The experiences and observations of Rev. Todd were originally published in his hometown weekly paper, "The Tabor Beacon," in 1891. Tabor was a prominent participant in the Underground Railroad and conflict with pro-slavery Missouri is related in numerous incidents, ranging from bogus pro-slavery legislature to destruction of buildings and murder. Capt. John Brown's efforts to free the slaves, and his involvement with Tabor is the focus of an entire chapter. These sections are followed by an account of the 1857 search for a congregational element, a brief history of the college movement at Amity and a very detailed section on Indians in Iowa.