Five Hours

THE KENTUCKY SLAVE CASE. - The Maysville Eagle has the following notice of the slave trial progressing in Bracken county, Kentucky:

"The grand jury found a true bill against seven of the slaves in Bracken county, for the late outrage committed there. One bill for conspiracy, insurrection and rebellion, and one for shooting with intent to kill. Upon the first, a jury was obtained on Tuesday, and the trial is now progressing. Two negroes occupied nearly five hours in testifying; since which, half a dozen white men have testified in relation to the resistance and firing by the company of negroes, upon the whites who attempted to take them up as runaway slaves.


The North Star, September 22, 1848. It's extraordinary that a slave was even let on a witness stand, let alone for five hours. But if they were testifying against other slaves . . .