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Hard case.

--The parties implicated in the alleged abduction of certain Africans from near Cape Leoando, in the brig Storm King, captured many months since on the Guinea coast, have all been tried and acquitted, after having had their vessel and personal effects taken from them by the self-sacrificing marines of Uncle Sam, (for their own benefit,) and having suffered many weary months' of imprisonment in loathsome jails. Those of the parties that it was deemed necessary to make an example of, comprised but a small moiety of those at first arrested, and thereafter detained at so heavy an expense to the Government; yet, as we have said, they were acquitted when brought before Judge Halyburton. In saying this, we are slightly in error--one unfortunate fellow, called, we believe, John Lockhart, was excepted from the general amnesty. --The Government did not choose to put him on trial on the evidence, (which was to the effect that he was found aboard the Storm King, and claimed to be a passenger,) no doubt fearing that a jury would see nothing in a man's wishing to leave so hot a place as the Guinea coast. Lockhart was then sent to the county jail for safe-keeping, and since then the agents of the nearly deceased Uncle Sam have been perambulating the country, at his expense, to search up testimony to convict one of his children. It is very pleasant to travel at other people's cost, but we submit, that all this extra exertion, to make Lockhart a permanent resident as a Penitentiary convict, savors rather more of spite than a desire to see a man judged on the merits of pending accusations. About four years since certain officers of the General Government in this city spent nearly $40,000 in convicting a man of defrauding the United States of $246. It was a costly illustration of the beauty of law. Let us not have a repetition. Now, Lockhart is entitled to a trial. The U. S. Attorney will be here from New York on the 23rd, and should give the poor devil a show. If, prior to his being found on the ‘"Storm King,"’he aided to convert the heathen Africans into respectable darkies, let it so appear, and the penalty of so doing be exacted. If not, let Lockhart go hence without delay. The prisoner is certainly entitled to a show of hands before a jury of his countrymen. Let him have it. If the trial does not take place soon, mayhap Virginia will have to punish him as the administrator on Uncle Sam's effects.

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