people of California
are carrying an appeal to the Supreme Court in Washington
; but while Chief-Justice Waite
and his venerable brethren are straining over points of law the female slaves are coming in, and a free American State is not at liberty to protect her streets against this moral leprosy.
What have the Californians done that they are hindered from shutting their gates on these importers of female slaves?
The Judges say the soil is free.
A female slave becomes a free woman the moment she sets her foot on Californian ground.
But who is to tell such a creature as a Chinese slave that she is free?
Who is to explain to her poor intelligence what is meant by free soil?
A slave in her own country, she has never heard of women of her class being free.
In San Francisco
she is neither more nor less a slave than she was in Canton
or in Pekin
And yet no power can hinder the slave-dealers from pouring their abominable cargoes through the Golden Gate
“Just listen to this drivel,” pleads the Senator
; “the President
treats this Asiatic Question as though it were a question of the minor morals!”
Here are the President
's words: “I call the ”