was an Anti-Slavery document and should be so construed.
As for the Union
, by his services in successfully managing the finances of the country in its great crisis, he did as much to sustain the Union
as any other man of that time.
To accuse him of hostility and infidelity to the Union
, is something that no one can do with impunity.
In fact, so clear and so clean, as well as so bold and striking, is the record of Chase
and his associates, beginning in 1840 and continuing down until the last shackle was stricken from the last bondsman's limbs, that even the shadow of the White House
cannot obscure it.
Nor is Mr. Roosevelt
happy in his illustration, when, in his concluding arraignment of the Abolitionists, he seeks to discredit them as an organization of impracticables by comparing them to the political Prohibitionists of to-day.
When the latter, if that time is ever to be, shall become strong enough to rout one or both of the existing main political parties, and, taking the control of the Government
in their hands, shall not only legally consign the liquor traffic to its coffin, but nail it down with a constitutional amendment, then Mr. Roosevelt
's comparison will apply.