[2]   Mark W. Delahay's newspaper office at Leavenworth, Kansas, had been destroyed by pro-slavery men in October 1855. Thomas C. Shoemaker, a freesoiler formerly of Springfield, Illinois, had been appointed receiver of the Land Office for Kansas in 1855 and was removed from office in October, 1856. He was killed at Leavenworth in a barroom brawl growing out of a political argument in April, 1857.


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