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jng heed be feared from ( hat quarter, tt is true, thtt if
the depended solely upon herself, aha might not be
able to accomplish much. But is it to bo supposed
that France and England whose plotting in relation
to Texas have been defeated by a counter plot, will
not gladly lend to Mexico a helping hand? And
that the other powers of Europe, who have long been
watching with a jealous eye, our grasping disposition,
and acquisitions of territorial strength, will not be
ready secretly or openly to aid the Mexicans?
We have long prided ourselves upon our extensive
commerce; our anils whiten every sea, our vessels
touch at every port: our merchant navy is immense;
our government navy but small, and cannot readily be
very much increased at a short notice. Where then,
to use common parlance, is the force to protect our
commerce? for they who rely upon the sword for pro
tection, will have no protection if they have no
swnrd. Let but Mexico declare war against the Uni
ted States, and on the instant would a swarm of priva
teers, bearing the Mexican fl ig and carrying Mexican
papers, commence their depredations on our merchant
Nothing to fear from a war with Mexicol
Rell jct
a moment upon our condition, and see if there be not,
terrible cause for fear. We have a powerful enemy
in our midst. "A million of slaves, said Mr. Ar
nold of Tennessee, "are ready to rise and strike for
freedom at the first tap of iho drum;" and lh:y care
not whether it be a Britihh or a Mexican drum, so
that it beats to freedom.
There are the Indians of the West and South-west
vhoge wigwams wo have destroyed, whose counci
fires wo hava scattered. Think you thoy have for
gotten their wrong? Wo tell you nay I Revenge is
with them an hereditary virtue. Mitred is almost the
only heirloom which the sires bequeathes lo his son.
Though the hatchet may now bo buried, show them
hut an opportunity to use it, and it will be dug up, and
the Indian's war whoop will ring in your ears, and
litis scalping knife encircle your head.
N-ir -vould the citizens of this country be united in
inst Mi xi?r. Wo kr.ow of
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ome who would think it highly dishonorable; and
who stand pledged never to engage in such a con'est.
And where, we ask, are we to obtain the means ne-
cessarv for the proseculinn of surh an enterpiise?
who is lo furnish the funds to meet ihi immense outlay
:itnd.int upuo eurh a staie of affairs? In time of
ipeace and comparative prosperity, we aro obligerj lo
resort to Eurona for loans. We have now assumed
Hie debts of Texas, amourting probably to some I
twenty or thirty millions of dol.urs. Can wo longer ,
obtain funds in Europe, whero they look upon us not
only as a nation of bby stealers, but what affects our
pecuniary interest far more, os a outtun of Repudia
tors? And how would the world regard as in euch a con
test? Would it sympathize with Mexico, outraged
and despoiled, or with our robber land? It seems to
us that the nations of iho earth would look upon us
with ineffable scorn. We have heard of a woman,
whu having been corrupted by vice, loft the protec
tion of her husband, and from a fair and seemly ma
iron, became transformed into a foul and polluted hag,
whose very breath wag corruption and rottenness, and
whose embra:e wag death. Suck is Texas! We
have heard of men, who had become so wicked and
so debased by their appetite, that they could lakethB
yet living mass of putrefaction to their bosom, sye,
aud stand dp before the altar and promise to receive
her ag their wife, to vindicate her character, and pay
her brothel debts. Such is the United States
Free Meetings.
Tho opponents of the American A. S. Society
have often falsely accused it of being a no human
government, woman's right society. It is perhaps
owing to these and similar charges, that an impression
exists in soma parts of the state that our meetings
are free meetings in tho most comprehensive mean'
inrj of thb term. They are free anti slavery meet
ings, where all may come and freely speak upon the
euhjectof slavery; but not free for persons to come
nd talk upon Phrenology or Trancendentalism, Ag
riculture or Dietetics, Metaphysics or Theology,
Infidelity or Orthodoxy; to discing the propriety of
building a rail road or digging a canal. And wa pre
sumo that no person on mature reflection could for
moment think that a free Anti-Slavery meeting, as
setnbled under an Anti Slavery call, was a prnpor
place to introduce these topics.
Our meetings, ba it understood are frea to all for
the discussion of slavery, but frea to none Tor the
discussion of any other questions than those which
pertain to chalileimn . lien wo invite the people to
an Anti-Slavery meeting, we intend it shall be Ami
Slavery go far as our influence can make it so. To
convert it into a meeting of any other description
would be a fraud upon the community.
We have no objection lo free meeting, as they are
technically called, if people choose to appoint them.
In some parti of the country they are frequently
held, and 'he audience assemble with the express un
derstanding that every one is at liberty to speak on
any subject ha may choose. This is perfectly fair,
and no one has a right to complain; because this is
the object for which the people convened. But when
an ami slavery meeting ig called, it should be under
stood that slavery ig the subject for discussion.
Our First Page.
Those who think that nothing has been done by the A n
ti-slavery agitation, will do'well to turn to our first page,
which we have this week made up of AntiBlavery articles,
copied exclusively from Whig and Democratic papers
Ten years ago it would have been Dolitical damnation for
any party papers to publish what they now insert as a mat
ter of course; public opinion has become so changed that
;t sustains them in it. It is not merely this or that paper
which is beginning to be abolitionized, but the change in
their positions is owing to a change in the community at
large; they are but the hands of the watch which stood a
the third hour, but now point to the eleventh.
The article headed "The first of August" is from the col
uninsofthe New-York Tribune, and is not only admirably
written ,but contains a great deal of sound Anti-slavery sen
iment. Indeed, we know of no paper of the kind which
publishes so much AntUslavery matter as does the Tribune.
The Captured Ohioans.
On our fourth page will be found some account of the
manner in which the citizens of this state are kidnapped
by Virginians. Our columns are too much crowded to per
mit us to make muchjeomment upon it. But these outrages
are not greater, nor so great as we have long anticipated, and
as from the nature of things we must nccersarily receive,
This is but "the beginning of the end." We have sown
the wins, and will most assuredly reap the whirlwind. I.
is in conformity with the teachings of experience and the
doctrines of sound philosophy, that ho who fastens the
chain about his brother's heel, will always find the other
end of that chain around his own neck.
You have long done the bidding of slavery, you have bur
red back the panting fugitive, you have bathed your bayo
nets in the heart's blood of the insurgent slave, and have
sworn that you would continue to do so. You have fed tha
monster upon the quivering flesh and palpitating hearts of
your brother man, until it became strong enough to turn
and rend you.
Now his impartial hunger
Demands another prey.
And from your own hearth fires,
He plucks your sonB awav."
Will you continue to hold longer fellowship with him)
A re you yt sleeping, dreaming pleasant dreams of free,
doin and peace, while he is preparing to devour youl
"Rouse from your shameless slumbering!
The hand is at your tliroat.
That from the black man's forehead
The crown of Manhood smote."
Protection and safety are not to be found in Constitiltions
nr in naim. f.ir these are but ink-stained narchments. Dow
. themselve8 for KOod or for evil A regenerated
publi sentiment is the only means by which we can se
cure to ourselves and others, the peaceable provision and
free exercise of our natural rights; and in order to produce
this, we must refuse to hold union with those who are sus-
taining that system, which as impartially and as justly
kidnap the white citizen of Ohio, as it doe' the colored
citizens of Virginia
"Liberty Advocate."
The editor of this paper wishes to know if he mistook the
character ef the Bugle, and conveyed a wrong impression
of it in bis editorial notice, and if so, he desires to make the
amende honorable. We think that he did in some respects
but it probably was unintentional on his part.
His notice, if we rightly understand it, is calculated to
give the impression that sur paper is opposed to alleccle
siastical organizations, and to all political action, whereas
it is opposed to neither, aa such . On the Antislavery
platform, we have nothing to do with church organizatim
we contend against that corrupt religion which sanctions
and sanctifies American slavery, that vilest of all abomina
tions; and in seeking the overthrow of that, we do not ne
cessarily aim at the destruction of ecclesiastical organiza-
j tion. Churches may, and have been purified of all taint o
i slavery, and the organization remained unscathed, and
we have in our mind now, 4 church in Nev-Etigland
which has dissolved all connection with the atrocious sys
tern it stands disconnected from all other churches, and
has not one member who in any way participates in the
conduct of the government. Now we know of no Aboli
tionists who consider the annihilation of that organization
as necessary for the emancipation of tho slave; on the con
trary, wc see them pointing to that b ody as a bright exam
ple, and one worthy of imitation the demon of slavery
cannot be cast out of the church without rending the body
if ihe foundation principle be the sin of oppression, and
its removal endangers the institution, we say let the body
be rent! let the superstructure fall! If preaching truth,
and purifying the church of slavery shall destroy it, we say
let not a scattered fragment remain to tell that such an or
ganization as a church ever existed. It is tho duty of the
physician to amputate the gangrened limb, and if death
shall result, he certainly is not responsible. He did not
design or wish to take the life of his patient, but on the
Contrary, to restore him to health and vigor. He would
have died had not the operation been performed, and the
whole system was so diseased that even thai could not save
him. If ecclesiastical organizations are equally diseased,
t here is no hope for thtmi and if when slavery is cast out,
dissolution shall follow, we are not reaponsihlc; we do not
aim at their destruction.
Again; we ore opposed, as the editor of the Advocate
says, "to all the existing political parties, and also to the
formation of any new one," under the present constitution;
but we are not opposed to all political action. Of the non
voters, who aro every day becoming more and more nume
rous, we believe that all of them are in tavor of political
action, with the-exception ofafew non-resistants; but they
cannot act politically for Autislavery or any.other purpose,
s 0 long as their acting thus, involves a support of the s-.
tern they arejlabcring to overthrow. And the non-resist
ants even, are not, as Abolitionists, opposed to political ac
We advocate secession from the U. States government,
merely because it is a slaveholding government we say,
refuse to support the constitution, because it is a alavehol-
ing document. Could the people act politically to build
up an Antislavery government, and to form a constitution
that would practically acknowledge the freedom of all,
without swearing to support slavery, we hold that such sc
ion would be perfectly consistent with true Antislavery
To Subscribers.
In the hurry and confusion attendant upon the reception
of subscriber's names at the Marlboro' meeting, we have
reason to believe that several were lost; we also think it
ikely that one or more of the subscription lists that have
been circulated in different parts of the country have not
yet been returned; if therefore, you know of any who
Iiave subscribed and who do not receive their papers,
fB will thank you to notify us of the fact, and the omis
sion will be promptly corrected.
An Apology.
We understand that some of our subscribers sre
getting impatient about the irregular publication of
our paper, and doubtless some apology is necessary,
not only for this, but also for its present inferior ap
pearance. Circumstances beyond our control have
prevented its regular publication, and go we trust our
subscribers will bear with us, for a little while. The
printer who has been engaged has now gone to Phil
adelphia for a new press, new type, and good paper;
and when they shall arrive, our arrangements are such
that we shall be able' to furnish our patrons punctu
ally with a much handsomer sheet. We expect to
issue one, or perhaps two more numbers from New
Lisbon, when our publication office will be removed
to Salem.
General Intelligence.
Dreadful Steamboat Accident.
The Steamer Big Hatchee, a Pittsburgh boat, own
ed and commanded by Capt. Itosal Frisbee, of this
city, and for some time past running on the Missouri
trade, burst her starboard boiler in leaving Herman,
on that river, on tho 23d, at one P. M., throwing it
aft, through the cabin floor, and up through the hur
ricane derk, overboard, and into the liver by the
wneelhouse making a perfect wreck of the boat
above the lower deck as far back as the ladies1 cabin,
and spreading death and desolation amongst the pas
Ihe number of killed and scalded is about twenty
three. The wreck floated below the landing, about
two miles, before she could be landed about two
hundred yards below Mr.Gonsolis' landing at which
place she will discharge freight and get lowed thence
to St. Louis. The hull of the boat received no inju
ry. The Captain was blown above the pilot house
but received no injury. James Mellon, the clerk, was
in the office at (he time of the explosion: the wood
and splinters filled the office all round, but tie came
off uninjured.
The Crops.
Westers Indiana Yincenncs, July 6.--Never
has been such a season for harvesting much of it
has been done by the hour that is, in tho intervals
between showers, and as a natural consequence, im
mense quantities have been lost. I witness some
fields growing standing others cut, and growing in
the swath others in shocks grown and completely
matted together. The quality of the grain is excel
lent, and Ihe quantity would have been medium, if
the weather had been fair. In the North pprt of tho
Slate, when t left home one week ago, nr) wheat Was
cut. It was generally of a Very small growth, with
short well-filled heads, if the present weather is ft-
vorable for that great wheat district, the farmer will
have a medium crop of excellent wheat. Com and
fjther crops there did not look promising Mhey need
ed rain badly. Here in the Wabash Valley, the
corn looks well, though suffering greatly for Want ol
working that has been prevented by the rains. On
the hilly cloggy land, not only rorn but every thing
else looks as though it had been first wasted and than
TViscofrsts. Tho Tl'isconsia reapers are in the
field, gathering in as good a crop of u inter wheat as
was ever produced in ihe territory. One third il not
one half more ground has been sown in wheat this,
than in any former veers and the yield will beat least
as good as at any previous period. The spring wheat,
which of course ripens some two or three weeks later
than the winter grain, also promises an abundant
crop. Oats and Corn likewise bid fair to be au aver
age crop, Ihe slight rains and warm weather for a
week or two past having enabled them to recover
from tho blighting effects of the cold and dry weath
er of May and the beginning of June. Potatoes are
doing very well; but the crass crop will be rather
short, except on low grounds and wet prairie. Ra
cine Advocate, July 10.
Maryiasd The drouth and hot weather, which
are tho complaint of every one, prevail very general
ly. Unless we ere soon visited with rain, wo may
calculato on raising little corn. Vtgetubles an be
coming very scarce, end every kind of vegetation ia
parching to death. Wo have, however, great causa
lo ba thankful in the abundance of breadstuff's with
which our country has been blessed; and we should
therefore be reconciled to the loss which we are now
likely to experience. Hagerstoun Torch Light.
Michigan. The harvest is over and the wheal
crop gives general satisfaction. lVe never remember
seeing k more ceneral look of pleasure and content
ment than our farmers now exhibit. Not oolv has
wheat turned out well but spring crops look fine and
promising. Oats, which by-lhe-by already begin
harvested, are excellent. Corn, despite the freed.
wherever the taturo of Ihe ground and ihe Care of
cultivation permits, is luxuriant. In view of the
prospects before us. we may we'l say thbt Michigan
herself again. Ypsilanli Sentinel, 83d!.
Illimois.-A traveler informed the) editor of the
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser thst in Illinois he saw
40,000 acres of wheat in one body divided only by
cross roads. The yield upon the whole lot gave prom
ise of something better than was seen last year.
British News from Oregon.
The Albion Ins received a letter from "a hichlr
authentic source" in Oregon, from which it publishes
the tottowing extracts: 1 be date is not given, but it
doubtless came by way of Canada, and is a good
deal later than any former advices from that country:
To tie Editof of the Albiont
As it may be interesting to you to have brief
sketch of the stale of pbhc affairs in the Oregon
Territory, I subjoin an outline of intelligence receiv
ed from thence.
"Her Majesty's Sloop of War 'Modesto' visited
the Columbia River in the month of July last, whero
she remained three weeks, and afterwards called at
the Torts Victoria, and Simpson, on the North-west
coast. There was a large influx of immigrants from
the United States last year, about 1500 persons hav
ing arrived in Oregon from St. Louis and Ihe Sand
wich Islands, some of whom, however, were so much
disappointed in Ihe country lhat they immediately
left it for California, while others returned across tho
Rocky Mountains.
"Notwithstanding tho generally lawless character
of the emigrants, there has been no serious extended,
outbreak among them, which is principally attributa
ble to the circumstance of the Provisional Govern
ment having followed up the regulations of iho Hud
son's Biy Company in restrictions on the importation
and distillation of spirituous liquors, but it is much
feared that these wholesome restrictions cannot be
long enforced, naturally giving rise to much appre
hension on the part of the more respectable and well
conducted portion of the community. A very bad
feeling exists between Ihe settlers and rhe Indian",
and some of the latter have been shot for trivial offen
ces. This prejudice extends also to the half-cast pop
ulation, and it was lately discovered that some 30 of
40 persons had entered into a conspiracy lo destroy
all the half-breeds and foreigners, and they were
alone prevented from prosecuting tbeir enterprise by
ihe smallness of their party.
"The Provisional Government is ostensibly eslab
lished only until tho boundary Question is settled,
and ihe United States establish their jurisdiction over
the country; but there is a large party of tho settlers
who are disposed in declare themselves independent.
as they feel that they Bre too far removed from the
United States to be benefited by tbeir protection.
From Great Britain. The prospects of an
abundant harvest in different parts of Great Britain
are very flattering. Trade generally in London is
represented as rather dull. Money is abundant.
It is said that the Wesleyan Methodists of Great
Britain sre about to disown any connection with those
of the United States who aie slaveholders.
General Armstrong, the new American consul, ar
rived in Liverpool on the 28th ultimo, by the Great
For cotton there has been an activo demand. Thn
sales have been large, but there is a large stock on
In Ireland, assassinations and murders in open day
aro among the reported incidents of the day. In a
recent conflict between the police and a body of pea
sants assembled at a fair, near Cork, six persons wera
killed, and twenty five wounded.
Late from UavtL Ilaytien papers lo the 15th
ultimo., have been received in New York. The on
ly thing of importance is, (hat on the Gth the Ilaytien
troops, under command of Major Generals Morisset,
Uobo and Gardere, drove the Domtnicians from the
position which they had taken by susprise a few days
previous. Major General Morisset was acting as
commander in chief for ihe occasion, and the col
umns composing his military force were, at the latest
dales, pursuing their forward movement, driving Ihe
insurgents constantly before them.
Lost tiieib way. A company of the Oregon
emigrants, consisting of twenty-two wagons, have
entirely missed their way, ana have got near the
mouth of the Yellow Stone. The company was
from Iowa, and crossed at the Council Bluffs. Thoy
left the settlement without a pilot, with the dope ot
following in Ihe trail of the main companies which
left that place. The traders report them without
provisions sufficient to prosecute their journey, and
barely enough tn return.
British News from Oregon. Anti-Slavery Meeting---Double series.
Steven 8. Foster of N. II. and Abby Kelly
will attend and speak at the following appointed mee
tings: Austinburg, Ashtabula co. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday, August 19,20 21st.
New Lyme, Ashtabula co. Friday, Saturday and Sun
day, Auaust ' 22,23,21:h.
IVarren, Trumbull co. Monday and Tuesday Au
gust 25, 20t'u.
Youngstown, Trumbull co. Thursday, Friday Sa
turday nnd Sunday, August 23, 29, 30, 31st.
Giles B. Stebbens of Mass. nnd Isaac S. Flint of
New York will hold meoiwes at the following places.
Massillon, Mon. Tues. and Ured. " 18, 19,20ih.
Pans. Thurs. Fri. and Sat. 21,22,23.1.
Ml. Union. Sun. Mon. Tues. 21, 25, 20th.
AuEusta.Thurs. Fri. and Sat. 2S, 29,30th.
Hanover, Sunday " 3 let.
The meeting at Mt. Union will commence at 10
A. M. at all the other places at 2 P. M. Tho hour
of gathering on ihe second, third, and fourth days
will be in ihe forenoon at 10 o'clock, and at 2 o'cl'k
in ihe afternoon.
Will the friends of the cause see lhat full notice is
given in their respective neighborhoods t
Papers friendly to free discussion please copy.
1 hese meetings are tree to all, who desire either
lo lo bear ot speak upon American Slavery

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