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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Wed. May 5, 1847


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Outrage at Green Bay - The Republican of the 21st Inst., gives the detail of a daring resistance of the laws, that occurred in that place on the Saturday evening previous. It seems that an injunction had been placed in the hands of the Under Sheriff with directions to serve it immediately upon the Schooner Ottawa, Captain Amos Saunders, then lying near the mouth of Fox river. C.H. White the deputy, proceeded in a boat to discharge the duty, but threats and resistance on the part of Saunders, prevented its execution, and White returned to town. Procuring assistance, he again approached the vessel, but was attacked with clubs, poles, oars, boiling water, melted pitch and indeed with every weapon upon which the exasperated crew could lay their hands. The Captain then ordered his men to bring the topmast over the bulwarks, that it might be used as a battering ram, threatening death to any one who should refuse to aid in this bold defiance of the laws. After the officer and several of his posse had been bruised and knocked down, a fire was commenced by the party in the boats with pistols, and the mate of the Ottawa named Foster, a respectable man from this city, was severely , but it is hoped not dangerously wounded. The infuriated set scattered for a moment, but soon returned to the conflict. Saunders hurled an axe at White but the latter at that instant was knocked down by a stick of wood, and his life thus saved from the axe. White's party finding themselves unable to board the vessel, retired. A surgeon was sent on board, and soon after four of the crew attempted to land near Devil river, which was certainly an appropriate port for such scoundrels, if there is anything in names. Saunders was on board, and although strict watch was kept, he succeeded in landing. On Sunday morning an armed party took boats and rowed toward the schooner, but, as they approached, she hoisted sail and made across the bay. Thus had this pirate captain successfully defied and escaped laws. Such a man should not be suffered to remain at liberty. Chicago Jour.


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Wed. May 5, 1847
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GLN.5882
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English
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Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Wed. May 5, 1847