too late for his adversaries to attempt a countermovement, and the result was that Lane
was reelected by an almost unanimous vote.
There was no doubt about Lane
's attitude on the slavery question.
He was not only a radical Abolitionist, but the acknowledged leader of the Free-State
men of Kansas
He recognized no right of property in man, as many Missouri
slaveholders learned to their sorrow.
I was present when he congratulated a Kansas regiment that had just returned from a raid into Missouri
, bringing many black people with it. “Fellow soldiers,” he shouted, “you entered Missouri
a white body, but you have returned surrounded by a great black cloud.
It is the work of the Lord
There was another man whose name, the author thinks, properly belongs under the heading of this chapter, and to whom, on account of pleasant personal recollections, he would like to refer.
He was not a fighter like Blair
, with whom his life was in striking contrast.
He was essentially a man of peace.
He was a Quaker.
Although born in Kentucky
he was an Abolitionist.
I now refer to Levi Coffin
, who was credited with successfully assisting over three thousand runaway slaves on their way to freedom, and, in consequence, became distinguished among both friends and foes as the “President
of ‘the Underground railroad.’
” The most remarkable thing in his case was his immunity from legal punishment.
The slaveholders knew very well what he was doing, but so expert was he in hiding his tracks that they could never get their clutches upon him.