After leaving our readers a few days to digest the previous two posts, a speech made to the Arkansas House of Representatives, one can get a better feel for what is going on in Arkansas in the pre-war months of 1860-61. While Rector is giving fervent speeches on behalf of his pro-secession moxie, the day of the printing of the previous column resource was likewise printed on the same day as the following notice of the arming of a militia company in Arkansas in December, 1860:
[LITTLE ROCK] OLD-LINE DEMOCRAT, December 13, 1860, p. 2, c. 3
Arming the Militia.—In the bill introduced in the House a few days ago, by Mr. DuVal, authorizing the Governor to issue arms to the Belle Point Guards and other volunteer companies, is a provision to appropriate the sum of $100,000 to purchase arms and other military equipments.
Although we believe that there is not the slightest ground for the apprehension of any immediate hostilities, in the event of a dissolution of the Union, still, as Arkansas is a border State, exposed to the aggression of abolition emissaries on her frontiers, and with no hope of getting any protection whatever from the present government, we think that it is a matter of the utmost importance that our Legislature should make some provision for preventing our men, women and children, on the frontiers from being butchered, by refusing to place the necessary means of defense in their hands.