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The Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune says that General Sherman will issue an order in a few days partitioning among the Africans the abandoned Sea Island property of fugitive rebel planters. This the correspondent pronounces "a great scheme." We wish the projector great joy of the experiment. It is as honest as at is sagacious. It shows an equal amount of virtuous integrity and practical wisdom. If we had the disposition of the abandoned cotton fields, and could not be permitted to cultivate them for our own benefit, we should adopt precisely this great scheme. It will yield as large an amount of the staple, worked by this mode of labor, as St. Domingo has of sugar since the abolition of slavery. Go ahead, General Sherman! You will prove a blessing to the Yankee race.
n. The Daily News regards such royal letters on public affairs, which have not the signature of a responsible minister, as contrary to the spirit of the British Constitution. The Spanish Minister of Colonies estimates the expenses of the San Domingo war at 200,000,000 reals, and the deficit occasioned by the war in the revenue of Cuba at 100,000,000. Marshall O'Donnell, in a speech in the Spanish Senate, regarded the abandonment of San Domingo as an accomplished fact. He was, however, rSan Domingo as an accomplished fact. He was, however, ready to guarantee with his head that he would put down the rebellion in three months. The Finance Committee of the Austrian Reichsrath insists on reductions in the budget. It is reported that the Hungarian Diet will be convoked to meet on May 15th. The Right Hon. Frederick Peel, in a speech on the American war, urged the continued observation of the strictest neutrality. A Paraguay correspondent states that a dispatch from Secretary Seward to the President of Paraguay praises th
the suppression of the rebellion, and that internal peace and stability will follow the re-establishment of the old Government. If there ever was a time when the first of these propositions was true, that time has gone by forever. Have not these Conservative classes always contended that slave labor was essential to the cultivation of those Southern staples upon which Northern commerce and manufactures depended? Have they not over and over again referred to the examples of Jamaica, St. Domingo and other West India islands, as evidences of the ruin which slave emancipation brings upon the agricultural and industrial interests of a country? Slavery is now abolished by their own Government throughout the United States, and we would like the Northern Conservatives to tell us why the results of such a measure, if it could be carried out, would be different in the Southern States from the West India islands? They must now perceive, if they are not willfully blind, that whilst, bef
The Daily Dispatch: February 28, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
to make their legislation prospective, and, in most cases, made the period much longer than that required by the British Government. --Even with this gradual training for liberty, the result was a complete failure, so far as the moral elevation and comfort of the negro was concerned. Yet here they propose to liberate (and, if successful, will do it,) four millions of Africans, without a day's preparation for the condition of freemen. It is easy to see that the condition of the blacks of St. Domingo will be the only result of emancipation in the South. We are not so unsophisticated, however, as to imagine that the future welfare of the negro population is a matter of the slightest concern to any one in the United States but a few sincere fanatics like Gerrit Smith. That which perplexes us in the abolition policy about to be ingrafted upon the Constitution of that country is the apparent ignoring of the great American question, "Will it pay?" We can see in the measure blind fan
The Daily Dispatch: March 2, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
nted a committee to proceed to Washington and memorialize Congress for an appropriation to improve the channel. The trade of United States shipping merchants with the Mexican port of Matamoras has been interrupted, owing to our Consul in that town being accredited to the Government of Juarez, and Maximilian's officers there refusing to recognize him. There were large stocks of American cotton at Matamoras. There is no news of importance by this arrival from Havana, and nothing from St. Domingo. The South not yet Conquered. The New York Tribune is not so sure that the "rebellion" is put down. It says: Of course, we do not rejoice as over assured and accomplished triumph. We know that there remain armies to vanquish and the efforts of desperation to baffle. It is possible that the rebel hosts now mustering for their last onset may deal us an unexpected and telling blow. Lee is to march northward into the free States, says one rumor; he is going West, to reclaim
nt, holy persons in England will be consoled for the afflictions that America has suffered in this war by her future inability, in consequence of the abolition of slavery, to raise any more cotton and have any more commerce? We know, well enough, that if Africans are going voluntarily to cultivate the soil in the Southern States, to become industrious, systematic, productive laborers, it will be the first example of the kind in the whole history of the world. He knows from Jamaica, from St. Domingo, from every spot of earth where the experiment has been tried, that free negro labor, instead of converting a wilderness into a garden, converts a garden into a wilderness. He knows that the only result of such experiments is the ruin not only of the soil, but of the African race, who, left to themselves, uniformly relapse into depravity and barbarism.--Yet, with this knowledge of this fact, attested by all history, he expects us to believe that it is the probable extinction of the "crim
the country was in the highest places. The people were content enough with the rewards of labor and the security of life and property, and might have lived in peace and plenty till this day if that internal machine, Universal Suffrage, had never been contrived. They want no more of it, and would any day rather have king, lords and commons, with safety to life and property, and plenty to eat, than Universal Suffrage. Moreover, it may be doubted whether this cast-off ray of American Progress would suit the genius and tastes of Mr. Beecher's sable compatriots. Cuffee is no Republican. He is a great aristocrat, as fond of title, rank and wealth as he is of hog meat and hominy. If Mr. Beecher will study the history of St. Domingo, he will find that Counts and Dukes are much more in Cuffee's line than universal suffrage. Unless Mr. Beecher has something better than that to give him, he will look upon him as "poor white trash," and refuse to recognise him as a man and a brother.
with considerable solicitude at the anticipated consummation of abolition triumph in those States whose peculiar products have made the United States one of the first commercial and manufacturing nations of modern times. The probable amount of cotton and rice which will be raised by free labor is a most interesting question to solve. At best, it is not certain that voluntary negro labor will equal the amount produced by slave labor.--Experiments in other countries are not encouraging. St. Domingo and Jamaica are calculated to beget a certain degree of despondency. There is a possibility that the newly-emancipated. Africans may be of opinion that they have worked enough all their lives, and that the time has come for rest and recreation. We do not know that we have any right to an opinion on the subject, but we have sometimes suspected or imagined that there is a lack of energy and enterprise in the African constitution, taken as a whole, and that, with occasional exceptions, it
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