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About The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 29, 1892)
THE AMERICAN SLAVE TRADE,
It Begins With Locked Cars and Armed
Guards Handcuffs Will Com Next.
If a Bcore of low-browed, black
hearted, unprincipled men should fit
out a vessel and visit the coast of Af
rica, and while there should, by
treachery, persuasion and misrep
resentation, mduco a cargo of natives
to como on board and then by force
should confine and guard them from
escape, transporting them to work on
the plantations and in tho mines of a
distant country, without their consent,
the crime would be branded as piracy.
All the world would agree in the ver
dict. Fleets of war-ship3. manned
and armed for battle, would cover tho
ocean, and the flaming flags of
nations would vio. in rivalry to
suppress that inhuman slavery.
If the ex-slaveholders of the South
should send man-hunters abroad in
the land to capture, coerce or per
suade colored people or board railroad
trains, and when there should lock
them up in box-cars under guards to
prevent their escape, transport! g
them to unwilling service in tLe
Southern mines and on the planta
tions. American hearts would burst
with rage, writes John Davis, M. C,
in the Journal of the Knights of La
bor. The stars and stripes would
float from every staff, the bells would
clang in all the steeples, swords would
leap from every scabbard, cannon
would answer cannon from every
fortress in America. The inhuman
'interstate slave trade" would be
suppressed if a million men were sac
rificed in tho noble effort.
But when Mr. H. C. Frick, of Penn
sylvania, in the service o! a British
aristocrat sends his man-hunters
abroad into Pennsylvania and adjoin
ing states, and by misrepresentations,
false promises and treachery induces
half a hundred American citizens to
board a railroad train, and, when
there, locks them up in box cars,
under armed guards, transporting
them for service, without their con
sent, in the Carnegie iron works, tho
fact is duly announced, but nobody's
blood boils! No flag flames or flaps!
No swords leap from their scabbards!
No cannon tain: from the fortresses!
No nothing happens! It is all a mat
ter of course! What rights have
American citizens in this land of plu
tocracy? Talk about freedom! Talk
about human rights ! There is scarce
enough of these piecious boons now
left in America to be seen with a
Mr. Jefferson was the founder of a
party which esteemed personal rights
above property rights. Mr. Lincoln
said that labor wa3 superior to capital
and deserved the higher considera
tion; and that in case of conflict, he
favored ' the man before tho dollar!"
All is changed now! The British
aristocrats and their Tory allies, the
slaveholders and the plutocrats, havo
their way in everything! Humanity
has no rights which stolen wealth is
bound to respect.
I have been led into thi3 line of
thought by reading the following
dispatch, clipped from the Chicago
Pittsbcrg, Pa., July 28. (Special tele
pram.) A riot occurred this morning on a
Baltimore and Ohio train, in which a party
of fifty-six non-union men were being trans
ferred from Cincinnati to Pittsburg to
work in the Carnegie steel works in Home
stead. In th8 melee one man was stabbed
in the forehead with a bayonet in the hands
of an armed guard, another had one of his
thumbs chewed off, and nearly a score of
others were badly bruised in an attempt to
regain their liberty. When the train
reached Pittsburg there were only twenty
one men aboard in addition to the armed
guard, the others having escaped from the
cars between White Hall station on the
Wheeling division and the general depot in
this city. When they left Cincinnati the
men say they did not know they were being
. brought to Homestead, and when they
found it out they rebelled. That is how
the riot had its inception.
If this caso of wholesale kidnapping
had taken place in Dahomey, it would
receive the prompt and earnest atten
tion of Jna Qntixe piyiUzg world. It
it had taken place in Mississippi, it
would boil the blood of the entiro Re
publican party throughout tho North!
But, as it was done by plutocracy In a
doubtful Northern state just before
election, nobody's blood boils. Why
Americans! In the name of those
noble sires who gavo to us the boon
of liberty and the grandest country
on the earth, how long shall these
outrages continue? Please answer
through the ballot box, on tho ides 0
Le.mld the Catvn.
For twenty-five years after the
closo of tho war the non-combatants
who hired substitutes in order to save
their own precious "lives, pulled hair
and kicked shins over tho "Bloody
As the echo of ho last gun died
away 'the gallant homo guards
crawled forth from their hiding
places" and began tho war of ox-termination.
During the bloody shirt era a horde
of thieves and robbers were pillaging
It was a bond-purchaser's paradise!
A land -stealer's picnic!
A banker's carnival!
A dress-parade of political pros
A feast of office-seekers!
A riot of robbers!
JA perfect holiday for thieves!
It is safo and reasonable to assert
dhat during the period occupied in
wrangles over the bloody 6hirt in
dulged in for the purpose of distract
ing the attention of the people from
the wholesale plunder that was going
on not less than fifty per cent of tho
property of the United Statoj fraudu
lently and feloniously passed out of
the hands of wealth producers into
tho possession of the robber classes!
Having worn threadbare tho ensan
guined garment a new "issue"' must
Tho ' bloody shirt"' was abandoned!
Tho ' tariff question" was taken up!
And it is under cover of this am
buscade of senseless twaddle that the
thieves hope to not only continue
their dopredations. but retain undis
puted possession of the boodlo which
they have already captured!
But the indications are that the peo
ple are not going to bo fooled any
longer by tho cry of "wolf."
A discussion of the "tariff ques
tion' does not pay tho grocery bill;
It docs not pay house rent;
It doo3 not pay for coal;
It docs not pay taxes;
It does not pay the interest on the
It does not buy bread for the chil
dren; It does not keep the wolf from the
It does not sell tho merchant's
It does not start up the factories.
A People's party man can talk half
an hour to an audience of Democrats
and Republicans and 25 per cent of
them are ready to join the new party
and hurrah for Weaver and Field.
A small-sized re'orm paper can
raako more converts in a single week
than a "prominent" Hessian daily can
make in a month.
The "tariff" is too thin fodder for
mortgage cursed farmers who are pay
ing from 10 per cent a year to 5 per
cent a month for tho use of money,
while they are getting only 15 cents a
bushel for oats and 50 cents for wheat.
The jig is up!
The light is breaking!
Tho day is dawning!
The people are arising!
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