Anti-Slavery Bugle from Lisbon, Ohio on June 20, 1845 · Page 4
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Lisbon, Ohio
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Friday, June 20, 1845
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Poetry. THE SCHOOL-BOY SPOT. BY MILO A. TOWNSEND. ' A nd dear the school-boy sport , We ne'er forget, though there we are forgot." Byron. 'T is a hallowed spot, for there have past Such hours of pure delisht and joy I ennt forget while time shall last, Those haunts I roamed a bsppy boy. There on that green and sun-lit hill The hoars of youth fled swift away, When hand in hand beside the rill, With those I loved did fondly play. 'T was beautiful when morn awoke, Upon the dow-beRpangled lea; Arid when the sun with golden light, Came smiling from the rosy sea, O, then t was sweet to roam anions Those flowery hills and ivy bowers, To listen as the wild-bird sung Her anthem to the golden hours. And when the rippling stream was bright With radiant moonbeams sparkling o'er, O, then what joy anil fond delight, To tripalong that flowery shore. E'en now on Fancy's sportive wing, I soar to that dear, blessed spot, To hea the robin sweetly sing, Mid wiMwoods ne'er to bo forgot. THE CHRISTIAN SLAVE. BY J. G. WHITTIER. A Christian! going, gone! Who bids for God's own ininge for His grace, Which that poor victim of the market piaco Hath in her sulToring wonl My God! enn such things be? Hast thou not Raid, that whatsoe'er is done Unto Thy weakest and Thy humblest one, Is even done to Thee! In that pad victim, then, fihild of Thv pitying love, luce Thee stand Once more the jest-word of a mocking baud, fioand, sold, and sconrged again! A Christian np for sale! Wet with her blood your whips o'er tasik her frame, Make her life loathsome with your wrong and sham'.', Her patience shall not fail! A heathen hand might deal Hack on your heads the gathered wrong of years; But her low, broken prayer and rightly learj, Vo neither heed nor foei. Con well thy 1 esson o'er, Thcu prudent teacher 'ell the toiling slave No dangerous tale of Hin who came to save The outcast and the poor. But wisely sknt the ray Of God's free Gospel from th" simplest heart, And to her darkened mind alone impart One stern command "obey!" So shalt thou deflfy raise The market price of human flesh ; nnd whilo On thee, thoir pampered guest, the planters' smile, Thy Church shall praise: Grave, reverend men shall tell, From Northern pulpits, how thy work was blest; While in the vile South Sodom, first and best, Thy poor disciples sell! Oh, shame! The Moslem thrall, Who, with his master, to the Prophets kneels, While turning to the sacred Kebla feels His fetters break and fall. Cheers for tho turbaned Boy Of robber-peopled Tunis! ho hath torn The dark slave dungeons open, and hath borne Their inmates into day. But our poor slaves in vain, Turns to the Christian shrine his aching cyca Its rites will only swell his market-price, And rivet on his chain. God of all right! how long Shall ppestly robbers at Thine altar stand, Lifting in prayers to Thee, the bloody hand Ana huughty brow of wrong! Oh! from the fields of cane, From the low rice-swamp, from the trader's cell; From tho black slave-ship's foul and loathsome hell, And collie's weary chain Hoarse, horrible, and strung, Rises tt Heaven the agonizing cry, Filling the arches of the hollow sky, How lono, on God! now long! Miscellaneous. (fc5-Tho following biling satire in from tho Ports mouth (N. II.) Journal. It holds up in a strong light the cross inconsistency of this nation, cr rather ils outrageous hypocrisy, in recording unco enc pope of its statute book, a law, condemning tho buying of slaves upon tbe coast of Africa of KingJTom or King Jo, ns piracy end punishable with death, while on an other page is a law euthorlzing Cengrese to sell a li cense (if we lived in en oge of papal authority, we should say tndulgenct)to any one who will pay $100 into the treasury, to buy slaves on tbe coast of America of Tom King or Jo King; pledging (he entire power of the government for the protection of such traffic, and by governmental sanction making the trade respectable. "Strange that such difference there should be, Twixt tweedlo Jum end tweedle eke." MR. WISE AND THE SLAVER. "Your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." If the above quotation is not correct, Mr. Editor, please make it so. Taking it as it stands, I suppose I must call tbe following sketch a dream, as I have long ranked myself among old men. It may come true; there is nothing in the nature of things to prevent it. The premises are facts, end the conclusion is likely to follow as a natural consequence. The scene lies about half a day's from the coast of Cuba. Day is just dawning uon the deck of one of our frigates,returning from the Brazilian station, and upon the wide waste of waters, gently undulating boneath the mild trade-wind. On board the ship is the Hon. Henry A. Wise, of Virginia, our late minister plenipotentiary to the court of Brazil. lie has been recalled by his government a liltlo sooner than he wished; but he has not quite given the death hiow !n ihi Af' ican slave trade, and is anxious to S'ptia izo hitrnelf, ere ho returns to his beloved country, by tie cnplureof at least one slaver under American cob rs. He has just emerged from his si a to r.inm and bid good morning to rho officer of tho deck, wheu 'fiil ho' is called from the masthead. 'Where-away,' shouted tho officer. 'Two points bn our Jce-bow, s r.' The ship's course win slightly altered, and as the sun rose, a bandsotu Baltimore built brig was scon about three miles distant. The frigate rapidly cooio up with bur, and through the spy glass it was easy !r perceive that her duck was crowded wi;h negroes. Mr. Wigs, in hiU glee culled up the captain: 'No iv,' said be, 'is ojr chance. Run up the En glish colors, that fell-iw will be sure to run the Amer ican flifi to knows full well that Jolin Bull dares But search a vcfit 1 over mini) 11 waves, wnuuier sue te piratic! V6sel, a slaver, of wut not. L.ei tiie iei- low en: c thow the tm si.d stripes, end he is ours. Evervthini' worked as Mr. Wiso w tidied; the slav er onsworeJ gun from the frigate by running up the American fiat:, and sau:ily continuing her course: cored she for a ISi'iueu man ot war 1 he cross of Old England was then lowered, tho stars and stripes totik their place at the mast head of tho fri- 'tr. and another eiui was tired. J his manoeuvre proved unreWul; the eliaee backed her top sail and to, hb did tbe ftieate lo. Mr. SVis donr.ed his otli cwl costune, end being determined to manege the a liolo matter himself, e'.tpped imo the boat with the lieutenant, and was stKin alongside the elaver. He Miiiiei b-ir side i h gicat agility, leapt upon her deck, (now ch ar of nrgroes.) and placing himsell in be altitude of or about to mulio a speech, wnn one hand pointing; unwatd. adlresed the Captain thus: 'r.;r. il thai fug (10 me on ibis broad ocean lite sa cred pti bonification of a patriot's hopes end a pa'ri- oV3 home) were trailing in the dost of dcleat, 111 glorious war, I cauld mi p over it, and love it. And holier it etill: but to see it ltd its folds, like the bold couns- ifimrK-e of a bad woman, ever a traffic at ouco infa mous end horrid, and enough to (urn its while into ird, h nil ehame.' " The Captain looktd first at Mr. Wise, then up at lite fl.g, and then at Mr. Wise again: "Sacred per-ini!ioaihMi!' quoin he: 'well, I never! You ought to bo nwde Frjleaaur c-l IVetry in the University 01 iigmny. And as f ir t rathe in niggers 1 never beard tell of i's lieing i-ifamma end horrid, before, and I vo carried it on all my lifa. 'Wretch!' retorted Mr. Wise 'you shall swing for liii?: you tre cauuht tl last. Do vou know who I 'No, nor don'l care.1 Mr. vTfse'a faco turned a rod ns tho American flag ought to have done. 'Well, then, Til lot you know; I am the great nave-Hade exterminator, Henry A. vieo of irginia.' 'V'ie or not, in my opinion you're- making a groat fool of youriolf. I sailed from Old Virginny only a fortnight ago, and nobody ihero thought tho trade in niscr3C4 'thockingly rtvolii.ia' as vou seem to fan cy it; else, How did I manage to load myVasel at NuNOIKT" .-.. ; Mr. Who hero looked 8 streaked as the flag at the meet head continued to do. 'What,' said he, rather faintly, 'are yuu from Norfolk and bound to New Or-lean!' 'To besure I am, I was driven out of my courso by storm,' said the Captain. i 'O a-fl 0 h' drawled Mr. Wise; 'that diets ibo cape.' And turning to tho lieutenant, and rrgaujing his con-Rflencs, he continued : 'Here, sir, you hnvo R bonuti-ful eemplific.BtioTi of tho 'vat difference,' which ex- i?!a 'betwixt tweedle Hum end tweedle dee. Twee-dte-dum would have hung thisman, tweedlc-eeo sends fcim on his way revncing. 1 wcedle-dum would have turned the white of that fitfg into rod, with, shame, and scot the stare aloft in di?gust; twccdledoe only makes it wave the more proudly, the 'aacrodporsoni- ticetion' of 'the land ot the fieo end the hone of the brave.' Captain, I ack your pardon; 1 hoaor you, and will do all in my power to protect you in your lawful commerce. J icontfcrcd why that ffeg didu't turn red; the mystery is n"w explained.' ! 'Don't make any apologies,' said the Captain, 'none are needed. Hdd 1 been from Africa, I should havo deserted lobe hung; but es you say, trading in Virginny niggers is a different sort of a, thing. Why, it must do an rtgni, tor here s my lricnil, 1'araon Snoggs has got dozen niggers on board, himself. He hud 0 'loud call' from Louisiana which he fell constrained to accept, and having bought ihcse darkies of some of his old parishioners, ho ' taking them out to stock a small plantation with. The law says that Virginny nigRcrs aie merchandise, and what the law makes merchandino is merchandise.' 'To be sure,' replied Mr. Wif0) 'but to trade in African nep roc s is a piracy ; you see tho two trades are entirely opposed to each other, end lot me tell you, Captain, as one increases, the other must decline, we Virginians siust look to that. Every negro carried from Africa into Brazil, Porto-Rico, or Cuba, help to swell the amount of sugar produced in those countries, and consequently lo lower its prioe in the markets of the world. The result of this is lo lessen the profits of the Louisiana sugar planters, and consequently to diminish the demand for slaves. In such astato of thing, iho slave breeding slates must either keop their negroes at home, or eell them for a mere sorg. The iMter ihey would not do, and keening them at home would soon lead to tho abolition of slavery in all the orihern slave states. You see, sir, we must put down tho African slave trade.' The visiters were here invited to partake of a collation, under the awninc which covered the quarter deck; never did persons appear better satisfied with each other. Tho parson asked a blesBina and made a short prayer, in which he alluded to the African slave-trade in such pathetic terms as drew tears from an present. IheCeptain toasted Mr. Wise as 'the Alrican slave trade exterminator.' This broueht un that distinguished gentleman, who made a long ora tion upon liberty and equality, several times apostro phising the 'sacred personification,' and closing with 'Success to the American Slave-trade !' This was re See Mr. Wisc'e correspondence on the slave trude. ceived with 'three times three.' Several toasts equally patriotic, followed, and soon after Mr. Wise prepared to take leave. But just as he was stepping oyer the roil, a voiro from the main hatch way was heard to call out, 'Masss Wise, nassa Wise!" Mr. Wire recognized the voico at once, stepped down upon tho deck Again, end caused the speaker to be brought before him. He proved to be an old acquaintance of Mr. Wise the slave of his next door neighbor. Tho wife nnd children of this -nan Lolongcd to Mr. Wisa himself. 'Why, Tom, bow came you here V asked Mr. Wise. 'Massa pay ho want de money; I o;k him to wen till massa Wise come home; he say do, and so hero I am. Gorramorrv 1 massa Wise, do tLo iiiq back to Sally and my lit'.lo nickers.' 'Captain,' said Mr. Wiee, 'Id Tom go with me; I will write you an obligation lo secure you from dam Bjre.' Mr. Wise's eyo glistened as be spoko. The obligation was written, nnd Tom went with Mr. Wise on hoard the frigate. He did not load tho boat do-vn with bsrrg'ijrri arid his ewn boart foil so light that his body seemed to him of no wei;ht ot all. The two vessels filled away again, and continued on their vov apeg. Mr. Wise was a thoughtful man throughout all that day. lie walkod at least ten miles 011 the quarter deck of the frigate, spoke scarcely a word lo any one, and when he retired nl night" to his state room, it was a long whilo before sleep viitrd his eyelids. As he turned himself for the lant time previous to tailing 3lcrp,no mutlereu to luinsclt, es tho con clurion tn which he had arrived after a day of severe' cogitation. 'D n it! I vorily believe, if I had been raised in New England, I should have been as rod hot an abolitiouist as Garrison himself.' He licvor spoke a truer word iu his life VATTEL. FREDERICK DOUGLASS NARRATIVE. Hb9 just been issued in Boston. It is a work of thrilling interest, and will toll mightily agiinst the horrible system of American slavery. Frederick Douglass speaks from terrible experience, having sighed and groaned ir. the great prison-house ot bondage. His ra.-'ative is written in strains of stirring eloquence and power. It will fall upon the cars ot this nation like a mighty bomb-shell, and awake it from its sleep of death, if any thing will. No one can read it whose heart is not cold as an ice-berg, without sym pathy for the slave, and not see at the same time the inhu manity and licirlleesness of American religion. Below are a few extracts from the work, ftesd and reflect: "In August, 1832, my master aitandwd a Mothodicl camp meeting neiu in me way-side, l alliot countv, ana thcro experienced religion. I indulged a faint hope thai hi J conversion would lead him to emancipate his slaves, and thai, if ho did not do this, it would at any rate, make him more kind and I was disappointed la both theso respects. It neither led him to be liuriiane to his slaves, nor to emancipate them. If it had any effect on his character, it made bim more cruel and hateful in his ways; for I believe him to have been a much worso man after hie conversion than bofore. Piior to his conversion, he relied upon his own depravity lo shield Bnd sustain him in his savage barbarity; but after hi3 found religious sanction nnd support fur bis slnvchold-ing cruelly. He made tho greatest pretensions to piety. His house was the houso of prayer. Ho prayed morning, noon, nnd night. He vory toon distinguished himself among his brethren, and was soon made a class-leaders and exhorter. 11:3 activity in revivals was great, and he proved himself an instrument in the hands ot the church in converting many eiuls. Hn house wbs the preacher's home. They used to take great pleasure in coming thereto put up; for while he otarved us, he s'ufled thorn. We have had three or or four preachers there at a time. The names of those who used Income most frequency while I lived there, were Mr. Storks, Mr. Ewery, Mr. Humphry, and Mr. Ilickoy. 1 have nlso seen Mr. George Cook man at our house. We elavea loved Mr. Cuokman. We believed bim lobe a good man. We thought him instrumental in getting Mr. Samuel Harrison, a very rich slaveholder, to emancipate his slaves; nnd by some means got the impression that he was loborin'g to effect the emancipation of all the slaves. When he was at our house, we were sure to be called in lo prayers. When the others weie there, we were sometimes cal led in and sometimes not. Mr. Cook man look more notice of us than either of the other ministers. He could nol come among us without betraying his sym pathy lor us, and, stupid as we were, we had the sagacity to sea it. "While I lived with my mauto, in 3;. Micbrrl's, there was a while young man.n Mr. Iron, who proposed to keep a Sabbath schooMor the instruction of eush slaves as might bo disposed lo learn to rend the New Testament. We met bul three times, when Mr. West end Mr. Fairbanks, both class-leader", wi'h many others, came upon us with sticks and other mifsileg, drove 11s eff, and forbade us to meet egiin. Thus ended nnr little Sabbath school in the pious town of St. Mich;clY "I have said my master fuund religious sanction for his cruelty. As an example, I will'stato onp of mary facts going lo prove the charge. . I have seen him tie up a lame young woman, end w hip her with a heavy cowskinupon her naked shoulders, causing the warm red blood to drip; and in justification of the bloody deed, he would quote this passage of scripture 'Ho that knoweth his truster's will, and docth it no', shall be beaten with many stripes,' "Master would keep this lacerated young woman ti ed up in this horrid situation four or five hours at a time. I have known him lo tio her up early in tho morning, and whip her beforo breakfast; leave hor, go iu ma aiore, romrn 01 ainner, ana whip tier again, cutting her in the places already made raw with his cruel lash. The secret of master's cruelty toward 'Hen-ny' is found in the fact of her being almost helpless. When quite a child, sho foil into the fire, and burned herself horribly. Her hands were so burnt (hat she never cot the use oftbem. Sho could do vrv lint bear heavy burdens. She was to master a bill of ex pense; and as ho was a mean man, she was a constant offence (o him. He scorned desirous of gettinthe poor cirl out of existence. He rrava hnr nwAnn,. to his sister; but being n poor gift, she was not dispo-scd lo keep bsr. Finally, my benevolent mastor, to use his own words, 'set hor adrift tn self. Here was a recenllv-convrrtod man hnM; upon the mother, and at the same time turning out her helpless child, to starve nnd die! Master Thomas was One of the many pious slaveholoers who hold slaves for the very charitable purpose of taking care of them." After reading tho nbovo extract from friend Douglass' narrative,, turn to the appendix, and reod tho following. How it glows with truth! These are indeed 'thoughts that breathe and words that lurn.' ''I lovo the pure, peaceable, end impartial Christianity of Christ : I therefore hale the corrupt, s!avehold-ing, women whipping, cradle plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this lend. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling tho religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of ell misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there t clearer case of 'stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.' 1 am filled with unutterable toothing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, togelher with the horrible inconsistencies, which every whore surround me. We have men-stoalors for ministers, womcn-whippers for mirsiona-ries, and rradle-plundorere for church members. Tho man who wields the blood clotted cow skin during tho week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims lo be a minister of the meek nr.d lowly Jesus. The man whri robs me cf my earnings at iho end of each week meets me as a class loader on Sunday morning, to phow ma the way of life, end the path of salvation. lie who sells my sister, for purposes of prostitution, stands forth as the pious advate of purity. Ho who proclaims it as a duly to read the Bible denies me the right of learn ing to reid ihc nam of the God who made mo. He who is the religious advocate of marriage robs whle millions of iis encred iulliieiics, nnd leaves them lo the ravages of wholesale pollution. The warm defender of (he sarredness of the family rolation is the sorno that scatters whole families, sundering husbands end wive, parents and children, sisters ond brothers. loaving the hut vacant, nnd the hetrih desolate. Wo see the thief preaching against theft, nnd the adulterer ajjainsi adultery. We have men sold to build churches, women old lo support the gospel, ond babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor ke.alhm! all for the glory cf God and the gowl of ,iouh! Thu slave auc tioneer a bell nnd the churob-going bell chime in with ech other, and th bilter cries of the henn broken slave are drownml in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave trade go hand in hand together. The slave prison and the church stand near each other. The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and tho pious panlin and solemn prayer in the church, may bo heard at tho same time. The danlers in tho bodir3 and souls of men erect their stand in the presence of the pulpit, and Ihey mutually help each other. The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support Iho pulpit, and the pulpit in return, cuvors his infernal business with the garb of Christianity. Here we hove re ligion ami robbery the dIIios of earn other dev. il dressad in nngels' robs, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise. -D-irk and terrible ns is this picture, I hold it to bn etricily true of the overwhelming ma9s of professed Chrialians in America. They strain at n gnaf, and aw allow i camel. Could noy thing be more true of of our churches! ThSy would be shocked at the proposition of fellowahipping a Afff-fitealer; and at tho same time they hn to their commi'nion a man stealer, and brand me with being an infvM. if I find fault with them for it. They attend with Pharisaical strictness to the outwBrd forms of religion, nnd at the sime time neglect the weightier Diallers of ihe low, judgmch', mercy, ehd fniih. They are always ready 10 steri-fice, but seldom 0 show marc v. They are they who are represented bb professing to leve God whom (hey havo not seen. They love the heathen on Ihe other aide of the globe. They can pray for him, pay money lo have the Bible put into his hand, and m:s.-oorv. rios to inMruci bim; whilo they despise and totally neglecl the heathen at thoir own doors." RANDOM THOUGHTS. Thai is called infidelity which floes nol acknowledge the supremacy of ihe dainty fingered priesthood. Sectarianism is a Don-conductur of celestial fire. Priests and politicians have no sympathy with tlo laboring man. Tbe huge Leviathan of Polities has swallowed thousands. I i n4 i 1.- .1 . 1... ... . iu uun inn vuif uo innue monncsi ny our desire and efforts to improve Ihe eondiiion of man, menially, physically and socially. None have occasion to fear free discussion except those who are eon3ciouiof being in error. If en Infi iel e'ands at the corner ot Ihe street, and lift up his voire against the ippressinns in the world, the whole Church bellows from Cape Sablo to tho Lake of tho Woods, and cries out that the Church is in danger. But giant Sin may gn up and down in the world, cnliating jrime and cupidity into big service, causing misery snd wretchedness to reign in the earth, and nil is still and quiet in the church as a baby's sleep. Rev. Theodor Parker. " No true individual enn be happy with the knowledge of another's misery. We cannot reform Ihe Church bo long ea we con-lii.uo in the evil practices of iho Church. People wi?h a correct historical account of the past; bul they are willing to lako up any slanderous accnont (if men and matters of the present day. A man is not judged by his fruits these days, but oy 111s opinions. Ho whom tho love of Truth predominates, will keev himself eloof from all moorings and afloat. With misery tround bim, man cannot be hnppy, though his dwelling be of gold and he fare sumptuously every day. Those who produce Ihe most get Iho least; thosa who build tho largest castles, often have not where lo lay their heads; and then we say that mm is bad by nature, because if he has not a crumb to cat, he will take some from his neighbor. It cannot bo to the interest of any intelligent being to be in orror. Philosophers always live ceniuries in advance of iheirege, and are ridiculed by their cotemporarics, while after-ages pay homage to their memory. John Frost, Printer.

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