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engaged in wrong-doing they me mot always, able to see their faults to'the full extent, unless they make use of the-eyes of those who are not guilty of the same short-cominge. They j -«nay so far stultify themselves so -as to be in the daily commission of deeds, that would, when 1 exposed to view, excite the moral indignation of those, who, not being in the commission of, the same in kind, would be enabled to see them in their true light. The same law applies to ; communities. We, on this side the Atlantic,]and can clearly see the injustice of England in the oppression of the Irish, in the grinding of thej faces of her own poor, and in the various wrongs in which she violates the great law of, .right ; while our eyes are closed to oux own . infirmities in oppressing one-sixth part of our own population,--in waging a disastrous war for the purpose of gaining a large field for the exercise ot unlimited authority and numerous other infractions ol the same Divine law. The subject matter of the paragraph quoted above, is an illustration of the fact. Our neighbors ofi Pennsylvania, not having laws similar in their operation to our own in some respects, can clearly see the great wrong we are committing in the mode of administering what goes under •the manner of Justice. We would view tfie matter in the same light were we circumstanced as they. It is the existence of slavery, with all its brutalizing tendencies that blinds us to thoenormity or the wrong of'inflicting corpore al punishment for violations of the laws, and tor selling a man into bondage for the exercis ing of one of the highest faculties of the soul, —benevolence. What, but such a system could blind any people to the nature of the act of selling a woman for stealing the amount ol twenty five cents? We do not advocate screen ing the criminal from justice. If any commit wrong against the community, let them be punished : let the punishment be adequate to the crime ; but in God's name let our statutes be no longer disgr aced by these re S '! (lUmhmmlM of either whites or blacks for the infraction of • law. And with regard to Burris, his ease is one of peculiar hardship. We have been In formed, that so far from being concerned in aidin^ the slave to escape as charged, and for which he is sentenced to be sold for fourteen years, he was engaged at the time in removing his family from Pennsylvania to some place in Delaware. The whole evidence produced against him on his trial appears to he a confies sion, as the witness averred that he had given a few cents to a colored woman, unknown to him, to enable her to procure something to eat. Is it a crime to be punished to admin ister to the wants of.the necessitous ? Legis lators may multiply statutes, they may increase penalties, but they can never, never, by such means, destroy the right to bestow clitrity. It is a sacred gift, the exercise of which is as bindintr upon all men as if there were no statu • tory prohibition. It is a law of our being, im planted by an over-ruling Power, to bestow charity, to disobey which is attended with a heavier penalty than man can infiict upon his brother. It is superior in obligation to human law as the Creator is superior to the creature. For the honor of human nature, for the credit of our State, we hope we may no longer be dis graced by such statutes than sufficient for next legislature to repeal them. confining them in the cells of the City Hall, until evidence could be obtained that would ^warrant their commitment by a Justice. B. OPINION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. Two or three months since the attention of our citizens was called to the fact, as was stat ed, that a certain City functionary had been in the practice of arresting colored persons, on suspicion of thoir being fugitive slaves, and merous petitions have sincje been presented to the City Council, asking them to enquire into the matter, and to take action on the subject, They were referred to the committee j Buildings, which took means to obtain the opinion of the Attorney General upon the law, 1 in this case. .His opinion was reported, by the committee, to the.Council., whermip her made a speech against abolitionists, in general, and the petitioners in ( pafticular ; (who ; by the-bye were but few of them abolitionists) moved that the whole -subject lie on the .table, which was done accordingly, We copy below the opinion of the Attorney General, which proves conclusively .that the acts referred to were illegal, and goes the ifull . length of any of the petitioners. We ho.pe-our citizens, irrespective of party or their diverse opinions on the subject of slavery, will pour in petitions to,the^Council in such numbers as shall convince its members that it is the will of the people that the subject betaken from the table, and the use of the cells of the Hall pro hibited for such nefarious purposes, to the disgrace of the.city* B. To the Chairman of the Committee of the City Council on Public Buildings : In answer to the questions propounded to me by your committee, <1 say, :1st. It is illegal on the part of constables to imprison coloured persons arrested on suspicion of being runaway slaves, in the cells of the City Hall—-that is to say, constables have no right or authority to use the cells for that pur pose. 2d. It is not the official duty of a constable to hunt up runaway slaves, without the request of the owners, his or her agent or attorney, and not even upon request unless a warrant tor the arrest of the runaway is placed in his hands, 3d. In case a colored person has been arrest ed on suspicion of being a runaway slave, it is the duty of the officer arresting him, to take him ' TdiliT SiS conveniently may he before some Magistrate, in order that his case may be heard ; if upon hearing the case the Magistrate should be of opinion that the arrested party is ^.runaway siave it would be his duty to.com mit. him to the County Gaol, and it then be comes the duty of the constable, in obedience to the commitment, to deliver said runaway to the Sheriff, to be by him confined in saic Gaol. If the Magistrate after examining the case should not be satisfied of the accused being a runaway slave he should discharge him. 4th. A constable has no authority to confine n suspicious colored person travelling without a pass. He has no authority in any case to commit to prison ; his duty is. to carry the sus picious person before a magistrate for hearing as indicated in the preceding answer, 5th. r Thocell9of the City Hall are not a place where either runaway slaves or suspi cious colored persons travelling without a pass should be imprisoned. The .plate designated by the law is the common Gaol of the County, a at the town of New Castle. Very Respectfully, Dec. 14, 1847. E. W, GILPIN, Public on a mem [Copy of an opinion delivered by E. W. Gilpin, Council.] ' tho City EST We sent out large numbers of our first issue, for some of which we have received subscriptions and donations in return. Somejby papers have been retained without a reply , some have been returned as requested ; and i some have been returned enveloped in letters charged with letter postage, and in some in stances doublet - postage ; as we reftised to takei them from tho Office, and therefore do not know who returned them, the same persons will be likely to receive the present number. We would inform such that it they do not wish to take and read the paper, we are sorry for their sakes ; but they need not, if they disapprove our Nu-iobject, endeavor to tax us with postage in this of way, as they will only be foiled in the attempt, We shall refuse to take all letters from the office which are not pre-paid. fjJHy* Subscriptions are coming in, but not as rapidly as they should. We hope friends will bestir themselves. A little labor on their part may accomplish much for us. One friend writes from a country place, that in one piece of an afternoon he has obtained eight subscriptions and some donations. He will still do more. Who will go and do likewise? NOTICES OF THE PRESS. Our brethren of the Press, generally, so far as wo have seen, have been courteous in the announcement of the appearance of our paper, and cordial in their welcome. We cannot say so much of'those of this city, with one excep tion. The Gazette and Journal, both, speak in rather a sneering tone, though we should not even have known it had not our attention been called to thé fact by those who had seen them, as they had not the courtesy to furnish us with tho copies in which they deigned to.notice us, notwithstanding they were furnished with ours. The Republican and Delawarian have not said a word respecting us that we can find. Since the foregoing was written, we have re ceived the A. S. Bugle, containing a notice of us, in .which the editor calls us.to account for the course we have adopted. We might, were we disposed to write in the same spirit in which he has done, reply at length ; hut as our "sole object" is "abolition in Delaware," we cannot permit ourselves to do it. We may say« however, that friend Jones does not mis take our object when he supposes that would like to gain the approval of the slave holder of our paper. We would be glad to have him so far approve of it as to read it and act upon its suggestions, neither of which would he do were we governed by the philoso phy of the Bugle, which is, if we understand it by the article in question, to first knock him down and then tell him to behave better Hext time. THE ERA. We would call attention to the Prospectus of the National Era in another column. This per occupies a most important post. Its edit" or, Pr. Bailey, is perhaps second to no otherin the country in talent. Those who feel interes ted in Political AntUfilavery will do well to subscribe for <it. -Its columns contributions from J. G. Whittier, as corres ponding editor. To the lovers of literature his articles will more than repay the subscription price of the paper. graced by THE EXAMINER Is published at Louisville, Ky. The editor, a native of Charleston, South J. C. Vaughan, Carolina, is well acquainted with the views and .feelings oi the politicians of that State. He is, therefore, peculiarly fitted to show up the " Perpetualists" (as he styles those who regard Slavery as the corner stone of our Re publican edifice) in their true colors, which he He is doing a goad work for freedom in Kentucky. His paper is conducted in admira Mo spirit, as our re 7 P nnr first and the articles quoted from >t m o»r first and present numbers. [ l '"rTtlhouidh'roan i 1 ™^ 1111 ? 1 8 ^eet ? Delaware We will j extensive ■ eireul ■ . ' it without cheerfully lorward '"*'3,"* an y charge for our . ° '»^e the paper, can do so by calling at our <><«"> Market stroet ,,ear EleTenth - THE fjURTH STAR, , , , | The first number of this paper nas re c 1 u • It is filled with interesting matter. re eric Douglass, ten years since, was a biave n does.