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feENJAMIN S: JONES, EDITOR.
"XO VXION WITH SLA YLnOLbEHS."
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VOL. 10. NO. 17.
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The Anti-Slavery Bugle.
[From a lecture by Henry D. Thoreau.]
I think of him, and his six eon", and his
son-in-law not to enumerate the others, eulist
d for this fight, proceeding coolly, reverently, hu
manely to work, fur month", if not years, sleepiug
and waking upon it, summering and wintering the
thought, without expecting any reward but a good
'COasoianoe, while almost all America stood ranked
on the othor side, I say again, that it effects mo as
a sublime spectacle. If he had bad any journal
advocating "At cause," any orgaD, as the phrase
!i,monotonou8ly and wearisomely playing the same
Id tune, and then pasting round the hat, it would
have been fatal to his efficiency. If he had nctod
in any way so as to be lot ulono by the government,
be might have been suspected. It was the fact
that the tyrant must give place t j liiin, or he to the
tyrant, that distinguished him from all tho reform
ers of the day that I know.
It was his peculiar ductiire that a man has a
perfect right to interfere by force with the slave
holder, in order to rescue the slave. I agree with
bins. They who are continually shocked by slave
ry have some right to be shocked by tho violent
death of the slaveholder, but no others. Such will
be more shocked by his life than by his doath. I
hall not be forward to think him mistaken in hi
method who quickest succeeds to liberate the
lave. I speak for the slave when I say, that 1
prefor the philanthropy of Captain Brown to that
philanthropy which neither shoots me nor liber
ates me. At any rate, I do not think it is quite
esne for one to spend his whulo lil'o in talking or
Writing about this matter, unless he is continu
ously inspired, and I have not done so. A inuu
nay have other affairs to attend to. I do not wish
to kill or to be killed, but I can foresee circum
stances in which both these things would be by
Jue unavoidable. Wo preservo the so-callod peace
of our community by deeds of petty violence
very day. Look at the policeman's billy and
handcuffs! Look at the jail 1 Look at tho gal
lows 1 Look at tho chaplain of the regiment 1 We
are hoping only to livo safely oa the outskirts of
(hia provisional army. So we dol'end ourselves and
our hen-roosts, and maintain slavery. I know that
the mass of my oountrymen think that the only
righteous use that can be made of Slmrpo's rifles
and revolvers is to fight duels with them, when
we are insulted by other nations, or to Lunt In
dians, or shoot fugitive slaves with them, or the
like. I think that fur once the Sharpe's rifles and
revolvers were employed in a righteous cause.
The tools were in the hands of one who could use
The same indignation that is said to have clear
ed the temple once will clear it again. The ques-
tivu io not uuoui me weapon, out tne spirit in
which you use it. No man bag appeared in Amer
ica, as yet, who loved his fellow-man so well, aud
treated hiiu so tenderly. Ho lived for him. He
took up bis life and he laid it down for him. What
sort of violence is that which is encouraged, not
by soldiers but by peaceable citizens, not so much
by laymen ai by ministers of the gospel, not so
txtueh by the fighting sects as by the Quakers, and
Dot so much by Quaker men as by Quaker women T
This event advertises me that there is such a
faetas death tho possibility of a man's dying. It
eacme as if no man bad ever died in America be
fore, for in ordor to die you must first have lived.
I don't believe io the bcarscs, and palls, and fu
nerals that they have bad. There was no death
in the case, because there bad been no life; they
merely rotted or sloughed off, pretty much as they
bad rotted or sloughed along. No temple's vail
Was rent, only a hole dug somewhere. Let the
dead bury their dead. The best of them fairly
ran down like a clock. Franklin Washington
they were let off without dying; they were merely
missing one day. I bear a good muoy pretend
that they are going to die; or that they have died,
for aught that I know. Nonsense 1 I'll dofy
them to do it. They haven't got life enough in
them. They'll deliquesce like fungi, and keep a
bunded eulogists mopping the spot whore they left
off. Only balf a doxeu or so have died since the
world began. Do you think that jou are going
to die, sir? No 1 there' no hope of you. You
haven't got your lo' son yet. You'vo gut tJ stay
after school. We make a needless ad j about cap
jlttl puniohuient lakg lives, when there is no
life to tuke. -Ve.fi'o mi. il We djn'l undur-
I 1. ii
star J tbnt sublime sentonco which some worthy
got sculptured on bis gravestone once. We've
interpreted it in a grovelling atid snivelling sense;
we've wholly forgotten how to die.
But be sure you do die, nevertheless. Do your
work, and finish it Ifjou know how to begin,
you will know when to end.
Ihcso mcii, in teaching us how to dtp, have at
the s.une time taught us how to live. If this man's
nI)d wordt d(l not crcat0 a rotifft u wiI1 bo
,ho ,8 on , acts wo
that do. It is tho best news that America has
hed. I, has -lready quickened the feeble
of tho North, and infused more and more
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generous blood iq her veins and heart, than any
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number of years of whit is called commercial and
political prosperity could. How many a mon who
was lately contemplating suicide has now somo-
thing to livo for !
One writer says that Brown's peculiar monoma
nia made him to be "dreaded by tho Missourhms
as a supernatural being." Suro onough, a hero
in iho midst of us cowards is always so dreaded.
Ho is just that thing. He shows himself superior
to nature. He has a spark of divinity iu him.
"Unless above himself he doth erect himsolf.
How poor a thing is man 1"
Newspaper editors argue also that it is a prool
of his insanity that he thought he was appointed
to do this work which ho did that ho did not sua
poet himself for a aioment ! They talk as if ii
wcro impossible that a man could bo ' divinely ap
pointed" in thoso days to do uny work whatever;
as if vows and religion were out of date as con
nected with any man's daily work, as if the agent
to abolish Slavory could ouly be somebody appoin
ted by tho President, or by some political party.
They talk as if a man's death were a fuilure, and
bis continued life, be ii of whatever chaiaclcr,
wcro a success.
When I reflect to what a cause this man devo
ted himself, and how religiously, and then reflect
to what causo his judges and all who condemn
him so angrily and fluontly dovoto themselves, I
see that they are as far apart ab the heavens and
earth are asunder.
Tho amount of iti, our ''lenling men" ore a
harmless kind of folk, uud they know Ueli enounh
Who is it whoso safety rcqu'res that Captain
Bruwnbohungt Is it indispensable to any Nor
thern mnu ? Is thcro no resouree but to cast these
men also to the Minotaur? If you do not wish it,
ay so distinctly. While these things are being
done, beauty stands veiled and mutio is a screech
ing lie. Think of him uf bis rare qualities 1
such a mail as it lakes ages to make, and oges to
understand; no mock hero, nor the reprcs"ntative
of uny party. A man such as the sun may not
riso upon again in this benighted land. To whose
making went the costliest material, tho finest ada
mant; sent to be the redeemer of thoso iq captivi
ty; and the only uso to which yot can put him in
to liang linn at tuo cna ut a rope ! lou who pro
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uv uiu votes ui iiiutr uariy,
tend to care for Christ crucified, consider wua, i
you are about to do to him who offered himself to I
bo tho savior of four millions of men.
An, manknows when heis iuitified. nd all the
wits iu tho world cannot enlighten him on that
point. The murdertr always knows that he is
justly punished; but when a govcrumcnt takes the ,
lile of a man without the consent of his cun-
.cictice.it is an audaciouR government, and is tuk-1
ing a step towards its own dissolution. Is it nut
Dussiblo that an individual may be rijlit and a!
sovcroment wron-? Are laws to bo enforced !
simi.lv because thev were made ? or declared
any number of men to be good, if lhy ore not, a
irnod Is there aDV necessity for a man's beiiiL-1
tool to perform
deed of which his better nature!
disapproves? Is it the inteution of law-makers
that yood men shall be hung ever? Are judges:
interpret the law according to the letter, and!
not the spirit? What right have you to enter into
compact with yourself that you ici'W do thus or!
nuainst the licht within you ? Is it for vou
ia.e up your mind to form any resolution
whatever and not accept the eoaviciions that arc
lorceu upou you, ana wincti ever pass your un
derstandiug? I do not believe in lawyers, in that
mode of attacking or defending a man, because
you descend to meet the judge on his own ground,
and ip cases nf the highest imnortance it is nf nn 1
consequecco whclbor a man breaks a human law
not. Let lawyers decide trivial cases. Busi
ness mou may arrange that among themselves. If
they wero the interpreters of the everlasting laws
which rightfully bind man, that would bo another
thine. A counterfeiting law-factory, standing j
I r in a Ibita tftnit nnrl linlf In ft. fl-PA t Wl-.nr
kind of laws for free men can you expect from
I am here to plead hi cause with you. I plead
for his life, but for his character hi immor
ta life; and so it becomes your cause wholly, and
not his in tho least. Sou.e eighteen hundred
year ago Christ was cruciuca; this morning, per
chance, Captain Brown wa. hung. These, ore the
eude of a chain which is not without its links,
is not Old Brown any longer; ho is an angel
I see now Ibat it wa. necessary that the bravest
humanest man in all the country should bo
bung. Perhaps be law it himself. I almost ear
I may yet hear of hia deliverance, doubting
a prolonged life, if any life, can do a much good
"Misguided I" 'Garrulou 1" "Insane!" Vin
dictive I" So ye write in your easy cht:n, and
be wounded rosponds from the floor of the
Armory, clear a. a cloudless sky, true a. the voice
nature is : "No man sent me here; it was my
prompting and that of my Maker. I acknowl
edge no master in human form."
And iu what a sweet and noble (train be pro
ceeds, addressing hi captor, who stand overturn:
think, my friends, you are guilty of a great
wrong against God and humanity, and it would be
perfectly right (or any one to inteifere witb you
far as to free those you wilfully and wickedly
And refjrriyg to his movemtct i ."It is, in my
opinion, the greatest service a man 010
"I pity the poor in bondage that have none to
help them; that is why I am here; not to gratify
any personal animosity, revenge; or vindlotive spir
it. It is my .sympathy with the oppressed and
the wronged, that are as good as you, and as
procious in the tight of God."
You don't know your testament when you
"I want you to understand that I respect the
rights of tho poorest and weakest of colored poo
plo, oppressed by the slavo powor, ju9t as much os
I do those of the most weiltliy and powerful."
"I wish to say, furthermore, that you had bet
ter, all you peoplo at theSouth, prepare yourselves
for a settlement of that question, that must come
up for settlement sooner than you are prepared
for it. The sooner you sic prepared the better.
Yuu may dispose of me very easily. I am nearly
disposed of now; but this question is still to be
settled this negro question, I mean; the end of
that is nut yet."
I foresee the lime when the painter will paint
that scene, no longer going to Kinio for a s ul jeet; ;
uiu puei win sing ii; tne nistorian recora k; anu,
wmi inu LAMUllig 01 tile 1 llnma aua duration :
ol Indepen Jenco, it will be the ornament of some
luimu iimiuuai n iwnrv. wnen nt :nnr mn nrpapni
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form uf Slavery shall bo no inure here. We shall
thon bo at liberty to weep fur Ciptaiu Brown.
Then, aud not till then wo will take our reveuge.
[From a lecture by Henry D. Thoreau.] "LIBERTY OR DEATH"-ESCAPE OF THE
FUGITIVE-A THRILLING SKETCH,
We give lolow on extract from ihe new Anti-
Slavery novel, entitled "Harrington," just pu' -lished
by Thayer &. Eldridge, feoston. Antony, a
slave, having been unmercifully scourged by his
owner, resolved on having -'liberty or death," and
accordingly fled into an adjacent 6wamp. After
many perilous adventures
Iluebing on, haggard with apprehension nnd
desporute resulution, with bis teeth set, his large
nostrils dilated, and his glaring eyes roving warily
labuut him, he camo to a j.lantatiou divided from
tho one ho was on by a hedgo of the ossage-orange, j
and with a similar hed.'O skirting tho ron.l. To i
breakthroup.li this would be difficult, so ho took '
the roa ""J ran r,n, with the fresh wind of tho !
omnia niuruinir bloin. ur.on him. nnd innroasinir
. " n, .
tus tear witli the thought of the new dangers the
daybreak would bring. It was a krge plantation, j
aud it took bun some time to arrive at its termi-
nus, at which a road diverged from the one on
which be was journeying. He reached this road,
there olad in shabby light clothes, and ceming'1"0.-
down the path, not three yards distant from him,!
was a maul !
Antony swung up his club, and stood wi;h ocrn-'bo
ed nostrils and glaring eyes, his black face olive !
with fierce courage. Tho man halted, and looked '
at him with a sullen scowl. In the blank pause, J
all life seemed to have died from the air, and the
moon lay faded in a vacant sky, aghast and gray
iu the pulo light of the morning. The man was
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S"uni it-iiow, wi:o a narsu anu sallow lac-
lurn ,aue' uut 10 ,ue a"rK- ""ii-demenua uncy ol
uio tugiuve, uo umuy seemeu a uevu, ana me ;
f1'"-'0 was 6ti11 "K" hel1- I
"See hero nigger," ho said, in a stern, ttrident j
To!oe' "jer a rur,ttWiy. There's their name as
ns cr on Jer C jll'ir an'1 1 1"l,w LaQt'o Broth- j
Jfcw 0rleilDS' want cr- I-'n fi'o' dj n ir.
th0 "rst boa'' nnd Jer cou"n "h me, right away,
and no fusB. Wh.il '
SB. t h it ye av. ni'ser? . t
u," u B,u,,Kr 1 ul" "'''J " ,
ldly' WRtel'"'s ll,e fuR'11 "'' Sense ;
hv!Uicke'ed tliruuBl1 l,'c cllr,J -r Antony. Here was ;
cl"inuo t0 Uct eafcly dow n tho river beyond, a '
cUa,"-e ,0 Klve l,:a capti.r the slip when he reached ,
lbo cUJ- ,Ib fluDK c,ub aWfty-
I'll go with ve, MarMer," ho taid, sullenly.
The man put up his pistol.
"What's yer name, boy?" he asked,
"Bill, eh? Yuu'te tho Fugitive Slave Bill,
said the man, with a duil grin.
"leg, Marster. " j
"Well, Bill, I collect bills for a livin, and I
reckuu I'vo collected vou. Bill. Hope I'll collect
fiomoiLing on yer, too. tome a.oug.
Antony followed him. Not a word further was
8aid 00 eitLer 8iJe- Meanwhile, around them the !y
Pallor 01 lQe tKJ nguienea iu.o aayLrcaK; Lorns
bounded over the pluutatiors; the black gangs
were coming forth into the field on every side; thej
birds dur.ed und sang; the fragrant wind blew '
trceuij iruui uiu vaoi. auu lLO ilitJ 01 UftV Let?iiU
f ' , !
i caii, nuu iuio, duu buuio, Willi lDtaDO IdO-
cies flitting through the horrible lethargy which
was creeping on his mind, Antony followed hi.
taciturn captor, and just a. the risicg sun shot a lbe
.ow broad splendor over the landscape, the, came the
a .olitary landing-place, with a sLant, and a1
vu w.ue 8'eau.ing
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It was all a dim, dread dream. In it came a'
UUSB "uus""-. P"raoB. ana snort.ng, ana clanking, !
'omitinjt cloud of blak .mtko, aud lifting and '
asl"DB "J dniiing trees and lug. and refuse '
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,U3 6 u,i- - u",iu, u UU"J and
tumult, a great heaving mass, a .warm of people, cf
air blind with light and heavy with eruuke, a
roar of voice, laughing, and talking, and halloo- .
ing; the clanging of a bell, pile of coltuo and .
good of all sort, the clank of engine, the wal- lb
towing oi water, ponuerou snorung, and Heaving,
.urging, all mixed together in inextricable lad
confusion, aud he who dreamed it vaguely knew ,
he wa. silling, like one drugged, on a heaving rjr.
with heap, of mercbaudi.e around biia. rJ4r
he. ank away into a. till heavier letbar- in3
in which everything became even more dim
distant, and from thence he .lid into a blank '
uoce again the dream seems 1
to swim beavilv
that deatb-like .lumber a vague, spectral dred
dream, in which .one oae gave him a hunch of J
bread, which be ate .lowly in a glimmering ' ibe
ligbt, remotely conscious of a dark figure .laud-1 spar
near, tf distant Voices, a far-off snorting and
c'.aiikinE, a shudieiir. m . i .u tei.tvh hi,t.. m.l
formless LuU aroi.i.a Mm. K.s. i. ly, it dr.wsj
dis. lived into dukt.es ai 4 tilcrc-i
L'ko ono who dreutus of awaking, ho awoke
again, aim siupmiy .trove to remember whero he
was, and what had bofailen him. In tho dull
gleam of a hanKin2 I;n;ern, he saw masses of
bales and boxo., casks and furniture, and tni-ecl-laneous
merehnndi-e, lying in murky (loom. A
few dark, uncouth furms of sleeping men, heavily
breathing; were etrown about in various grotesque
atmuuee on ii,o piles of cotton. In tho stillness
he heard tho regular snort an! clank nf Ilia en-!
gino, the rushing of tho water, and felt with
dull giddiness the floor rocking and swaying in
long, regular undulations.
Somehow, a miniito efterwsrd, he fiunl himself
ouv uu iuo cuge oi ttio deck, sick and dizzy, steadv;
tr . .
ing n.mscM ngunst a heap of bales, and looking
out on a brond, dim river, rolling in mighty, lan-
tvii i rl anrffPR nnrln. I ,
" 'irp, iow, yellow inuon.
Logs nnd trees and masses of chnfT and rpfu.e
lifted blacV.ly in tli o tawny light on tho long swells.
All around the wr.tor fled by, churned into a mill-'
race of seething froth ondfe um Bevor.d i n
hugo steamboat; bl'ick ftnoke triilini frnm ,J
fire flurine from il,,n n.l (,nl.!"i
c&Pfirnir.r... U!L ,.fi:..u ; . .
ing inntcrn8 ;,ere ftn(, , . ,; ...
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rows of oblong wiuduws and from everv
holo end cranny; tho strong current beaten Upj
into a flood of foam beneath iti wheels- ani .i,,
darks and the lithts uf an iaverted phautom steam-'
bout hunc; beloH-it in tue water Fr v
low, Llai k thores, with here and there a riuut
spectral tree, nnd dull lights glimmering. Howas!WBr'
00 a migl"J lido of a river which ran through
Sick and dizzy, and with a horror on his mind,
he etaggored back with the heavy drowse on all
his faculties, through the tortious lafte of tettoir
balos, and sinking dowu on ono of them, fell into
his fjrin-.-r Icliiarv.
He did taut Lop thrcagii the night, but lay in
utter torpor, thinking of nothing, fearing and hup-
ing nothing, only vaguely coutcioUs of w hero he
w9, end of the forms around bitn. Overstrung
f,,r n"'n)" Ka w ith the unnatural toils of a slave,
"d still more tense! r uverstrnni. ;.). it,. i.rii.l
lahore of his joumev thn.uj.li the'nioras over-i
'rullK Mb in body and spirit, as few but slaves
ever arc-,e had sunk hark, nmr ,
roaxaucn tjaj come, into lassitude as excessive as
were t'" fatiguesj an 1 agitutions of which it was
"io ijjictn n. Safe for the present, with no imme
jdialc stimulus to urge him into activity, ho lay,
body! and spirit, as in the sentient sleep of the!
Toward moruing, he sank away again into a!
hrsvv dreamless klumher. fW it.ulno ih.
dresmed that he was aroussd bv some ono
whom le did not recocnize. and bid to come aloni?
und gel something to cut. Iohisdretm he
o shake the stupor from his bleared eyes, which
even the dim light otnong the bales painted, and
obey. Dut the druwso was heavy upon him,
be could only mumble out that ho didn't waut!
io cat, anu llie Urcaui instantly issolved iu 0bliv
.un. lie was left undisturbed, for his captor wasi
not w.-.uoui pity lor Liui, aud saw that he was ter-,
Butlatclhat t.ight, When midnight was two!
.uurs gone, and the moon was westering palely
from the tky, the trump of Liberty or Death oun-
ded agaiu in the car of (he fugitive, ond hi spirit
arose from its tomb. A hand shuek him, a voice
shouted in his ear ibat thev were near il.n ,.;i
insianuy springing to ins lect, wuU fresh
blosd leaping through his veins, with new pulse;
throbbing in his heart, and all his faculties awake
and alive, and brnied with the utmost cunning.
their fullest cuurage, and their most desperate res-
olutiun, he followed his captor out un deck. Thej
ffi, kiilm miUnf ti.o .-i.;..i. l . .. i
yond a forest of masts and hulls, aud scattered
ill.ts bung in the liggirg. or glimmering on thc;
jletce, dark and silent, with it roofs aud spired
massed against the purple sky, and glittering in :
jll.cmotn. Tho night was hut and still, a .d a
hesty languor hung over tho great breadth of reg-j
ular rolling swells. Ships lay at anchur ull about
the stream, liftine with the lifiin? of the nurr
;ananere ana mere a uat-bout with lights on
board, end ths men plying their long sweeps, lazi-
steered its way on the drift between the bulls.!
Antony watchcij the scene, witb Lis beart fiercely
beatiog at the thought of the coming trial.
Meanwhile, the boat, with her bell ringing war0
,,., -clanking and snorting on thro ugh the foam-1
-, j 1 , l ; a,.nA l i i
BUV. LlttWIIUL UL'UM DIUUUil II C( lUV UUU
whcelfi, nd the pagseogcrs were pouring fort!;
mpn, Wfimrri and liildrn. nn hfr
6tood Gently bv bis captor, on the
ftrard dccki 8mlds, tllB tumuU aDj crowding of
riscn muhitude, biding hi. time. The moment
boat ,oacl,ed ,h9 Ufee he wa, determined to
p 69ide froul Li, compauion, ariose
Lin)se!rin ,,,ecrowd. To this end he stood a lit-
to one side ol him, watching hi every move-
Suddenly the clatter of conversation and the
trampiitig u fcet were ltricken etill by a wild yell,
above which wa heard the slow, imrassive snort
clank of Ibe engine, and tho brattling wash
tb, wMer. Tleo but furtb . ibri ciltnot of
crits and scream, frum the after deck, followed by
tr,mr,iin rosb -hid, threw all forward. ,
,4l,8Ili0 ebuck. into mad confusion: then behind
pouting eT0W toddenIy lighted a red fUte, j
f,jllowed by a tr.mendou. volume of black smoke,
,t onc()i aalid!lt ,errifia disorder, uprose a
dreadfuI orul 0f ,el4 d .creams. fron the hor
tbat llr;ck8n mul,i,ud.. The next instant the up
deck. of TOice. wa. .titled in a multitudinsu. chok
Oradually nd gating, a. the thick, poisonou. .moke
wep, 0I8r th, decks, and presently op shot a
,beeling bure, 0f ciear flame, witb shrivelling
jrinelet of black vapor writhing and vaoivbine
u in it. licbtine the chasllv Bailor of the bun
of terrified face., ail turned one way. ,n(i
throwing it. lurid glare on the churning froth and j
lifting well, and oa Ibe myriad mast and t
and ringing of lb urroundiog vessels,
which started nut suddenly in line and bar. of;
tawny splendor again.! a background of gloom. 1
f.,en jn ihat awful moment, Antony did not lose1
';ht of his csptjr. With hi. wh' l cul fiercely
'bent on getting away from him, he sav him start
haek and shout with terror. With his eye fixed
on him.ho heard the rapid jabber of a terrified man
behind bin) shrieking out that a lantern had fal
len and biokcn, celling Cro to a pool of turpentine
r'.iicli had loakod from a barrel on the after deck,
und the fire spreading at unco to the barrel, it had
burst and f! wiled the boat with flame. Still watch
ing hiiii. lit. heard tho screntiicd order ti) reverse
1,in engines, and smidft howls and cries of anguish
a'ut,J Ji-'si.air, ai:d cursing aud praying, aud the
j heavy thump of men and women falling in swoon
upon the deck, or trampling and fight'ng over each
ot,'cr in their frantic depo'ation, wbilo the ad-
s "amo leaped "id wrilRed, crackling und
bristling and roaring Turioubly on amidst all the
horror and 3edlam coufupion of that minute for
was but one standing still, with his eye riveted
00 "'8 captur, be heard the ponderous clanki the
I 'l'n wae'' and walluw, and felt tho boat drift
!)ae'1 wal d 'u K;'m the middle of the stream. That
' "'slant he sprang backward, and ru shing through
'be crowd, kicked off his shoes, and leaned into
Ho P.tnrrtroA aor.t) c frnm hU nlnno nnti.l-
! shower of fiery cinders, with the lifting surges
!'"ro nr0UI" ond struck boldly forward
')r ''10 '!VC(' Bee'nS Ht a K'anco the burning mass
' d'if' behind him, and all tho illuminated ships at
"i0 '''crs an( 'n ,'19 8trei,,n suddenly alive with
!houting figures. Turning for an instant, and
' ,reiJ'"S water, be saw the boat clanking back
w''h her black funnels rinlng from a leap:
! inS 60(1 c'l'lnK mountain of ehioke ond flame, her
- . ..ill 1 n - I r I :.. I
paesengers all huddled forward in a dcusf, shriek
ing muss, black against tho fiery glow, and figures
jumping into tho water which was already dot
ted with dark, 6wimnii.,g forms, and looted like
turbulent sea of fUine ignited from the spectre of
a burning boat below its surface. Among the
of hiui, or clinging to pieces of drift-wood or fur
niture. To avoid being picked vp by any of the
boats was a necessary pait of bis lack; for they,
"wiiamiuf; figures thero was, t.erhaps, not ono but
" 8 e"elnJ no1 one wl' would not naie Dim
! ,,ack to ,he a Jag0 from wl'iel' waa S"'US-
I K"n& owa-v- 1 u"g OK'0, ho swam on, heading
I 0Bul,18t "10 Ponderous CUrrcut which would bear
I ii'm duwn liasl ,De ''J "U1 out to sea. Boats
were Put,i"C out !n a11 direction from tho ships
! in 1,10 stream, and from ihe thore, to pick up the
snimmeis, many of whom were swimming in front
j t0"' wcra nianue(l "S '1IS enemies. Reaching a
lrt;8 trlg ttncllorea la tll! s'ream, with a few sai
and i,jrs finding un the bulwarks and in the rigging,
wltcl'i"K 'l)0 burning vessel, he resolved to cling
I 5t rudder a few moments to recover breath.
ani ns he approached ft, looking-op through the
"had(,w'' mada luminous 'he wan I ght of the
tr:ed'moon' ahi ,!ie reflecte(1 e'aro of the wate.-, he
! reatl on tho 6torc' in wlli'e ,ettcr8 ,he words,
"SjLI5"AX. Boston." His heart throbbed wildly;
an'1 cl'lninK t0 'be rudder under an overhanging
l,ja! e l',cneJ t0 tUo talking on the deck above
;i: J .1-1 1 - . .
" ' 1 J '"'")
'""J ""e8, ana
Just r3a.lv to sail! He heard these words with
Ij" rain 8fl-"uc- chance had come. Setting
! '"is knees to tho slirpery rudder, be began to
climb. It was hard work, for the holm was coated
"'h sea-slime, but at length he got his lues upon
''le 'light pnjection of ono of the iron clamps
luat bound the wood lopethfir. and fi,-rjml,lio.T nn.
j "aro. uuia oi tne boat swinging ostein, and
clambering in, remained still, and listened
IIa lialJ no bn discovered. Tho talking above
' Ula wa 6'i" go'n? on, and presently ho heard the
lraDJP 'he two men as they moved away for
ward. liaising himself in lbo boat, ho cautiously
Oeered in at tha r.ihin wmfl.,v X i
wa" 'urulr,i; within, and all waa quiet. He put
ln u:s l,ca'J looked around him fur a moment, ond
iIlen Healthily got in. Going to the cabin door,
ne Peerd out un tho deck. Everybody was at the
hows, standing on the bulwarks aud in tho rigging
111 'bo witu glare, watching the steamboat, which
was now one mass of leaping flame, half a mile
loway up tho river. Cries and scroam and shouts
"cra "U'J"' ou. iu wr iu uireouone.
Poking at the deck, he saw that the hatch nearest
lliln w" Pen-nnd De"ed 10 desperation, and al
"""" lu"u .wuii, UI nn uguuy
lorwara, ins Dare leei maKing no eouna, ana un-
bj 0Uy n' 80 ln,CDl ,ha R6a0raI 2Bte
n " conflagration, stooped and dropped into the
He fell on a cotlon-bale, three or four feet from
.i.. i i : . i . i. : .i. . .
iuo wy, uuu ijr iu mo uiu uumuees, reeaing
Bweat UDd l's'ec'Ci with a wild jumpfrg id
uis tnroat, lur any sound luat miut toll him hi
entrance had been observed. He heard none.
The talking went on above him, and it was all
about the burniug steamboat. He knew that be
muet nut remain whero he was, for there be could
be seen, and iu a momeut ho began to grope for a
.... . .. ,
hiding-place, Ha was iu a sort of square well,
formed by the cotton-bale around him. Above
them was a boiiiontal space under the deck, and
clambering out of the well, be wormed himself
into this, a few feet forward, and lay, panting end
fatigued, but, wet, hungry and thirsty, half stilled
by the foul und musty air of the bold, and by the
smell of the bilge, but safe fur tho present.
lie lay in a sort of stupor, an! gradaally heard
aU ,ouna" die Fur 1U,.la hi u.'iud
wa tilled with strange lecolleetiou of the passion.
aud event, of the last hour; then lying pnne in
Ibe foul aud musty darkness, he lapsed into a
sleep haunted with dream, in which be wa. again
rushing through the swamp, which somehow
changed into rolling water on which a steamer
wa. burning, and he was holding up Madame La
fiite, who euddeuly turned and bit him on the
band. Starling up in the thick darkoess, be
struck bis head against the deck, and thon remeui-
benng where ho wa. lay (till, ibe batch had
l,een cluled- In darknes be heard light
ouiperiog and .quealing, aud felt tho ship shud-
deriog beneath hiiu.
He forgot his dream in the wild whirl of emo-
lion with wbi.'h lie became aware that th vsh.I
wa on her way. Pie.enl'y he felt a urt of prick-jory.
ing in hi. had, aod touching the po, found that'
it was wet, and, as he again board the Icamper-
and squealing, he knew that a rat had bitten
hint. Startled a little at the new danger tf being
Ing about, there was a bustle of pulling end hHl-
ing, grinding and flapping, thudding of ropes un
act upon by these vermin, 'and mst icioui of bulli
on, ho sucked tho wound, resolved to lee'p awake
now as long as ho could. Ho did not kno how
long he had slept, but he eculd hear the incessant
snort, snort, snort, of a steamboat, with the lung
ur.broken wash of tho vessel, and know that the
brig was in tho tow of a stei.tr.' '.ug, and 10 nut
yet out of the river.
At length, there was a ohatn-e in the noise.
Orders were shouted above, heavy feet were rush-
deck, chsnting of Bailors, amidst the receding
! snort of the steam-tug ; and in the darkoess, An
it ' tony felt the vosaol loan and roll aud stagger with
, a sound of swiftly rushini waWr, and knew thai
she was standing out to sea.
Who'll send me back, after all I've gone
through? Who'll be mrao enough to do it T
Thai was his Constant thought now, and it carrtlt
in thoso words to his mind. Hd kr.ew the penal-
ties imnnRl r.ti un. mntnlfl trim m..lc a 1W
' live in his vessel. He had thought if thera be'
fore, but dimly ; now they came id hilil vtvidlyi
and he trembled. Ho was resolved
I) remain iu
the hold as long ns he could; but ho knew the
time would come when he mu.it leave his biding-
piacc, and face the captain. His plan was
him all he suffered, to sho him his wounds ani
scars, to beg him un hi knees not to send hlM
Lack to tho hc'.l he escaped f.-ooi. Who would do
it? Who'll send me back after all I've gone
through ? Who'll bo mean enough Io do it ?
Soon the motion of the vessel threw him, al
ready sickened by the horrible smell and clo-c:
ncss of the hold, into ogonies of sea-sicknes, and
ho lay on the bales vomiting violently, and feeling
as if his soul wero rending his aching body asun
der. By-aud-by, he crawled ibto the well-liku
cavity under the hatch, where there was a little
more room to breathe in, and there he lay, with
out food, without drink, almust without air, for
bays of sickness too loathsrme to be described,
too dreadful for permitted language to convey.
Days of utter prostration, of griping pain, of
wrenching convulsions, of horror indescribable
of tortured death-in-life. Days when the ropy
and putrid air was sucked into the feeble lung a
if it were soma strangling substance ; when the
oppressed heart beat slowly with lull knock, at
though it would burst the besom, and the bosom
labored as though it were luadeded down with
tons of iron. Days when sleep came down like a
weight of load upon the brain, and struggled with
infernal dreams, and was broken to fight off1 ad
ever-returning swarm Of rate invisible vermin
that swarmed over his invisible body when it lay
still, and were heard squeaking and pattering off
in the sightless darkness when bo feebly fluDg'
about his limbs to beat them away. Days whose
mad, disgustful horror was borno for the hope of
liberty, for the hatred of slavery borne till he
could bear it no longer, and resolved to beat bpoB
the hatch, and cry aloud, and let thoso above bitri
know what a bell of agony raged beneath their
How long lie had been immured he did not
know. Count time by anguish, and it might have
been centuries. Fearful of discovering himself
till ho was too far from the lain' from which be
had fled to be returned, he had resolved to nndurt
till endurance became impossible. For this he
had clung to lifo, fur this he bad silently born9
the horrors of his tomb, for this l c had striven a
hundred times against the desiro to end his impris
onment by shouting aloud to thoso above him.
Now when heavy torpor and gridual giddinem
were stealing upon him, and the instinct or his
soul told him death was drawing near, he roused
hiuieelf for the long-deferred effort.
The ship was Btaggering heavily; and he heard
tho trampling of fcet on the deck, as, With dizzily
reeling brain, he feebly and slowly crawled up on
his hands and knees. His strength was almost
gone. An In fast newly borb could have been
hardly more helpless than he fubhd himself. lie
slowly lifted one hand tc lay it bti the bales besi ie
him lifted it a few inches like something over
which he bad bo command and it fell heavily,
and losing bis balance, bo tumbled duwn on bis
side. An awful feeling atulo across his mind that
he had dolayod too long that his resolution bad
outlived his physical power. Turning over on
his back, feebly panting, slowly suffocating, he
drew in hii breath for a wild cry for help. It
rushed from him in a hoarse whistling whisper.
His voice had left him !
He lay etill now, painfully breathing. . but re
signed to die. Quietly quietly the fear and
! desir.s of the present, the hones of the futur
withdrew, and the vision of all hi past floated
i.Tll lht.Ai.sl. 1,1a lnnml f rom 1 j
. . i- , , . , . . '
I he lay rushing on a fst-rushlng tide; and dilated
with a wonderful and mystlo change. Tower and
beauty and joy ineffable began to grow and spread
and Ihcn lift them still and dumb. Pft
ihre wa .found of haty, hurrying feet, ak) tus
divinely through bis being with ths vague beaute
ous glimmer of a Iransccndahl life atar. All fierce
and dark and sorrowful passion, atd eaiolicn
gone all tense of pain and horror and disgust
fled furever himself hnpplef, preatrr, noblor,
than be had ever dreamed ho lay (wiftly drift
ing to tho last repose,
What sound wa. it that jarrtjd to dully on hi
failing oar? What sudden liRht wa. it that fell
upon him ? What face, were those that looked on
him io strangely from above, ond vanished witb
cries that brought down darkness and tilenoe CD,
him onco more ?
O blue sky of the ninetoentb century, what li
this? O pale, fresh light etreaming into tho now
ome hold, what 1. this ? 0 wonder-stricken, silent
luces, gating aghast npon that .wart and loalh
some figure lying io I he shallow well, with an iron
collar on hia neek, what doe l mean 7
The men stuod staring at Ibe motionier body od
the hales below thoi and then, last In a Iraae of
wonder, flared at o1i other. Their wild atnaae-f
uient at Ih whiob met their eye when they
had uuhatleaed lbs baton, had buret forth in onJ