The Cleveland Daily Herald
Cleveland, April 25, 1859
In the event of the issue of a writ of Habeas Corpus from the Supreme Court of Ohio for Simeon Bushnell an others in prison here, and the writ resisted –
Will the Governor make Proclamation, in which he will call out the militia to sustain the civil arms?
Will the Governor, as the head of the militia, come in person and pitch his marquee in Cleveland?
Should U.S. troops enter the limits of the State from any point, with the apparent purpose of coming to Cleveland, how shall they be treated?
How will the two Government witnesses from Kentucky he effected by these proceedings, against whom the Lorain County Grand Jury have found bills of indictment for kidnapping, and who have been arrested by the Sheriff of Lorain and declared held by the U.S. Court for its use, and who are secreted, when not on duty, in the U.S. building?
Can the Sheriff of Cuyahoga, for the time being, call a posse to watch the said U.S. building day and night, inasmuch as Bushnell was virtually kidnapped from his custody in the Jail by the Marshal, and locked up in the Bastille?
A 1797 Ordinance man.
When the emergency arises that our correspondent seems to fear, the above questions can be answered. We have no idea that there will be any collision between Government and State officials so serious as to call for troops. – [Ed. – Herald.]
There are many, so we are informed, who suppose that the mildest punishment possible in case of conviction for rescue under the Fugitive Slave Law, is six months imprisonment and a fine of one thousand dollars. This is an error: the extent of the punishment can be but a fine of one thousand dollars and imprisonment six months. The sentence can be as much under those limits as the Court sees fit.