The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 198
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Gazette's foreman, William R. Black, "caught the war fever" in
August and joined Terry's Texas Rangers.
II. ELECTION AND SECESSION
Throughout the spring of 186o, Marshall filled the editorial
columns of the Texas State Gazette with logical, well-written ar-
ticles on the advantages of Negro slavery. He waged a bitter
battle of words against "Helperism" and abolition.
An article from the New York Tribune appeared in June,
186o, in the Gazette. It was dated Buchanan, Texas, April 25,
186o, and told of a young peddler in that town who was caught
with several copies of Hinton Rowan Helper's The Impending
Crisis of the South. According to the letter, the peddler was
suspended from a tree, and a wagon covered with tar was driven
under him and set fire. The Gazette ran the article with no
editorial comment.21 Another article carried a local item about
a man in Austin who had been insulted by a Negro. The editor
commented, "It may be likely that this fellow has been tampered
with by abolition emissaries in Austin."24
The Gazette announced its choice for President and Vice-
President of the United States in the July 24, 186o, issue. Being
a staunch Southern Democratic paper, the Gazette recommended
John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky for President and Joseph Lane
of Oregon for Vice-President. The Gazette ballot continued in
the upper left corner of the second page until the November
The Gazette in an apparent effort to appear less dictatorial
stated in an editorial, "It is the right of the American citizen to
vote freely for whom he pleases, and it ought to be the pride of
our public press to guard this right, and to fight alone for
On Saturday, July 28, there was an impressive barbecue and
political rally at Seider's Springs near Austin, with "food for man
and beast." That night there were political speeches on Congress
Avenue near the capitol. Dr. J. H. Lightfoot, Austin physician
and superintendent of the Blind Asylum, was chairman of the
23sbid., June go, 186o, p. i.
23Ibid., July 28, 186o, p. 2.
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