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The English people and a portion of the press continue to be greatly exercised over the alleged outrages of their soldiers and sailors in Jamaica. We can easily believe that they slaughtered fifty black men for every white man that was killed, for that is the uniform British style of putting down rebellion. Who has forgotten the fate of the Sepoys? They were absolutely blown from the mouth of cannon — a device of vindictiveness and cruelty unheard of before in the revenges of the world. In their hot haste to punish those villains who had mutinied against such a blessed government, they sometimes slaughtered friends as well as foes, just as they lately did in Jamaica. When the thirst for vengeance is glutted, and the leonine appetite for blood is perfectly appeased, it is the uniform custom of the British lion to moralize, and reproach himself for his excessive voracity and destructiveness. To hear him at his penitential exercises, after he has devoured several barbarian tribes, one would think him the most pious and tender-hearted of brutes. He always continues in this remorseful and self accusatory mood till some new temptation arouses his appetite, whereupon he springs from his recumbent position, and roars, and rends his prey with redoubled ferocity, always ending, however, as soon as he ceases to be hungry, with the old whine of his sensitive conscience. We are not at all surprised at the uproar in England over the wholesale butcheries in Jamaica, but it amounts to nothing Another rebellion could be put down with the same crushing and sanguinary energy.
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