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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wednesday, April 18th, 1860

Still in Sumpter. at home, still in the corn. weather cloudy & cool.

DAILY GAZETTE & COMET [BATON ROUGE, LA], April 18, 1860, p. 2, c. 2. In Crocket, Texas, recently, Mr. T.P. Collins, a merchant of that place, published a scandalous piece of poetry about a Miss Whitwell, a school mistress. She sued him for $6000 damages, and gained the case. The jury returned the verdict at midnight. So strong was public sentiment in favor of the plaintiff, that the verdict was received with shouts of the people, the firing of guns and other demonstrations of gladness.