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olitionisls, we are wild fanatics and imul en
thusiasts. Hut when we commenced this article Wo
proposed speaking of the particular efforts
making in the South for the overthrow of
ulavery. Kvcn the discussion of the low
toned abolitionism which the "True Ameri
can" advocates, has awakened tho Rtlention
of a considerable portion of the people of
Kentucky, and excited tho wrath of some of
lier moboorats. Thero is considerable agi
tation among the politicians of that state,
and the probability is that the approaching
Legislative session will be marked with hot
excitement and fierce debate in consequence
of the introduction of the "vexed question."
What though the press of Cassias M. Clay
has been captured by a band of ruflians,
and his life threatened! Kentucky has done
no more than Ohio did to Himey, Lexing
ton has been no more moboeratic than was
Cincinnati; and the reaction will be as great
on tho southern banks of the Ohio, as it has
been on her northern shore.
In Maryland, Dr. Snodgrass is publishing
anti-slavery articles in his "Baltimore Sa
turday Visitor," and giving them an exten
sive circulation throughout that state. A
movement has been commenced there, hav
ing for its aim, the amendment of tho Stale
Constitution, and those who are agitating
that subject feel that the question of slavery
will inevitably como before the Convention
that shall be called to propose the necessary
amendments. Some are very fearful of this,
and dreading lest they should be tormented
before their time, have denounced all who
shall attempt to introduce it, as "enemies of
the real objects of the Constitution." John
L. Carey, editor of tho "American," a
Whig paper thus speaks of the subject:
"It has been apparent for some time past,
that a convention to amend the State Con
stitution must assemble before long. That
body, representing the primary sovereignty
of the people will be the most lit to take up
the subject of Slavery. I have no doi bt
hut it will take it rp; and of one thing
1 am equally certain, viz: that the clause in
the Constitution, which now makes Slaviry
perpetual in Maryland, will be stricken out.
Most assuredly it will be stricken out, and
that forever."
In Virginia thero is also a moving of
the waters. Tho " Richmond Whig," a
leading paper of that state is publishing a
series of essays from tho pen of "A Vir
ginian" who wo presume is Samuel M.
Janncy. Tho editor thus commends them
to tho readers of his paper:
" We havo commenced this morning, the
publication of a series of Kssays, that were
placed in our hands some time ago, but were
mislaid. These Kssays treat upon the sub
ject of "Shivery anil its Remedy, considered
as a question of Politic il Kconoiuy." We
commend them to the reader, who will find
them well written and argumentative. Wiry
stale Hie cause if the St ile if Virginia lag
ping behind her sinter Slate, in 1'ilucalimi,
Manufacture, ami gencr'il Improvement.
We commend these K-isays to the readers
of tho Whig, because, we believe there are
few in Virginia who do not agree as we do,
with tho writer; that a "temperate discus
sion" of tho question treated on, may be
beneficial."
Tho question is also being discussed in
various other parts of the slate, and we know
that the "Old Dominion" contains quite a
number of bold hearted abolitionists who
will not suffer the present excitement to de
crease, until Virginia puts away from her
the institution that is destroying her vitality
and crushing her energies.
Wo also understand that vigorous move
ments are being made in Delaware to eman
cipate her slaves. Thero aro now but few
upon her soil, and those are generally to be
found in tho southern section. The laws ol
Delaware forbid tho selling of a slave out
pf the State, and they can so ireely subsist
fipon tho poorly cultivated soil; so we may
anticipate their emancipation at no distant
In other southern states there is more or
fess anti-slavery labor being performed,
fhough not so openly nor on so extensive a
scale as in tho four we have enuui'Tated.
)n Mississippi for instance, the introduction
pf slaves is prohibited after the present year,
(lot only as articles of merchandize, but aim
as laborers for the plantations of their own cit
izens. This Constitutional provision for it
is by the Constitution the prohibition is nride
has been referred to the people, and they
requested to vote on a proposition to change
it. This of course will excito attention
attention will lead to inquiry, inquiry re
sult in discussion, and thereby will g 10 1 be
promoted, for discussion will elicit truth.
Tho New Orleans Bulletin thinks tho peo
ple are opposed to any change.
Thus our cause progresses, and consider
ing the s n ill amount of human agencies we
have had at our cuaimind, its progress has
been rapid; and in the present results we bo
iold an earnest of that niorn glorious one
which we may shortly oxpt.ot if we continuo
faithful to the principles of anti-slavery truth.
In the North an 1 in the South, ii t!i, Chqroh
and in the St ile, in all Sects and all Pmio
tho anti'slavery sentiment is gaining ground.
The fires of Freedom which the true aboli.
tlonistn have kindled on every hand, aro be
ginning to melt the icy hearts of the people,
and to Warm their frozen natures. Those
fires shall ere long bum higher, and brighter,
and hotter, until their resistless heat shall
destroy every thing which stands between
man and his humanity, and which denies t i
his soul the impress of Deity.
PRACTICAL QUAKERISM.
On Saturday nnl Sunday last, we held
meetings in Friends' Meeting House at Car
mel. Tho building being occupied by the
society on Sunday forenoon, we of course
made no appointment at that time. One of
our company, John Smith of Mecca, former
ly a Presbyterian priest, but now a coincoiit
er, and as we should judge, something of a
Quaker in his views, went to Friends' meet-'
ingin tho morning, and feeling that ho had
a message to deliver, commenced speaking,
but before he had finished saying all be wish
ed to, G'harlc llambleton interrupted him,
and desired bitn to sit down, adding "we
came here to worship, and do not wish to be
disturbed." Thomas llibbard and one or
two others spoke in the same way. Those
Quakers while professing to oppose a man
made ministry, and asserting that every one
should speak as duty prompts, gagged a man
whose testimony and manner of delivering it,
was in perfect conformity with their avowed
principles. Such is a specimen of the Qua
kerism of the llHh century.
The members of that meeting who were
present, were either not disposed to testily a
g.iinst such outrage, or elso were too much
in fear of their commanders so to do. Lot
Holms of Columbiana, was the only one
who entered his protest against the course of
proceedings which tho meeting had adopted.
If the members of that meeting approve of
the conduct of those who occupy the high
seats, then are, they in the same condem
nation, and are to bo classed with the migh
ty host of spiritual despots who for count
less generations havo been striving to
crush the mind of man. If they are opposed
to quaker g tgiring, and dare not protest a
gainst it when it is being done, then are
they bound in sectarian fetters which they
should strive to break oil', and from whose
imprisonment may GoJ send tliciu a speedy
release.
Our meeting at C irniel were numerously
attended, though wo should judge there was
but little anti-slavery feeling among the peo
ple of that pla.io. And what wonder If
tho Society of Friends',;' anli-slueerj) socie
ty, gag those who speak against oppression,
can we expect that others will bo very much
abolitioiiize 1?
SLANDER.
Various have been the devices adopted by
the enemies of tho slave, to prejudice the peo
ple against anti-slavery truth. It has been
represented time and again, that the adoption
of this doctrine, would tend to injure the com
munity in its dearest interests; it would ulti
mately result in the direst calamities, and
we should all become the innocent victims of
untold cruelty. Again has anti-slavery been
denounced as infidelity, ami no-government-ism,
and all the foul and bloody deeds of
despots and usurpers, the "Heign of Terror"
in France, and the horrors of the St. Domin
go tragedy have been presented before' a
credulous community as the legitimate re
sult of principles similar to those entertain
ed by the Abolitionists. Again has the pub
lic car been closed by the cry, that these fa
natics are trying to bring Christianity into
disrepute; it is their whole aim and object to
destroy the Church.
These objections have been removed re
peatedly. It has been demonstrated that c
mancipalion is not only safe, and will en
hance the interests of the whole nation, both
pecuniarily and morally; but that slavery is
unsafe, and tends to whelm tho country in
bankruptcy and ruin and moral degradation.
It has been shown that anti-slavery instead
of being infidelity is true Christianity, and
those who oppose it are real infidels and athe
ists. It has been proved that the anti-slavery
society is not opposed to human govern
ments, or church organizations, but those
who oppose this enterprise aro tho real ene
mies of a true government and a true church.
When the truth is presented before tho
peoplo in regard to all these false accusations,
and their perception begins to grow clear, so
they can discover tho beauty of our princi
ples, and the high and holy naturo of our en
terprise, again is their vision obscured, and
their prejudices arrayed in opposition, by the
fa)so and 'qui minors that are circulated by
Its opposors against lljose whq advocate its
doetrjiics, The poison of suspicion j pour
ed into tho public ear, soerot whispers, half
told suspioioipj, half-hesitating disclosures
are made, and if those do not product) tho de
sired elfect, tho vilust insinuations, and mont
malicious slanders afo invented and passed
from ear to ear, ani frgiu. mouth to mouth,
fitting food for a greedy and gossiping com
munity. An effort is niado to fasten upon
tho advocate of truth tho broad surmiso of
something wrong, tho foul stigma of indis
cretion, impropriety or actual crime. No in
telligible account of tho soureo of these re
ports can be given, their truth nobody is able
to vouch for, but still the slander lives, and
tho suspicion cherished that all is not right.
No matter how pure and faultless may be
the individual, indeed tho truer, and better
his life, the deeper tho malice, and the more
inhuman the butchery of his reputation. If
liko Jesus of Nazareth he goes about doing
good, if his whole life is devoted to deeds
of kindness, and works of mercy, tho more is
he assailed, and the more vigorous aro the
efforts to undermine his influence, and black
en his fame.
Although the source of these rumors is
generally unknown, yet we believe they al
most invariably have their origin among those
who stand highest in public estimation; thoso
who give tone and character to the public
sentiment. The proud Pharisee, and tho
ungodly Priest like those of olden time, con
spire together to persecute him, whose truly
Christian life is a rebuke, to their own hyp
ocritical pretensions. They know that the
mask will be torn from them, that their hid
eous deformity will he exposed, so they fore
stall the true testimony, which would seal
their condemnation, by attempting to destroy
the reputation, and therefore the influence of
him who testifies against theai. We come
to theso conclusions from the fact, that slan
der, that many-headed monster with enven
omed tongue, is nourished and cherished in
the benevolent associations of the church,
and even the Sabbath school and the pulpit
are perverted to its uses. The children are
taught to regard tho Christian reformer as
one of vile character, as one having a devil,
whilst the burning anathemas of the pulpit
are designed to fix upon him the seal of r
ternal reprobation in the public eye. The
Priest trembling for his power, and feeding
that his foundation is being undermined, like
the dying man who clings to a straw, at
tempts to sneer at, and scoff', and ridicule
hiai who teaches- the fundamental law of
Christianity.
We do not say but theso monstrous inven
tions are credited by some, and Very likely
many believe there is room for suspicion in
the case of every one whom they meet, and
they think so for tho very good reison, that
they judge others (being ignorant ol" their
character) out of their own hearts. Heiinr
themselves corrupt, and destitute of moral
principle, they can appreciate nothing high
er, an4 believe all to be governed by the
same sinister motives as themselves. Go a
mong a people where deception and falsehood
prevail, and you will find it very difficult to
establish a reputation for veracity. Go a
mong those who overreach their neighbor,
who exact usury, and enrich themselves with
legalized plunder, and it is almost impossi
ble to make them believe you aro governed
by principles of strict equity and justice.
Co among a people who are addictod'to lewd
ness and vice, and very likely you will bo
suspected of licentiousness, because they
judge those of whom they havo no knowl
edge, by their own conduct. Tho reformer
may always know the character of the peo
ple, of the church and clergy where he is, by
the rumors that aro put in circulation about
him.
THE CAPTURED OHIOANS.
The trial of Peter M. (lamer, C. J. Lo
rain, and Mordecai Thomas who were kid
napped in July last, which was to commence
on the 2nd instant, has been postponed to
tho 17th of November. Tho proceedings
on this occasion will be found at length in
another column.
Mr. Vinton, who appeared, nut . cnunstl
fur the prisoners, but as representative of the
sovereignty of Ohio, agreed to "com
pound tho felony," if wo may be allowed
tho use of a legal term, promising on behalf
of this State, that if the thieves gave up the
stolen men, they should not bo prosecuted
for kidnapping. A considerable- letting
down of the remainder of Ohio's dignity!
Tho indictment charged tho prisoners with
having committed the act in Wood county,
a county which in all probability they were
never in until forcibly taken there by their
captors. Tho bail required by the court was
Virginia bail, and nono othor would answer
Wo wish their neighbors from the northwest
bank of the Ohio had come forward and offered
bail, we should then perhaps have seen
whether Virginia rogards that as a part of
her domain, or whether by refusing to ac
knowledge such as Virginia ball, slip would
Stand si,' condemned,
Virginia wag evidently determined to post-
pone the trial by fair means or foul, until
she learned what steps, Ohio would take in
regard to indicting tho kidnappers, so that
her action might bo regulated accordingly
She fear? to convict, but 13 unwilling to dis
charge the prisoners too soon, lest their ac
quittal bo immediately followed by a de
mand upon the Governor for the purrendor
of the kidnappers. Sho therefore retains
them as hostages for tho good behaviour of
Ohio.
There is no doubt that great results will
grow out of this case. We caro very little
about tho legal bearings of the question, but
the agitation that will necessarily be produc
ed in the community, will bo beneficial.
TO OUR READERS.
When our last No. came press
wo observed a great many typographical er
rors. We suppose a few mistakes aro par
donable, as some are found in all papers; but
the unusual number in our last seems to de
mand some apology. As we lecture a part
of the time, and perform our editorial duties
the other part, if thero is any delay in the
publication of tho paper, it interferes with
our appointments. Such was the case last
week, we were obliged to read the proof
at midnight, and in great haste, in order to
fulfill an engagement to hold meetings some
twenty miles distant the next day. We de
sign to bestow all necessary attention upon
tho paper, and the errors which have been
found in it, offend our own order as much as
they possibly can that of our readers. We hope
that no very gross mistakes will be seen
hereafter, still, we are entirely unaccustomed
to reading proof, and cannot promise perfec
tion in that respect, for some time yet.
[From the Cincinnati Herald.]
ABOLITIONISTS—LIBERTY MEN.
" Abolitionists" and "Liberty Men," aro
hardly convertible terms. (1) -Sir. Giddings
is an Abolitionist, but a more active oppo
nent of tho Liberty party can scarcely be
found. Mr. (iarrison is an Abolitionist, but
he is as hostile to the Liberty party as to the
slaveholders,
For want of attention to these distinctions
the public are constantly liable to be led in
to error. Thus, we notice a paragraph going
the rounds, nuiinuneing that the Abolition
ists of Portage county have held a inci ting,
at which it was resolved to make no nomina
tions for the fall elections. The probability
is, that the Whig Abolitionists have held
such a meeting, and passed such a resolution
but what of that! Whig Abolitionists, are
Whigs, not Liberty men. ft is no new thing
that they should disapprove of a separate or
ganization. That the Liberty ineii of Por
tage have assumed this ground, we shall take
the responsibility of denying.
We arc glad that Dr. Uailey compre
hends this truth, and hope he will give us
due credit fur endeavoring to make the peo
ple understand the distinction between Lib.
erty men ur Liberty parly men, if we give
tho full name and Abolitionists. They
most certainly are nut convertible terms.
All Aholilioaists are not Liberty party men,
and a Liberty party man is not necessarily
nu abolitionist. Mo m ay bo a broken down
Whig, a disappointed Democrat, or perchance
a scheming demagogue of neither paity.
We have been censured by some for making
the distinction, but are glad we can now quote
to our Liberty friends, the authority of Dr.
llailey. It is also important that we do not
confound in this way the character of news
papers, but ever keep in view the distinction
between Abolition papers, and Liberty party
papers.
(-) In the first part of this paragraph the
F.ditor refers to an article, which suites that
the Abolitionists of Portage county resolved
to u ma Ire mi nominations for the fall election,"
and before he gets through, in order to satis
fy Iiis readers that these Abolitionists were
Whigs, and not Liberty party men, he makes
them "disapprove of a separate organization.''
Is thero no difference between declining to
make nominations, and disapproving of sep
arate organizations? Wo think we can sec
a very great one, and they aro "hardly con
vertiblo" phrases. We think it is possible,
even for Liberty party men, to declino ma
king nominations under certain circumstan
ces, lie tikes it upon himself to deny that
the Liberty men of Portage have assumed
the ground of disapproval of separate organ
izations. Who asserted they had? Will ho
deny they resolved not to make nominations
for tho fall elections? Wo think not. We
have not seen tho article referred to, but havo
received some information in regard to tho
matter in question, that we believe authentic,
and which readily accounts for tho course
they pursued. At their nominating conven
tion there happened to be some one who was
fanatical enough to think that tho principle
which would lead ono out of a pro-slavery
party; would, if ho wero consistent; bring
him out of a pro-slavery sec! and when the
nominees wero announced, ho showed that
they wero ecclesiastically sustaining that
which politically they professed a dosiro to
overthrow; and inasmuch as Iheao nion wero
upholding slavery by continuing in "Tho
American Church, the Hulwark of American
Slavery," as James G. llirney has truly call
ed it, the convention saw the absurdity of
nominating them to office, and us it could se
lect no others more suitable in that, and as
suilablo in other respects, it adjourned with
out making a nomination. Does the Doctor
"take the responsibility of denying this!"
If wo have been wroiagly informed, we should
liko to bo corrected, but no one's assertion
without proof, however boldly expressed will
convince us to tho contrary.
MR. GIDDINGS AND DISUNION.
" We the undersigned, do hereby certify
that Aliby Kelhy, in the course of an ad
dress delivered in this village on the l-Jth
inst., Btited that the Hon. J. H. Oiddings
had said to her in a private conversatioTi,
"if I'liinn m a rtir.se and uwiht In lie fiWe
ul, unit lit (Oiddings) thouldOc glad tn see
it ilissiilrtil." Again ho said, "the I'niim h
a cur.ie to all cnneeriud, ami lie tliimlil tit glad
t arc it ili.Tsiilcul." We further certify that
these were the very words, word for word,
attributed by Miss'Kclky to Mr. Oiddings
without explanation."
C. T. Hi.akesi.ee, A. C. Gardner;
H. YlMKNT, K. liKKHK,
And sixteen ethers.
The above certificate has of late been pub
lished in some of the Liberty papers of Ohio
with great paradu and sounding of trumpets.
Is it an unpardonable sin in the eyes ol that
party, that a Whig should believe that tho
L'nion is a curse, and that he should desire its
dissolution? lias Liberty party constituted
itself the guardian of "our glorious Union"?
Has it added another article to its creed?
Has it appended another question to its cate
chism? What business lias it to know or
caro whether a man is opposed to, or in favor
of the Union. Time was when Liberty par
ty did not question a man as to whether ho
went for bank or no bank, tariff' or no tariff",
union or no union. Slavery, it said, was
the onli subject on which it claimed tho
right to catechise. Hut hero in Ohio it has
begun to feel that in order to live it must
pander to public sentiment, that it must fall
in with the prejudices of the people, and cry
"Great is the Union of America!" Wo pro
nounce the parading of this affidavit with
its twenty signatures, a low political trick,
a man-trap to catch the unthinking. Does
not Liberty party know that there are very
many Whigs beside Joshua U. Giddings
who believe the Union to be a curse? Does
it not know that there are Democrats as well
as Whigs who hold to this doctrine? Does
it not know there are Liberty party men who
so regard it, and s.iy they would be glad to
have it dissolved! Does it not in short know
that opposition to the Union is confined to
no party, but is found among the members
of all? What a precious pieco of political
humbug then, to talk, as its editors do,
about "Mr. Giddings and Disunion."
Until Liberty party has fully discussed
in the columns of its papers tho question
whether the Union ought to bo preserv
ed, and whether the Constitution ought
to be sustained, giving not only its own
views, hut permitting tho Disunionists to
speak for themselves, so that all who read
may understand the character of the Union,
we advise it to allow every man to hold un
molested his own sentiments in relation to
it. To do otherwise, is as absurd as would
bean attempt to make war upon some prom
inent Whig because ho docs not believe that
the present man-butchering and oppressive
human government is ordained of God,
which Liberty party men in some soclions
of the country do.
FORGOT THEIR GUNS!
Tho New Orleans correspondent oftlie Na
tional Intelligencer, writing undor date of iid
ult., mentions the almost incredible circum
stance, that although Gen. Taylor, commanding
tho U. S. army in Texns, "lias a coiuidorablo
body of artillery with him, they have all been
noiit down thero irifnoui their gum.' It appears
that some or all of the guns that the different
detachments had with them at their respective
points of einliaicalion lioni tho United Slates
woro either not of tho proper kind or calibre,
or from some other cause woro not suitable;
and that others to supply their place were to be
shipped from the North; but which had not yet
arrived."
This reminds us of the two cockneys who
went duck shooting. After wading through
brako and fun in the grey of the morning, limy
at length got near onougli to hoar the game..
"Shout," said olio. "No' you shoot," said tho
other, "Why I haven't got any gun," said the
first. "Yon haven't? why bless uie, nor I nei
ther." Ohio Star.
Tbiai. for iNsi-RnECTioN. The Port Tobacco
(Md.) Times, of Thursday, says. "Charles Co.
Court is still in session; tho Hon. Judges Dor
Boy and Mngrudor upon the bench. It is tosting
of tho will of tho late John Lbrncs.fur a number
of years Clerk ofCharlcs County Court, in which
there is a large amount of propeity involved. A
bill of indictment having been found by Iha
Grand Jury against Dili Wheeler and Mark Caj
sar for boing prune movers and instigators in the
lata negro insurrection, their trial, as toon as,
the will case is decided, will oome up. By an
act of the Legislature, the crime of insurrection
it made puuishable with dcalh; and aa they are
indicted for this grave offence, their punishment
will be in accoidance to the law, should they b
convicted."
ANTI-SLAVERY MEETINGS.
S. S. Foster of N II. and Abby Kellcy of
'Mass, will hold meetings at tho following
places:
SpriiurborouL'h. Warren Co.. Vri,h,v Sa
turday and Sunday, Sept. Si!, SJ7, SHth.
Xenia, Green Co,, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Sept, 30th, October 1, 2d.
ureen nam, Clark Co., Friday, Satur.
day and Sunday, Oct. 3, 1, ot'-,

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