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THE ANTI-SLAVERY BUGLE.
VOL. 8 Captain Drayton. Captain Drayton wi present at the lute Vhiladclphla Convention, nnil gave the fol- lowing account of his imprisonment oa re ,l ., ,i . r t t K.rtcd by the Pennsylvania I iceman. Copt. Din j ton being present, nt the re-. of the Convention gave a simple mid thrilling narrative of his tifTcriiigs for tho of humanity in thn Nuiiininl Capital. lie mxl Hint he wus entirely tmncciiatniucd to puhlic sper.king, ho hud never been mi ubolitinniat, nor hud ho been Ihmilinr with societies or operation ; but he hud sren mucn ol tno rrucli.es ol shivery, nml hi fjinpothies wiro excited lor thn poor Hiilli-r-vrst he hud desired to (Veens iiinuy lis ho could. In ono iiiHtnuce, ho had uiih d thrco boys, uml iu nuniher, a woman nud livu children to gain their liberty; hut no suspicion mhh excited .ign'tust linn. Nor would ho linve hceii suspected in tho rnse of tho IK; .houuer pearl hud Hot u Judas betrayed " m .... """.-" , ... , imtvii thn principles of llio .tinned Cnpl. ).. hut mini. nun. I hare not know tdml'lt'ldli'lNtM. nofitini liave hecn, "lu Cod, I trust, nud truili nml righteousness aro my law." At Hie time i,r iiiosr sevriiry-wse . -.ay no .,.,, c. ... 1'earl, 1 knew tlm pcuclty of tlie law. Hut 1 kuew among those people n woman w ith nine children who had hern emancipated hy will, hut srniicious heirs luul broken the will, ami the lamily were to lie rp.irated uml foM, ami my sympathies were moved lor them. Others s I knew wl.o linl long liven concealed, awaiting nn opportunity to escape, There were ol. I nud youiij.', men nuil women, longing and lirsying for freedom. I enuhl not refuso to help them. I tried and 1 I'nili'd, and for nearly lour mid n hull' yenrs 1 hnvo aullercd imprisonment for it. Hut in till this 1 see the hniid of the l.onl. 1 htlieve th.it, tlirougli my iiuprisouuient, I huvo hecn inailu the means of ilnint. morn ,1 il, 1 had freed a thoiiHnud dlnves kecretly. was publicly arrested and carried toj iil. It vna a increy that t wna not murdered on the pot. A slave trader Im IiumI me liew l,is Hirlf Mllil U i.ln.i.t llirll.lil.il ...(A n.. wiieri some one mtcMcicd Mini cavuil inc. In this, too, 1 ace the hutul of God. As we came up the street a muh met me, ready to still me, hut junt at thnt moment a carrinijo drove along and the olficers hurried me into it, ami drove another way to tho j.iit. Hero main I was saved hy the hand of mercy. 1 do not know that I am an abolitionist, Imt it seems to mo thnt I hnvo done some thing lor the abolition of Slavery. No abo litionist has ever caused such an excitement iu Congress. It was ao great, they had to adjourn (or three days. The Ami-Slavery ugitntion has hecn increased hy my impris onment. It has caused people to think. For a time my confinement wna severe. For fif- teen mouths I was shut up in a cull eight feet inuiii. mum. I .i, by ten, ami kept hi tolilury cotilinemcnt, with neither lied norchairnortuhli-. Two blank- els were thrown into me, end I wo told that I might do what I chose with them. Of, these I mode my bed and covering, and used my water can for a pillow. ftly keeper diiiing this tune was n violent slaveholder, a hard drinker, and hitter hnter ofthe abolitionism, and he found lilcasuro in adding to lira severities of mv lot. Uy very means in his power he tried to induce ins to mm Ntnte's evidence auaiust persona , . .i i i who were suspected of lieing cugnged vitli me. wos ofRred mv own lihcrlv nnd tho hrihe of a thousand dollnts, to do this; nml when this Ihileil, I was subjected to constant annoyance and hnrilnhiiis lo 'break me down,' and compel J.ie to yield. 1 was kept in close ami compel jne io yiciu. i was Kepi in ciose confinement and denied privileges ul exr-t ciae, granted to the meanest thief. When I remonstrated, and asked to walk in the pas- lias-1 esse, I was met with flush insults, and vio- tent oaths. Hut in my sufferings I prayed for strength and help, and at length, after I had borne his rough usage for fifteen months, the keeper was discharged. The guards being friendly to me, gave me privilege of the passage, and the new keeper found mn in it and continued tho permission. Hut with this piivilugo camu new niiiioynneea. j wna piaceil in a room with the vilest and most profligate cnminnls, .,i i ;i.. n i. i' . . . ,1 . ud impure conversation. I told my keeper that I should preler solitary confinement witli hall and chain to companionship with these i ' . ft'i I t - rowoir. , um n was l.l vain. i ore I lino rs miiiath until miii! 1m.-n t nara I irWrtt'A ntu discharge, when Un removed to a , comfortable unit of tho prison awnv from such uegmncil society. Jlut while 1 was impiiaoncd t was not for gotten. Iliad good tii'n(ls who did what lliey could for iny comfort and release; my Itory was told to men whom I had nover can, Mid friends vuom 1 never knew, were raised up for me. I'WHione were sent to tho J'resident iu my hchnlf. Pesonul appeals were made to him. Among those who in terested tliumselvrs for lire was Charles trimmer. Ile went to President Fillmore and plead my cause with liini. Tlie l'rii lcnt promised to pardon me if ho rouhl he satisfied of his power to do so. Mr. Sum ner bunted up atilhoiitu s nud drciMons and wrote out long argument proving the mw- cr, ami urn Aiioim y on, coo, mm, , , tind Cunt, hayeisniul uivseif were punhuieil, .!. .-,., iniiuisoomenl oi four vcars ami live n.oiiiliK. All this I Mifli'rcd. For what? For lighteoukiiesa sake ; fur (lot ils of eompns- niou and uiuri'v; lor loving my neighlior as inytull! Like Paul going to Jciusiiluui, have obeyed tho voice of duty, not knowing to what it would luing me. j have tluia fur been protected by many meicics; my life ia ppnrcd, though my hehlih in broken down, find only knows what I u has now iu stoio for me. I hnvo cmh'iivori'd to he afiieudto the lave. believe in slioivin; my liiitli hy rny works', and thiol have tried lo do. We huvo different duties, though wnikiug lor ouu rau.u. Some pitkoiis show their sympathy for the slave hy talking, some by wriiini;. can do neither, and ) huvn tried show mine hy brinK'uig him off from sluvery. The slavo wonts i it iuls w ho ni o ti no, w ho are nn coiiii tHiTeite; iikii who will aaerilico self to a Ureal principle. God never canied on n Kreal cause without n sacrifice. Hupposo luul lit-e, i dirked by the klava trudor, or mur dered hy the mob, my Mood would have f ried from the trrouud. and mv death would have done moro perhaps lor the deliverance en me ainve, man my niu w in no. I might have saved m) self, uml have been paid hy the slaveholders hy turning aipinist my friend, hut what Hiould I have gained? ci the slave, thnu my life w ill do. I might cnuie.l f r-nuw Hint no traitor ever cuuio lo nnvlhine. fvur limes J l.avu been shipwrecked, uud "n" mn would nnve broken in piece any hont. My life has been spared, nml I feci ,,int God has got something Ibr me to do yet ,"1',,'e "nl!nr,,,nt " !'y vyiiite I i m wun( to he us clny in tho hnndsof tho ,,,.,, j , cnk,(, f0 ay flrtltr '"r ,no lv'i no Inwe or penalties shnll ile truest ,('r nie' ' "nve "O regrets Cor what I have '"". Much moro 1 could any, hut like Mo vaune "p" ' "M,w "1 speech, end 1 will not Ion- S''r ,ln"H your time). 1 ntidieneo listened Willi intense inter- CM to Cnpt. Drayton's nnrrntivc ; his unnlTec their ''d mninier nud the mm k of long siiflcrinp one saved my lifo liy swimming through "u u iic uorc, uuuing iiiiicii to tne cncci oi hi word. j ( Purchasing the Freedom of Slaves. j if I : ! I t I I , ... doubtful morahly for Nehemmh , B,lJ tll0 ""uciatcd with him to purchaso tho freedom of their brethren ? Nch. v. 8 : "We, after our ability, have redeemed our brethren, tlie Je , wllich wcrc wl j unto , Ucathcn." .u . . 1 1CCm' """3 th ono '1'0ul1 "ot P" j coiT the aiff'e between acknowledging tho poieer to hold slaves, and that of acknowledging ! tho right lo hold them. i ..,.,, . .... . .. , , , ll.'. Jlr. Cable soys this plan " would be uiv I constitutional. O. this ho gives us no cvi- j right to abolish it and that its abolition is necessary to secure the liberty of both white ' . i v,.k f. ri..i- . t . m i I bI,ck 0 Mr Cttble m,U not be lik' ' ,0 itn1- Asides, the Government cannot ro the jct lh proposition on that ground, for if it be t constitutional to pay money for catching slaves, it is constitutional to psy money lo purchaso I I : I ' I 1 I I Mr. Rankin In a late Christian Press, vindi- cntcs liii l inn nf the nurchasa of thn slaves bv ' t,0 Ocnorul Government, ltcv. Mr. Cublo had mo ucnorai uovcrnmciK. ltcv. air. uuoio nail I previously urged in the ssme paper, the most I . . , " ... .. . ... ( ohv,ou, ol,J"on t0 the measure, llus article ' ,cP')r Mr. Cublo olijccts to moving tho General (jovcrnn)CIlt to purchaso tlie freedom of the slaves, first, beeauso he thinks ' it at least of doubtful morality." This seems to besn entiro misapprehension. If a man is reduced to un- just bondage, and thero is no way to libcrato hnn but by puruhnring his freedom, how con it be of doubtful morality to pay a ransom for his roleosc The sin and robbery charged by Mr Cable upon the slaveholders, cannot make it wrong to cxerciso mercy in redeeming the slaves from tho pressure of such condition. It is not buying human beings, as Mr. Cubic sup l ikes, but buying for them tho liberty of cn- j'i"f? their rights. lo purcho-e slaves to hold them as property Is an immorality of high degree, but to purchaso tho freedom of slaves u to put money that cannot bo injured in th Wg o bci , b , D injured J it is to va'uo tho huppincss of immortal beings above money, and therefore ia no immorality, but a noble act of benevolence. Tho man who purchases tho freedom of slaves, gives the highest evidence that ho believes that sluvery is wrong. Would a man purchase the freedom of slaves, if he believed they were rightfully held To purchase tho freedom of the slaves would ho to bear tho strongest testimony against the wrongfulness of tho slavo system. Did Mr. Cablo himself never contribute any. thing to purchase tho freedom of slaves? It may bo presumed ho has. And would ho him- ...... self do what would be of doubtful morality for the General Government to do i demc. Tho Government has constitutional power to securo its own existence hy abolishing suc h nuissmcs as are dsngcrous to tho peace aruJ wel(l.re of tho Mtion Tho prominent Hnd .,, of tho Mtion , . ... ... .. . , of ,hc K ,he bolitlon of slavery is n i securo liberty. If wuiih-mi ui dihiuji is livcushurr m secure liberty, the Government has constitutional lhe frccdora of If the people but move . . , .. -n , " . , . sngnt, tno constitution will form no barrier against freedom. 3. Mr. Cable says: "Tho General Govern mcnt has no right to lay a tax on innocent per t0) ,0 . nc fo, lhcir . k j To this It wplicd, that it is not to pay men for thoir wicked acts, but to liberate three millions and more of human beings from the oppressions of wicked acts. Nor arc thero any innocent per sons co us isxcu. i e an are associates in ciiminality. We havo all, directly or indirect ly, sustained tho system of slavery. Wo havo always sustained the Government, and tho Government has always sustained tho sluve system. How few aro there who have not di rectly voted for tho men who in tho Government havo upheld slavery. Every one that has not done nil that ho could to have slavery abolished is personally criminal ; and who can say that lie has done, in this respect, all he oould havo done? If all that aro criminal may bo taxed, wc uia hvo ,10 dimeuUv- If .isvoholders aro ., . ,. ... , " ar0 ,ho,r ""'""pUces. Wo have helped them to commit their robberies. Tho whole natiop, as a body, is criminal, and con- sciiucntly owes it as a duty to God, to itself, and to the oppressed millions, to abolish tho system. Mr. Cablo admits that it would "in- crosso the wealth and power of the nation incrcaeo the intelligence and virtue, and the ' prosperity and safety of the country." And would it bo wrong to tax innoc out persons to accomplish these ends, in which their own per- sonuf welfare is involved ) . i- Mr. Cublo lays tho plan is " impractic able," because tho resources of tho Government . nlli,i nn. iM ufli,.u,it. IIn lu.li.a ih.t it would lake at loast fifteen hundred millions of dollars to purchaso their frcodom. Now, sup poso it would tuke thus much. The Govern mcnt is ablo to pay evon that amount to its own citizens. Would it tuke tho money out of tho country ) Would the nation bo any poore'i Mr. Cablo admits that it would increase the wealth and powor of tho nation. Is Mr. Cable tho man to value fifteen hundred millions of dollars above the liberation ono hunda SIld ninoty.ciBi , , , . . .... .. an"8 And then the dollari above the liberation of thrco millions ght thousand iuniior salvation of souls ..... . i tnvolvcil In it-l.ow Immense I Burciy tne Mother wroto in haste. lie is tho Inst man t that one would have suspected for being trou bled about the involvmcnt of Government by auch an enterprise, ono involving the tastness of eternity in its consequences. For such an end it wero worth whilo to have all the property in the nation change hands. Does Mr. Cablo bclievo it would bo a moral evil to deposit evon so great an amount for tho liberation of more than three millions of persons from a bondage that destroys the very ends of their existence I Does ho speak of creating a monopoly of mon ey by such deliverance Wo should glory in such a liberation if it piled up a monopoly of money heaven high. It would bo but a moun tain from w hich the liberated slaves would draw a plentiful support in the form of wages. The brother means wcll.ho wrote in haste, and after thought, it is hoped, will bring all right, and Mr. Cablo will yet march in tho front rank of thoso who push on this noble enterprise A thousand millions will bo mire than thrco hundred dollars for each sluvc, and, taking old and young together, this w ill not bo far from the average vutue, and doubtless will be sufllc ient to accomplish the entiro abolition of the slave system. This amount tho Government can pay, without oppressing any class of tho citizens. It would not bo sensibly felt. And thero would then bo no greater monopoly of money in tho South than there is now in the North. Thrco hundred thousand men now exist in tho freo States who possess as much wealth as the three hundred thousand slave holders will possess, when paid for all the slaves they hold. A monopoly of money is easily disolved by passing into tho hands of heirs, by extravagant living, and by unfortunato enterprises. The monopoly created by purchas ing tho freedom of the slaves will bo an actual benefit to tho country nt Urge. It will cnablo tho planters to givo fair wages to tho liboratcd slaves, and it will bo better for them than to have it given to them, and it will cnablo tho planters to cultivate their lands well, so as to furnish tho country with tho necessary South ern products, and it will greatly tend to promote public enterprises and tho improvement of tho country ; consequently it will be of great ben efit to all the mechanics and laboring classes. It will extend vastly the market of the South, and of course benefit extensively all the armors of the North, and cnablo them to give Letter wages to tho dny laborers. It will greatly in crease tho business of all our towns and sitics. This very monopoly of which Mr. Cable is so much in fear, would he a fountain of new lifo to tho wholo nutinn. It would be actually bet- tor for tho Government to givo a thousandl . millions to libcrato tho slaves, than to havo them liberated without ransom. To chango from slavo to free labor without distress, there must be tho means of employing tho liberated. And when we of tho free States cull the slaveholders robbers, we should always say our brothor robbers, the slaveholders, for wo are partners in the robbery, and aro thcreforo rob bers as well as they. To purchaso tho freedom of the slaves, in stead of doing evil that good may come, ia lit erally doing "good unto all men." Thero would bo no choosing of any moral evil iu pay ing a ransom to accomplish an enterprise so benevolent, and one that would givo joy to a world sighing for liberty. Lot tho brcthron ipoak freely. I hold my- solf ready to meet any opposing argument. JOHN RANKIN. A New Competitor. Tobacco growl finely in Algeria. It is tht product of that climate. Tho total product of last year, wai nearly 1,500,030 lbs; estimated this year at 4,800,000 lbs. The first experiment in tobacco raising was made in 184 1. Up to last year, one-half was tho product of Arab la bor. This year; however, Kuropcan labor great ly preponderates. Tills will tell even nnw ; hut moro hereafter, as tho cultivation of the w ocd extends. Strange! tho use of tobacco holps extend slavery, and keep up tho price of human chattels, and now, the wicked conquest, by an ambitious ruler, of a wild Arab race, will probably check, if not destroy, this fatal tendency, in our country. Suppose, as will be in all probability, thnt Africa should provo as fertile in the cultivation of the cotton plant ; that when ss fairly itartod the " bole," should increase as rapidly as the weci then, on that shore, and out of that soil, w herein the lifo of slavery took its birth, and got its strength, would come a power to blast it. For once rcduco the prico of cotton, below a certain point, by competition, and otherwise, so as to make servile labor profitless ; and not only would the Biblo demonstrate the institution to bo a sin in the South, but it would bo proved iy that South, also, that our Fathers meant, and tho Constitution intended, that all tho bond should be free, and that the nation should re deem tho country, for a price, " so much a head round" of tho " unbearable curse." Who, then, would doubt about the "Higher Law " Who question cither the necessity for its exercise, or its Justice ! Let us havo hopo and faith. This will bo the cud, whatever may bo tho means by which it shall be reached. True Democrat, A Lats Ni'Mttuu of the N. O. 1'icayuu con tains tho following advertisement i Twenty Dollaks Kkwauu. Ilanaway from tho plantation of the undorsigncd, the negro men Shedrick, a preacher, 6 feet 0 inches high, about 10 yenis old, but looking not over 23, ktumpod M, B. on tho breast, and having both small toes cut off. lie is of a very dark com plexion, with eyes small but bright, and a look quito insolout. Ho dresses good, and was ar rested at a runaway at Donaldsonvillo some three yean ago. The abovo reward will be paid for his arrest by addressing Messrs. Armani, Brothers, St. Jainci parish, or A. Miltcnbcrger k Co., 30 Carondclct St. &I)C Slnti-Slaucri) Bugle. SALEM, OHIO, JANUARY 1, 18fi3. ExacDTiva Committei moots January 2d. Provision for Mrs. Webster. Fifteen thousand dollars have boon subscribed In Boston, for ths Webster monument, and sixty thousand dollars have been raised and deposited in the Massachusetts Lifo Insurance Company, for the benefit of Mrs. Webster, du ring her life, which is to revert to tho donors at her death. Of course, wo have only plcssuro in the thought that Mrs. Webster is comfortably pro vided for in her ago and widowhood, in spite of the extravagance of her husband while liv ing. And we arc very far from feeling uncom fortable at learning that this provision comes from the source it docs the cotton aristocracy of Iloston. The men who think that their wealth, social position, and political power, do pends upon their being active accomplices in tho base, unmanly, daily i jbery of one-sixth of the mothers and daughters of this broad land. The men who politically "conquer their prejudices," and lend themselves " with alacrity" to this ruffuiuly work. We say we aro glad to see this, for it is evidence of "honor among thieves" in broad cloth, and thieves of women and children even, tho lust dregs of hu manity, among which wo should ever look for tho article. A word as to the uncxamplod surfeit of Wob stcrs psncgyric, to which this nation has lately been treated. Wo say treated, for tho nation has pronounced no eulogy upon him. Tho South, which ho damned himself to servo, motes out to him the most fnvorablo possiblo reward, a traitor can ever hopo to recicve at the hands of tho tempters and associates hy w hom ho has fallen. They smother their con tempt, and are silont. Tho North, and West hare no tears to shed, and apart from Boston and its vicinity, the East has few. True, tho wholo press of the country has copied tho extravagant eulogy of a fow Boston pspors and pulpit ora tors. But it has not been from any true sym pathy with the eulogist, but rather to gratify curiosity and national vanity, by an exhibition of homo manufacture to show what Yankee ingenuity could do in an extremity, in the way of hyperbole and tho construction of numerous ,nJ . ,hinin(5 ;msi"ry virtue, out of their op- llftAttn nMliAl vii-na na vt-. !lii,n In ll. I!C. nl posite octuat vices, as exhibited in tho lifo of their subject. No : there is in the icctct heart of the Amer ican people, fulso and and wicked as is their position to tho slave, more true sympathy with that slave's estimate of Daniel Webster, than with that of his false flatterers. The slave's tstimatoof his character, will be the one which posterity will sanction. Let us then go to tho slaves, whom ho has irreparably wronged, and learn from them the estimate we should put upon his life and services. But alas, theso havo no press and no orator. Their accusations aro therefore unwritten, and their curses unuttcred. Tho anti-slavery men and women of the North, who are tho slave's best and only representa tives, have never yet, and never wilt or can, put their souls into the soul's stead of the slave, so as properly to estimate tho ain and sbanio of Daniel Webster and his accomplices. Those among the American outcasts, who know what his sets havo been, If at all vindictive, can only leap and shout for joy, at the announcement of his death, and only regret that it had been un attended with the torture which makes death tho most welcome of friends to his millions of victims. Whilo tho most humane and Christ like among them, can do no less than adopt tho subjoined language of one of his victims. To havo been the voluntary instrument of tho ex pulsion of the man who could utter such senti ments under such circumstances, is infamy enough to damn any one, whatever hit previous lifo. It writes him down irrcclaimably among the murderous I'ilatcs and Ilcrods and Chief Priests, who havo always been ready to com bine against freedom and goodness, und to crucify the most reliable of thoir advocates for tho sake of pow er and place. Here ia an ex tract of a recent letter of William Crafts, w hich, whilo in tho most quiet possible way it speaks the slave's estimate of Daniel Webster, also vindicates Mrs. Stowo from her calumniators, and proves Uncle Tom's character a verilublo reality among tho opprcssod of this nation. 11 1 havo just heard that another great man has passed awny from our nativo country ; and oh 1 how I wikli he had lived so that every slavo and every other lover of truo liberty might havo seriously moumod his loss to socie ty I But csn my wife or myself, or any other victim of the Fugitive Slavo Low. weci No I for whenever wo heard of a great genius liko mmci YvoDstcr Deing snatched Jroui the world, with the innocent blood of a wholo ruce cling ing to his skirts, wo can only say, Lord, havo mercy upon him ! " Captain Walker, tho martyr, who sulTered fine, branding and imprisonment for his princi ples in Florida, is now a resident of Fon JJu Lac, Wisconsin. Mr. Walker has been a valuable auxiliary to tho causo of freedom and we doubt not will still contiuue such in kit new home iu the North West. Tub Jouuxal of Education. This work commonccs its second volume with tho now year. A good time to subscribe. Its contents cannot fail to diffuse and maintain an intelligent interest in the causo of education. A cause underlying and ambodying all othor vuluablo reforms. Ho vok Fubkdom. The last Cleveland Har poon, lays, a larger number ol fugitive slavca than uiual, possod through that city last week, on thoir way to Canada. I San Fuamcisco the Free Democratio eloo (oral ticket received fifty-four votes. t Address the Women of England. This address creates something of a stir among our republican advocates of alavery. It ii very brief and mild in its language, and if an address with its objeet, could bo unexceptionable, in style and manner, this is ths ons. Our readers can judgo of it for themselves. They will find it on our first page. But it is not the style, af. tor all their pretence, that the slaveholders car for. It is tho matter and intent. They are the more disturbed on this occasion, because tho ad dress comes headed by members of the British aristocracy whom they havo hcrctoforo consid ered their natural allies and looked up to most deflcrentialy is their inducntisl patrons. It forcei upon them tho conviction, that the pub. lio sentiment of the world is against them. And in their irritation they retort with aome truth, but with more spite and spleen, thnt their advisers hsd better look after their own slaves' and add with equal effrontery and falsehood that they aro worse off than our own. The Washington Union, thinks because the poor people of England are oppressed with tax es and otherwise, it is quite right for us ta buy, sell, hunt, whip, and shoot men, women and children. A lady of Boston, invites ths ladies of that city to meet and express their gratitudo by petitioning for the abolition of the law of primogeniture. And the Now York Observer, with phaiisaic gravity, inquirci ' why behold est thou tho mote in thy brother's eyo and beholdoth not the beam that is in thino own eye, and to aid in tho discovery of the beam, pro poses tho substitution of the words England for America, and English laborers for American laves, in the address and then to return it to the peoplo of Great Britain. The address has not yet been forwarded to this country. It is still in process of circula tion in England. Wc thank the women of En gland for moving in this manner. The fact that tho announcement of the address produces such a fluttering, is good evidence that it is just tho thing. Lrctubes lv Joel Tiifaxt. Mr. Tiffany will deliver a courso of lectures in Salein next week. Commencing probably, nn Sunday. "Progress of Depravity." Such is tho heading with which the National Intelligencer commences an articlo on ths in creasing mffuininn and crime of Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. The details which it presents, and to which it might add to an almost indcflinito extent, are, indeed, most re volting and alarming. But how can the Intel ligencer expect anything less, or better, whilo it, in company with a great majority of the presses of the country, aided by tho clergy and and the general and itato governments, main tain rufrainisra by system and forms of law. While they thus commit more than three million of human beings to tho irresponsible control of men who may maltreat and abuse them with out stint and without question. Who practice upon them robcry, cruelty and lust, by prescrip tive right. The depravity which can "progress" from such a point may well e.xcito attention for its final results. But it is by no means surpris ing, that mea should bo disposed to extend tho area of freedom to embrace rich white men and beautiful Anglo Saxon women, oa well as poor black ones. Justice to Prisoners. Mr. Damon of tho Ohio Legislature, lias in troduced a proposition into that hody, which contemplates tho appropriation by law, of a portion of the oarnings of prisoners in tlie pen itentiary, to the support of their families. Such a provision would be a bond of union with tho world, nnd a stimulant to effort & good conduct, which would not fail to operate favor ably upon the inmates of our state prison. And it would certainly be more creditable to the state, than giving the fruit of their labor to heartless speculators. Indeed wo cannot i.ow, nor havo wo ever boon ablo to sec by what just authority the stato cither appropriates to itself or gives to others, the earnings of tho prisoners over and abovo the necessary appropriation for lhcir detention and support. Such surplus should be rcservod for the prisoner, upon his enlargement, or appropriated to the uso of his afflicted, and most likely destituto family. We hope tho legislature will find time, from their schemes for expatriating negroes, to past a law of this character. A Bit of Truth from Virginia. Last week wo published tho introductory of tho Virginia Examiner, to Theodore Parker's sermon on Daniel Webster, which its editor, unlike the great mass of his northern brethren, had the manliness to publish. Below ii an other cxtruct fiom tho same paper, keenly re buking tho mock woo in which aomo of our hypocrites, political and religious, huvo recently indulged. "The snivelling 'resolution of herercave ment' about Cluy and Webstur, which was offered iu tho Senate of Virginia, the other duy, passed the House of Dclegulns on Tues day, w ith a weeping amendment in favor of Culhoiin. On its returning to the Soiuto, however, for final passage, we aro pleased to say it was tabled quietly ignored, with the consent of all purl its. The put t about Calhoun was loo mueh for the Suuato's sense of the ludicrous and our alligators are saved from a metamorphosis into crocodiles. To bo reminded ef the great Southron's deuth only hy the demise of that cold blooded Yankee of Massachusetts to wait until the ghosts of Clay, Webster and Cnlhoun could be all gotten together iu a line, ao that they might he raked hy single liroadwide of be wuilinent, and the three birds killed hy oae stone altogether mukea the matter one of the funniest little bye-plays witnessed here this winter. It is our first, and we hope it may b our last attempt at oificinl by poeriey." A Bit of Truth from Virginia. Letter from C. S. S. Griffing. A Bit of Truth from Virginia. Letter from C. S. S. Griffing. LITCHFELD, Dec. 18th, 1852. Dbas. Marios t Since our last communication we have been holding Anti-Slavery meetings in this vicinity, many of which apparently prom ise good remits. At Bridgeport, a village south of this, In Wayne County, we held three meet ings having a good attendance and good atten tion at caeh meeting, The last evening we poke of "The Church," showing that it is false to humanity, to the slavo and God, and our effort was considered sufficiently important to call to tho defence of the Church a vonersble Methodist minister, whoso ipologics appeared killful and good tempered ai long ss he had hopo of persuading the audience that the Methodist Episcopal Church was Anti-Slavery, and The Church," God'a instrumentality for the salvation of ths world. When this hop clepar'ed.it seemed to take with it his poliioness, good temper snd good , sonse, leaving the priest olono in his folly, arrogantly to light against truth and the convictions of his hearers. Tho illustration, however, was a good ons to ihow tho power and influence of Mothodism and Religion in an hour of lore trial and ex treme difficulty, and I presume will have a salutary influence on all who witnessed it. At Polk, in Ashland County, we held two largo meetings. Tho condition of the slivo was presented, and sorrow and sympathy mani fested for them. The unholy poiition of ths church, and no apology offered for it. Tho Government was shown to bo against liberty and in favor of alavory, corrupt, snd corrupting in its influonce, and no ono camo to its defence Our position wss clearly defined and no objec tion was mode toil, and in evidence nf its truth fulness several witnessed by subscribing to the Bugle. During most of our stay In this place we were kindly entertained in the family of Mr. Kuhn.who is keeping a Tcmpcranco House for tho sake of principle, and at a pecuniary sacrifice to himself j for total abstainenco is not here one of the most popular theories or prevs lent practices. lie ii also a freo soilor, almost ths only ono within hearing of the place, and his position reminds me of one of tho hymns w e used to sing, a verso of which is, "Jesus, tako all the praise, That still on earth we live Unspotted, in io foul a place. And innocently grieve." For if any abolitionist could innocently be a free loiler, it would, in my opinion, be a tem perance man amid such hunker Whig, Demo crat and Methodist surroundings. Iiore, too, we found a family of Walton's from Marlboro, near you, who aro ready to identify themselves with the friends of the slave. Again, in Eaton, Lorain County, wo held rather unusual mcctings,in the Disciple Church, the uso of which was frcoly given on the part of the church, notwiths'.anding wo dealt fuith- ' fully with them and their patriarchal progenitor, .A. Campbell. Somo repudiated the master and would not be his disciples, and all positively reiusca to Do collet! by his nsmo The last evening wos principally spent upon the government and political parties. Some discussion ensued, and the mcetiug was pro. longed until a late hour. At its rloso we ob tained lix lubscribcrs to tho Bugle, and thua our position and principle will be efficiently spread out before them weekly. In this pise especially, and in overy place we visits! to a considerable extent, we found an interest in the Anti-Slavery cause awakened aed increased in women, by Josephine's presence and ad dresses. And now, lurcly, the time has com when women nay plead for the oppressed without opposition from tho ' world;" in the sense the church uses thnt word. In fact, from thn nrn.uLivi.rv V.M.nv, .1. . , . ......I.,, iV mi oh viTuiem oppo sition to truth, hi any phase in which it may be presented, is received. And if Us its out word courso it would but turn a vory little more to the left than it now doe, it would be entirely out of our way, nnd would be to all except itself, a harmless representative of folly, . ignorance, superstition, and Satan. C. S. GRIFFING. The Bugle a Bad Paper. Fuiend Maiiici: It will perhaps sffDrd you and your readers a little amusement to learn that tho AmericuH Tract Socictu by its locomotiva agent has decided that tho liuylt is a " bad pa per," and have resolved to put it down. It ia not atrango that those rcverond slaveholder should be alarmed by tho DugU'e shrill, cloar blasts, but their courage in attacking it evinces a uravcry we am not given them credit for pos sessing. One of their hired tools, n Colportcar, hs been canvassing the town of Salem for some dayi past. In his family visits, he has taken occasion to inquiro of tho women if they reid tho Jiugle, and when answered in the affirmative, ho would hoavo a heavy, long drawn sigh, and pronounce his anathema upon tho Dwjl as "bad, wicked and ruinous paper," and then charitably present the ladies with a tract entitled " BE WAKE OF BAD BOOKS." If thii msn really thinks tho liujlo a bad paper, why doea ho not attack and try to destroy the fountain, and not waste his preeiout time doctoring the effects. Ho is cither a coward, or a consumat quack, or he would not imitate, tho example of ... -vn.-m in uig uinuen oi jucn. But I must say that one lady by her cute ncss proved more than a match for this copyist of the old lorpent. Ho was glad to betake hlm olf from the house muttering as hs went," go. fl.fl fi, ,ln.l . . I.. .1, r. 1... 11. ing to thit Devil I Gone, gone, gone 1" when th good woman retorted, "just where you belon sir it's time you wore thero now, for no doubl you ar expected." Served him right. . Youri, &a. S. Annexation. A debate occurcd last week on Cubsn Annexation, in the U. S. Senate. Mason of Va., whe led the debate, was in fa. ror of having Cuba. Ths dissuasion u paU poned till nox.t week,, " . . ,