Some robbers attacked our old friend Slavins, keeper of the first toll-gate on the Murfreesboro Pike, at 12 o’clock last Monday night. After asking him how he voted, and who was in the house beside himself, they were only prevented from forcing an entrance into the house and accomplishing their purposes, by some colored men who bad camped at or near the toll-gate. On the approach of the negroes the robbers told them to get out of the way; that there was going to be something done. This threat passed unheeded, and the colored men continued to advance. The robbers, fearing that they would be overpowered, shot at the blacks three times and fled.
The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee), August 18, 1869.