Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society Volume 3

Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: moving upon the other with a view to attack, it will become my duty to observe their movements and prevent such hostile collisions. But it will not be within the province of the troops to interfere with persons who may have come from a distance to give protection to their friends or others, and who may be behaving themselves in a peaceable and lawful manner. And further, "to make every exertion in my power, with the force under my orders, to preserve the peace and prevent bloodshed." It is evident, both under the laws and my instructions, that the last resort--the effusion of the blood of the citizens by the military power, must be induced by a special act of resistance to the civil officer in the execution of his legal duty when assisted by that power. In no case yet, has the Marshal of the Territory, thus aided, been resisted. No specification of resistance by the people of Topeka is made in your requisition; nor is my aid asked to assist the Marshal in the execution there of any law, or the process of any court. It is simply a call upon me to make war upon the town of Topeka--to "invest" it, make "prisoners," "level defenses." Your request that I should station troops on "Lane's trail," "to intercept aggressive invaders," would be clearly inconsistent with my last instructions, "not to interfere with persons who have come from a distance," fec, as well as those of the 26th March. In my best judgment I cannot comply with your call. If the army be useless in the present unhappy crisis, it is because in our constitution and laws, civil war was not foreseen; nor the contingency of a systematic resistance by the people to governments of their own creation, and which at more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515641
  • 9781236515643