A couple of weeks ago a noted colored Radical from East Tennessee, formerly of New York, named Dr. J. B. Young, appeared before the House Reconstruction Committee, at the head of a delegation, and presented a formidable address, reciting horrible outrages purporting to have been committed in that State by the “Ku-Klux,” and asking that Congress might reconstruct the State. He also called on the President and enlisted his sympathies. On Wednesday members of the committee received copies of a Knoxville Radical paper, containing an advertisement showing Young to be a full blown rascal. Even Butler on reading the advertisement exclaimed, “Well, my nigger has gone up.” This shows a specimen of the character of men relied on to give evidence to reconstructed Tennessee. Here is the advertisement:
TO THE PUBLIC: There has been a great deal said about me and my wife. I have for years acted in the capacity of a minister of the colored A. M. E. Zion Church in Knoxville. On the night of the 20th January, 1869, at about fifteen minutes after three o’clock, p.m., I caught one Dr. J. B. Young, a negro doctor from York State, who had been boarding at my house for some years, polluting my bedroom by lewdness with my wife, Mary E. Anderson. I was an eye witness to the transaction between them, and my friends will believe me when I say I “saw it.” I have, therefore, put Mary E. Anderson away from my bed and board for life, resigning all my claims and rights in her to the mogul doctor, J. B. Young. Colored friends of my sex, look out for your families. The bull is loose.
ALFRED E. ANDERSON.