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Ohio State Journal

Publication Date

6-2-1856

Publication Place

Columbus,Ohio

Event Topic

Sumner Caning

Political Party

Republican

Region

free state

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[Pointing Finger] If one thing more than another demonstrates the character of the man and the nature of the attack on Senator Sumner by Brooks, it is this -- that he could steal up unsuspectingly and attack his victim, whom he knew to be unarmed, for words spoken in debate, no way applying to him; but resorted to a challenge with Wilson, whom he knew would not accept, for words the most opprobrious directly applied to himself -- and why?

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[Pointing Finger] If one thing more than another demonstrates the character of the man and the nature of the attack on Senator Sumner by Brooks, it is this -- that he could steal up unsuspectingly and attack his victim, whom he knew to be unarmed, for words spoken in debate, no way applying to him; but resorted to a challenge with Wilson, whom he knew would not accept, for words the most opprobrious directly applied to himself -- and why? Because he knew Wilson was armed, and therefore dare not attack him as he did Sumner. Brooks could urge nothing against a personal collision, for he had just sneakingly indulged in one -- only this reason can be assigned for such conduct, to wit, discretion! The same prudent discretion is visible in the bearing of Brooks towards Col. Webb, whom he fails to challenge because he knew he would fight! O! for the chivalry of South Carolina, that never accepts a fight without first securing an escape.

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[Pointing Finger] If one thing more than another demonstrates the character of the man and the nature of the attack on Senator Sumner by Brooks, it is this -- that he could steal up unsuspectingly and attack his victim, whom he knew to be unarmed, for words spoken in debate, no way applying to him; but resorted to a challenge with Wilson, whom he knew would not accept, for words the most opprobrious directly applied to himself -- and why?