St. Croix slave revolt Aug 1848

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St. Croix slave revolt Aug 1848 - Later from Santa Croix. The ship Emily, which...
Later from Santa Croix. The ship Emily, which arrived here on Saturday, brings definite advices advices concerning the recent outbreak in that island. " The negro insurrection was a pre-concerted pre-concerted pre-concerted matter, matter, and was to break out, as it did, on the appear ance ot signals, such as nres, on Saturday evening, and the blowing of shells and similar instruments. On the Monday morning following, the negroes who were in the plot refused to eo to work ; but many. who were not made acquainted with the proposed out break, went to work a: usual, and continued their la bor till twelve o docs or tbat day, when they aban doned their work and joined the insurrectionists. As soon as the alarm was given that the slave population had risen in insurrection, a number of the white in habitants sought an interview with the authorities, and asked for information as to the manner in which they should act on the occasion. In reply they were informed that there were no orders to give ; and tbe Governor's brother was the first to seek refuge on board of a vessel then in the port of Sanla Croix. Application was then made to the Captain of the fort, and protection demanded ; but that functionary replied that he had only six charges of ammunition on hand, and therefore he could do nothing. In the meantime the insurrection was rapidly progressing, and the white inhabitants got alarmed for their sale-ty. sale-ty. sale-ty. (Seeing the predicament in which tbey were placed, and suspecting that there was some foul play on the part of the government of the island, they determined determined to take the matter into their own hands, and subdue tbe insurrection if possible, without the aid of the regular authorities, lhey accordingly call ed for assistance lrom forto ftico. which was prompt ly rendered, and fire hundred troops were ordered from tbat island to their relief. With this assistance the blacks were subdued, and tbe insurrection was put down. The conduct of Governor Von Soholton is repre sented to have been very extraordinary, and strong supicioue are eiui-ruttueu eiui-ruttueu eiui-ruttueu iusi ue was privy 1.0 tne insurrection, insurrection, and aided and abetted tho slaves as much as he could without committing himself. These sus picious are strengthened by the fact that three weeks previous to the breaking out of this insurrection, a de- de- nianu was maae upon mm lor a supply 01 ammunition for the use of tbe fort, to be used in the event of emer gency ; but not a cartridge was sent, although it was urgently called fur. The Governor, it appears, was informed of the people's distrusts in regard to his integrity integrity in the matter ; and as soon as he saw that the whiles were determined to take the suppression of the insurrection into their own hands he embarked on board a vessel, for the purpose of reaching St. Thomas, and fleeing tbe Y est indies. On arriving at St. Thomas he was refused permission to land ; but he managed to get on board the British steamer, and proceeded to England. The conduct of the slaves was not such as niieht be expected in such an insurrection. Instead of burning, pillaging ana murdering, tbey confined themselves to destroying the furniture and papers in the houses of their masters; and, wonderful to relate, not a single white man lost his life in the insurrection. The negroes, it appears, expressly disclaimed all intention intention to take lite. In several instances tbey surrounded surrounded white persons, flourishing their swords and muskets over their beads; and after establishing their power in this way, they allowed their prisoners to iro free and unharmed. Our informant states, that if the Governor bad displayed the least energy, the insurrection insurrection would have been crushed in the bud. without the slightest difficulty ; but the general impression is, that he was a participator in it, and covertly fanned tbe name ot revolution. At the time of tbe suppression of the troubles, tbe hites. the successful party, established the rates of wages, wnicn would oe given to tne negroes. 1 nose rates are from one to two dollars a month, the ne- ne- roes to find themselves in food, and for drivers, or ead men. four dollars per month. This, it is said, is not sufficient to enable them to support themselves ; and another, and perhaps a more bloody and trrrible insurrection is expected to break out within a short time. Tho effect of the emancipation of the negroes in this Krt of the West Indies, will, onr informant states, the ruin of two-thirds two-thirds two-thirds of the island, and he thinks the Danish West Indies will soon be in aa bad condi tion as the British colonies in that quarter. The planters, he says, cannot afford to pay even those wages, low as they are, and nanairuptey and nun stare them in the face. f is a to a

Clipped from The Evening Post07 Aug 1848, MonPage 2

The Evening Post (New York, New York)07 Aug 1848, MonPage 2
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