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rward, it was reported to me by the city officers that they had ferreted out the paper and its editor;
Mayor Otis might have saved the ferreting by handing the city officers his copy of the Liberator, with the publication office declared upon the first page.
He had had practice in this sort of inquisition (Ante, p. 160). That his office was an obscure hole, his only visible auxiliary a negro boy, and his supporters a very few insignificant persons of all colors.
This passage inspired Lowell's elevated poem to W. L. Garrison:
In a small chamber, friendless and unseen, Toiled o'er his types one poor, unlearned young man; The place was dark, unfurnitured, and mean:— Yet there the freedom of a race began. Help came but slowly; surely no man yet Put lever to the heavy world with less: What need of help?
He knew how types were set, He had a dauntless spirit, and a press. Such earnest natures are the fiery pith, The compact nucleus, round which systems grow! Mass after mass become