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[295] ‘another half-brother of mine’ (to Rynders). He spoke of the difficulties thrown in the way of industrious colored people at the North, as he had himself experienced—this by way of answer to Horace Greeley, who had recently complained of their inefficiency and dependence. Criticism of the editor of the Tribune being grateful to Rynders, a political adversary, ‘he added a word to Douglass's1 against Greeley. “I am happy,” said Douglass, “to have the assent of my half-brother here,” pointing to Rynders, and convulsing the audience with laughter. After this, Rynders, finding how he was played with, took care to hold his peace; but some one of Rynders's company in the gallery undertook to interrupt the speaker. “It's of no use,” said Mr. Douglass, “I've Captain Rynders here to back me.” ’ We were born here, he said finally, we are not dying out, and we mean to stay here. We made the clothes you have on, the sugar you put into your tea. We would do more if allowed. ‘Yes,’ said a voice in the crowd, ‘you would cut our throats for us.’ ‘No,’ was the quick2 response, ‘but we would cut your hair for you.’

Douglass concluded his triumphant remarks by calling upon the Rev. Samuel R. Ward, editor of the Impartial Citizen, to succeed him. ‘All eyes,’ says Dr. Furness,3 ‘were instantly turned to the back of the platform, or stage rather, so dramatic was the scene; and there, amidst a group, stood a large man, so black that, as Wendell Phillips said, when he shut his eyes you could not see him. . . . As he approached, Rynders exclaimed: “ Well, this is the original nigger!” “I've heard of the magnanimity of Captain Rynders,” said Ward, “but the half has not been told me!” And then he went on with a noble voice, and his speech was such a strain of eloquence as I never heard excelled before or since.’ The mob had to applaud him, too, and it is the highest praise to4 record that his unpremeditated utterance maintained the level of Douglass's, and ended the meeting with a sense of climax—demonstrating alike the humanity and the capacity (Bennett's ‘ideal intellect’) of the full-blooded negro.5

1 50th Anniversary of a Pastorate, p. 32.

2 Nat. A. S. Standard, 10.207.

3 50th Anniversary of a Pastorate, p. 33.

4 Nat. A. S. Standard, 10.199.

5 Ante, p. 283.

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