shrieks of anguish” of the victim.
One slave exhibited to him his back bleeding from thirtyseven terrible gashes inflicted by a cowhide thong.
The courage of both editors in these surroundings knew no bounds, and in their columns they openly rebuked the worst offenders by name.
On one occasion Garrison
heard of slaves being shipped in a vessel belonging to a prominent citizen of Newburyport
He immediately began an attack upon him in the Genius, printing his name in capitals.
He branded him and men like him as “the enemies of their own species-highway robbers and murderers.”
The result of this plain speaking was an indictment for malicious libel.
was tried by a jury, found guilty, and sentenced to the payment of a fine of fifty dollars and costs, amounting in all to over one hundred dollars, a sum far greater than he could raise, if he felt disposed to. In consequence he passed seven weeks in jail, and while there he prepared a pamphlet giving an account of his trial, which attracted attention far and wide, and also devoted himself to his fellow-prisoners, drawing petitions for pardon for several of them.
He was finally released through the liberality of a New York merchant, Arthur Tappan
, and he came out of prison undaunted and in buoyant spirits.
Meanwhile the Genius had ceased to appear on account of lack of support, and the