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1. shop and Freedom.

Though with the North we sympathize,
     It must not be forgotten
That with the South we've stronger ties,
     Which are composed of cotton.
Whereof our imports mount unto
     A sum of many figures;
And where would be our calico
     Without the toil of niggers?

The South enslaves those fellow-men,
     Whom we love all so dearly;
The North keeps Commerce bound again,
     Which touches us more nearly.
Thus a divided duty we
     Perceive in this hard matter--
Free trade or sable brothers free?
     Oh, won't we choose the latter!

--London Punch.

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