What to do with them.
That is the grand problem which at present is agitating the Northern
They have bought an elephant and do not know what to do with it. They bought it some centuries ago en the coast of Africa
, and sold it to their Southern brethren to feed and keep, and the elephant has waxed fat and mighty, and interested to great droves of elephants, whose ivory is of incalculable value.
is new seeking to reclaim the elephant, but the great bother is what to do with him.--That is the problem of the day, and it is more puzzling even than to subjugate eight millions of freemen and teach them to be docile and to obey and love their conquerors.
In this John Brown
raid on a grand scale, there has been a magnificent amount of rainbow rhetoric and volcanic passion on the subject of the Genius of Universal Emancipation; but when the practical question of "What to do with Sambo?" comes to be worked eat, the lines of the rainbow disappear, and the volplane becomes as dry as a doggery under the operation of martial law.--What to do with Sambo?
That is the great question which even the invincible Fuss and Feathers cannot solve, nor McClellan
travel with their puissant swords, nor the ghost of John Brown
, which has been "marching on, marching on, " for such a considerable length of time, stop to give any explanation of. For Sambo is not an abstraction, nor is there much about him that is metaphysical, but he is of the earth, earthy; he is a corporeal being, delighting much in corn, cabbage, and bacon, things which to him are essential and inevitable.
In his present state of servitude he is, as every one gees, not so much a being who pines for liberty as a well-fed ox, who performs a respectable amount of labor, and who knoweth his master's crib.
The eye of every man gees that he is as fat and shining as he is sable, and all who know him can testify that freedom from work is his highest conception of freedom or happiness of any kind.
It happens, therefore, that, in many instances where the Northern
invasion has reached large settlements of Sumbo, whole congregations of that color have at once voted themselves exemption from the curse of Adam
, and accepted the particular kind of liberation which they supposed the North
was about to give them.
To imagine that each head of an African family is in such a hurry to begin that kind of work which is necessary for the support of his whole establishment, and which most white men find a painful and difficult process, is to do injustice at once to their understanding and their character.
The vague idea glimmers through the opaque atmosphere of Negrodom that Lincoln
, whose reign seems to be a reign of loafers, has sent a large army to save their race from the necessity of any longer working for their living; and, therefore, though not having much respect for him, many of them conclude to become contrabands of both war and peace, and not to be employed on any purpose for any consideration.
As soon as they discover their mistake, they make their way back to their masters, if they can, with some experience enlightening their lives, and a lively idea that the hardest kind of work a negro can ever perform is what the Yankees
But, "what to do with him," is the great question for all Yankeedom.
We have seen it suggested of late, by a Northern journal, that these contrabands are to be sent to New England
, where, in the warm shoe-rooms, of the Yankee
manufacturers, which manufacture so much shoe leather and corruption, they may become artizans and mechanics.
It is not stated how the Yankee
mechanics are to be induced to create the vacuum into which the skilled labor of Africa
is to be introduced, nor how Massachusetts
will like to become a free-negro Commonwealth.
Others talk of a colony for them, somewhere in the tropics, where the United States
, which is flush of funds, can transport them by millions, and leave them to perish gradually from improvidence and want, as all similar colonies have become gradually extinct in all parts of the world.
As New England
cannot support them, and the Western States
refuse positively to have them within their borders on any terms, it would seem that the only alternative is this plan of abolishing them by colonization, which, however, is se costly and onerous a process that it may as well be set down at once as impracticable.
There is positively no solution of the problem except the continuance of the status quo
--the perpetuation of slavery in the South
We defy and dare the Lincoln
despotism to carry out this Wide-Awake programme, on the strength of which it came into power.
Without giving them credit for any more conservatism than Jonathan Wild, or humanity than Robespierre, we challenge them to displace the corner-stone of our Southern institutions, or a single pillar that upholds the edifice.
Exeter Hall, which has fed the infernal fires of their fanaticism, and British pulley, whish, for its own selfish purposes, has heaped fuel upon the flames, will never be able in this world again to make Yankee Doodle
He has already involved himself in debt to the tune of about fifteen hundred millions for the purpose of preserving certain products of the Southern
soil, which can never be cultivated except by Southern slave labor, and, therefore, for the sake of his own precious pockets and pelf, the negro, in the event of Northern conquest, will have to work harder than he ever did before, in order to support himself, his master, and to pay off the enormous debt.
It is only to be hoped, for the rakes of the poor negro, as well as for the Southern
proprietor, that he will be permitted to remain under the beneficent dominion which has been so beneficial to him in body and soul, and not transferred to the hands of Yankee owners, who will treat him as badly as they do their own sailors, and drive him to madness and destruction by cruelty and oppression.