan1 stop him. I'll ho dar to guldo him
in , an1 I'll toll do Lord all about it , an'
please doan' make no mistake amoal"
Hud a Familiar Hound.
Chicago Tribune : "Dan , " said th
president , meditatively , "lot 1.10 BCO
what wad the name of the Californian
that wrote that decoy letter to Minister
West ? "
"So it was , Dan ; eo u was Murchiaoa
Murohlson , " mused the president *
"Thoru' a famllar sound about it ,
What does it remind you of , Dan ? "
. "It sounds a little like Eurohard. "
"Bo it does , Daa ; so it doa | '
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