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some violence and occasional murders. The citizens of the territory made some resistance, it is true; still, our cause was advancing prosperously, and we bid fair to have the whole nation to back us. But in the full tide of our success, that fanatical Senator unveiled our proceedings, and let out the great secret, that the Slaveholders wished not only to possess black slaves, but to be masters of all the People likewise. It was an offense not to be forgiven. We who had been long in the service of the Slave Power as confirmed democrats, had always been careful not to blab the secret of its aims. Our offices and bread depend on our keeping it. But this insolent talker, who sits in Congress without asking any favors of the Slave Power, spoke the thing right out. Of course, we were obliged to punish him for vengeance, and also to prevent any such free speaking hereafter. So we did punish him. Two democratic Slaveholders inflicted on him a deserved chastisement, from which if he were to die, it would be all right. It is nothing more than has already been suffered by many a non-slaveholding citizen of Kansas. We modern democrats do not die for liberty, as our fathers did; we prefer rather to inflict death on those who love liberty too well.

The reason, then, of that penal infliction on the Senator was, that he revealed too plainly the doings of the Slave Power. For that Power, ruling Congress through the Democracy, took the matter in hand, and by first suggesting, and afterwards approving of the punishment of the Senator, has pretty thoroughly suppressed, as we think, all free speech in Congress for some time.

But scenes similar to the beating of the Senator may still occasionally occur. Our slaveholding masters are very chivalrous characters, and they do not readily tolerate any dissent from their own opinions. So it can

not be known, with certainty, what slight grounds they may find for cudgeling the northern representatives. It behooves these gentlemen to walk softly, and not talk too much of liberty in Congress. We of the Democracy never open our lips in favor of freedom there. We know our place-for we are cudgeled in ways the People little dream of. The only thing unpleasant, however, to us-the better sort of democrats who are engaged in the service of the Slave Power-is, that past favors are apt to be forgotten. My own deserts have been overlooked in a manner little expected. But I hate to speak of the subject. I console myself with the reflection, that if I cannot soar very high hereafter, I can still continue to crawl.

You have another consolation, said the Alien. It is, that you are sacrificed in the support of those great democratic principles which you enunciated to me.

Oh, said the Magistrate, it is only the Slaveholders who derive any consolation, now-a-days, from the support of democratic principles.

DEMOCRATIC STATUTE IN FORCE IN KANSAS, JULY 4, 1856.

Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Kansas, as follows:

SECTION 1.-That every person, bond or free, who shall be convicted of actually raising a rebellion or insurrection of slaves, free negroes, or mulattoes, in this Territory, shall suffer death.

SEC. 2. Every free person who shall aid or assist in any rebellion or insurrection of slaves, free negroes, or mulattoes, or shall furnish arms, or do any overt act in furtherance of such rebellion or insurrection, shall suffer death.

SEC. 3. If any free person shall, by speaking, writing, or printing, advise, persuade, or induce any slaves to rebel, conspire against or murder any citizen of this Territory, or shall bring into print, write, publish, or circulate, or cause to be brought into, printed, written, published, or circulated, or shall knowingly aid or assist in the bringing into, printing, writing, publishing, or circulating, in this Territory, any book, paper, magazine, pamphlet or circular, for the purpose of exciting insurrection, rebellion, revolt, or conspiracy on the part of the slaves, free negroes or mulattoes, against the citizers of the Territory or any part of them, such person shall be guilty of felony, and suffer death.

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SEC. 4. If any person shall entice, decoy, or carry away out of this Territory any slave belonging to another, with intent to deprive the owner thereof of the services of such slave, or with intent to effect or procure the freedom of such slave, he shall be adjudged guilty of grand larceny, and, on conviction thereof, shall suffer death, or be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years.

SEC. 5. If any person shall aid or assist in enticing, decoying, or persuading, or carrying away, or sending out of this Territory any slave belonging to another with intent to procure or effect the freedom of such slave, or with intent to deprive the owner thereof of the services of such slave, he shall be adjudged guilty of grand larceny, and, on conviction thereof, shall suffer death, or be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years.

SEC. 6. If any person shall entice, decoy, or carry away out of any State or other Territory of the United States any slave belonging to another, with intent to procure or effect the freedom of such slave, or to deprive the owners thereof of the services of such slave, and shall bring such slave into this Territory, he shall be adjudged guilty of grand larceny, in the same manner as if such slave had been enticed, decoyed, or carried away out of this Territory, and in such case the larceny may be charged to have been committed in any county of this Territory into or through which such slave shall have been brought by such person, and, on conviction thereof, the person offending shall suffer death, or be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten years.

SEC. 7. If any person shall entice, persuade or induce any slave to escape from the service of his master or owner in this Territory, or shall aid or assist any slave

in escaping from the service of his master or owner, or shall aid, assist, harbor or conceal any slave who may have escaped from the service of his master or owner, shall be deemed guilty of felony, and punished by imprisonment at hard labor for a term of not less than five years.

SEC. 8. If any person in this Territory shall aid or assist, harbor or conceal any slave who has escaped from the service of his master or owner, in another State or Territory, such person shall be punished in like manner as if such slave had escaped from the service of his master or owner in this Territory.

SEC. 9. If any person shall resist any officer while attempting to arrest any slave that may have escaped from the service of his master or owner, or shall rescue such slave when in custody of any officer or other person, or shall entice, persuade, aid or assist such slave to escape from the custody of any officer or other person who may have such slave in custody, whether such slave have escaped from the service of his master or owner in this Territory, or in any other State or Territory, the person so offending shall be guilty of felony, and punished by imprisonment at hard labor for a term of not less than two years.

SEC. 10. If any marshal, sheriff, or constable, or the deputy of any such officer, shall, when required by any person, refuse to aid or assist in the arrest and capture of any slave that may have escaped from the service of his master or owner, whether such slave shall have escaped from his master or owner in this Territory, or any State or other Territory, such officer shall be fined in a sum of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars.

SEC. 11. If any person print, write, introduce into,

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