Did Congress think it could end the bitter dispute over slavery in the territories with a law that lets settlers decide? That law, now two years old, has brought only chaos.
Here in Kansas we have two state legislatures: one for slavery, one against. Today in Lawrence, a pro-slavery mob has burned a hotel and ransacked homes and stores. Antislavery forces are sure to resort to violence themselves.
Both sides arm themselves with the Constitution.
Compromise begins to seem impossible.