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Xiv. Mr. Sumner opened his speech with the words, Watchman, what of the night? And well may the question be asked, he said, for things have occurred, and measures have passed into laws, which fill the day itself into blackness. And yet, there are streaks of light —an unwonted dawn—in the distant west, out of which a full-orbed sun is beginning to ascend, rejoicing, like a strong man, to run his race. California had been admitted to the Union with a Constitution forbidding slavery. A hateful institution which thus far, without check, had travelled with the power of the Republic westward, was bidden to stop, and a new and rising State guarded from its contamination. Freedom—in whose hands is the divining rod of magical power, pointing the way not only to wealth untold, but to every possession of virtue and intelligence—whose presence is better far than any mine—is now at last established in an extensive region on the distant Pacific, between the very parallels of lat