Slave Stampede. -Thirty-one slaves, from the neighborhood of Augusta and Dover, Ky., escaped to Ohio on Saturday night of last week. They were traced to Ripley on the river, and they were pursued by their owners and others from this side. The clothes taken by the slaves were found concealed in a yard and, the owners were refused a warrant to search the house in which it was supposed most of the slaves were hid. Five who had continued on were pursued by their masters, and three captured. The conduct of the authorities of Ripley, Ohio, was said to be reprehensible. Great indignation in consequences pervades the entire community from whence the slaves escaped.
from the October 14, 1852 Gallipolis [Ohio] Journal