Manomin County wants secession from the Union.
Taken from: "Falls Evening News" 20 December 1860, published in St. Anthony, Mn
Startling News by the Pony Express!
DISSOLUTION OF THE UNION!
Tremendous Excitement at Manomin!!
SECESSION MOVEMENT ON FOOT
Government Officers All Resigned!
GOV. FRIDLEY HAS CALLED A CONVENTION!
REPUBLICANS ORDERED TO LEAVE THE COUNTY!
FORT SNELLING THREATENED!
As we were going to press, we received by the pony Express, intelligence of the most startling character, from Manomin. Secession sentiments are spreading into the North, Manomin county has already determined to secede before the first of January. It will be remembered that this county at the late election cast its full vote for Breckenridge. Gov. Fridley has called a mass Convention to meet on "Christmas Day", to take final action; whether to form a new government, or to be annexed to South Carolina. A monarchial form of government is strongly favored by the masses, the Federal officers have all resigned except the Postmaster. Preparations are now making to take Fort Snelling, as soon the new government is formed. Republicans have been all ordered to leave the county forthwith. Gov. Fridley has ordered the army to be increased to one hundred thousand able bodied men, in case of War.
The Mississippi has been blockaded opposite the city of Manomin. Steamers belonging to other States, are not allowed to pass that port.
The Ferry Boats have stopped running, Great excitement among the people. Two abolitionists hung by a mob. Four barrels of Bassett's whiskey captured at the mouth of Coon Creek. A military post established at Pleasure Creek. The exportation of native rice stopped for the present. The rails of the Pacific Railroad track have been torn up in the excitement and intercourse with other States entirely cut off.
Old Abe Lincoln burnt in effigy at Rice Lake. There appears to be no opposition to the secession feeling, and large delegations from different parts of the State are expected to meet at the City of Manomin on Christmas day, when a State Constitution will be adopted.
As these are exciting times we have kept our paper back, to lay before our readers the latest news. Great preparations are still making for the secessionists to dissolve the Union. Property floating on the Mississippi is by no means safe at this time. Gov. Fridley has issued a proclamation, forbidding any one from navigating the river opposite the city of Manomin, before the first of April, without permission from His Excellency.
The steamer H.M. Rice is undergoing a heavy expense to fit her for the Lumber Yard; Commodore Harmon will command her, in case of war. - Saltpetre has advanced two hundred percent in the last twenty four hours. The Banks have all suspended for the present. A large crowd assembled last evening in the Public Square; speeches were made and the city illuminated with gas. Pork is declining rapidly.