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Oakfield Emigrants vs. Milwaukee Emigrants

The Milwaukee Kansas Aid Society Beaten all to Pieces
Republican Sentinel [Beaver Dam], May 25, 1856

We saw yesterday a train of eleven covered wagons, drawn by oxen, mostly, pass through this city en route for Iowa. They were from Oakfield, Fond du Lac County. The covering of each wagon was painted, and inside were stowed away the families and such articles of household goods as they saw fit to take. The rear was brought up by quite a drove of cattle, driven by a number of smart healthy looking youngsters belonging to the train. The whole company had a robust honest appearance, and will make the best of settlers.

Mark the contrast-These persons have gone quietly to work and fitted themselves out in excellent style for their journey without the aid of the contribution box or donation of "Sharpe's rifles." They presented a pleasing contrast to the vast company of five lean, lank, contribution teams which left Milwaukee yesterday under the auspices of the Wisconsin Kansas Aid Society, for Kansas. They were loaded with "Sharpe's Rifles," fit instruments for cowards and assassins. Such persons, instead of going to till the soil and build up the country, are but the instruments of northern abolitionists and hot-brained fanatics, who are continually striving to keep the country in trouble. We have no wish for their success, knowing that they are a misguided and bent on mischief.

Newspaper clipping courtesy Kevin Dier-Zimmel.