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Slavery in Cuba. A Report of the Proceedings of the Meeting, Held at the Cooper Institute. New York City, December 13, 1872.
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By five hundred souls in bond
She speaks ; she must not speak for naught,
Four millions freed can but respond
To show that rights, once dearly bought,
Are still in grateful hearts enshrined,
With memories that together bind
This cause with hers and all mankind,
Who love the right by freemen wrought.
Why falter then, God leads the right,
He marshals all who would be free ;
Then to vanguard in manhood's might,
And hasten Cuba's liberty ;
Then to four million free'd we'll add
Five hundred thousand more made glad,
And Cuba placed in freedom's train
By fire purged of slavery's stain,
By Columbia's side shall take her place,
Twin champions of a fallen race ;
Thus right shall victory's triumph grace
In the gem of the Carribean sea.
In the early part of the evening a circular was distributed by agents of the Spanish Government, warning the colored people against interfering in the affairs of Cuba, stating that "The abolition of slavery in the Spanish Antilles is a fact already decreed."--The circular was signed, JOSE FERRER DE COUTO.
The Secretary, Mr. Chas. E. Pindell, after reading the circular, said he did not know the author of the circular, when an excited young Cuban in the audience arose and informed him.
"Mr. Speaker," said he, "he is a Colonel of a volunteer regiment that helped to oppress the Cubans in Havana, and he is the author of the 'Negro in Slavery,' the most proslavery book ever written."
Mr. Pindell proceeded to disprove the statements made in the circular and quoted from El Cronista, of which Mr. De Couto is editor, numerous advertisements for the sale of slaves, to show that it was a paper in favor of the inhuman institution.
Mr. Pindell was followed by Mr. John J. Zuille and Rev. Chas. B. Ray, after which the meeting adjourned.
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