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“ [289] other personal property of every person domiciled in said Nation shall pass and bU distributed, at his or her death, in accordance with the laws and customs of the said Nation, which may be proved like foreign laws, usages, and customs, and shall everywhere be held binding within the scope of their operation.”

Even from the pen of Albert Pike such passages come as a surprise. Slavery in the Indian nation legal! Why, the Indians had no code, and slavery had never been sanctioned by a public Act. Slavery existing among Red men from time immemorial! Why, slavery was absolutely unknown to any Indian tribe in the days of Ross's grandfather.

No such falsehoods were inserted by Confederate agents in the Acts which from their nature must be read in Europe. Davis was extremely cautious in his words. He spoke of slavery as a fact-but only as a fact. Stephens, a bolder man, advancing from the sphere of facts into that of principles, asserted that Negro slavery “was based on a great physical, philosophical, and moral truth” ; but Stephens never ventured to proclaim that Negro slavery had existed

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