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'Bleeding Kansas'... P.T. Barnum's misfortunes...

Item # 696541

April 25, 1856

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, April 25, 1856 (due to printing error the year is missing on page 1 but appears at the top of pages 2-8) 

* Bleeding Kansas
* Missouri border invasion
* War on slavery
* P.T. Barnum

Page 5 has over a column of reporting concerning the slavery vs. anti-slavery factions in Kansas as they work towards statehood.
The article is headed: "The Prospects Of Kansas" and offers much detail on current events there.
Bleeding Kansas describes the period of repeated outbreaks of violent guerrilla warfare between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces following the creation of the new territory of Kansas in 1854. In all, some 56 people were killed between 1855 and 1859.
There is also an article: "Sympathy For Barnum" which takes over a column, beginning: "A call was published last week in Bridgeport for a meeting of those who sympathize with P. T. Barnum in his pecuniary misfortunes..." This relates to his financial backing of the Jerome Clock Company in Bridgeport to get it to move to his new industrial area, but the company went bankrupt by 1856, taking Barnum's wealth with it. This started four years of litigation and public humiliation for Barnum. The report includes a letter from him signed in type: P. T. Barnum.
Eight pages, very nice condition.

Category: 1857-1860