In September of 1854 the “2nd” party of the New England Emigrant Aid party led by Charles Robinson arrived in the Lawrence area. Mr. S. J. Willis was in that party. He became one of the first city councilmen. Mr. Willis was an exceptionally strong man. For that reason, I believe he was selected as one of the three men who were to actually enter the jail and rescue Dr. Doy. He also carried an unusual weapon that was converted for a special use that night. Thomas Simmons was selected to play the part of a captured horse thief with Joseph Gardner and S.J. Willis to be his captors. When they approached the jail, Simmons’ hands were to be made to look like they were bound behind his back, They used a “Slung Shot” for this purpose. The “Slung Shot” was a lead ball attached to a length of rawhide rope. The rope was wrapped loosely around Simmons’ hands and if necessary, he could unloosen his hands and come out swinging the “Slung Shot.” I thank Dr. Tolly Wildcat for pointing out the “Slung Shot” shown in the belt of S. J. Willis.