the supreme law of the land.
On April 20, 1848, a firebrand was hurled into the Senate.
This came from the hand of Hale, of New Hampshire, in the shape of a bill introduced by him, relating to riots and unlawful assemblies in the District of Columbia.
The bill was clearly disingenuous.
Its avowed motive had been an assemblage of several armed citizens of the District, and an attack by them upon the building occupied by the National Era, an organ of the abolition party, published in Washington.
It said nothing as to the exciting causes which had led to the gathering it was framed to punish.
It wholly ignored a bold attempt which had stirred the Capitol only a few days before the kidnapping in the schooner Pearl, by a band of non-residents stealing into the city, of seventy odd negroes, belonging, under the guarantees of the Constitution, to citizens of the District.
It spoke as loud as a trumpet upon the protection to be given to one kind of property — that in a newspaper-bu