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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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29 many victims in the Southern States of this Republic;" that " those hypo- crites who talk to you about fraternity and of rights" and all that, " have all their lives lived oflTDOthing but the labor of negroes," and that our col- ored people ought not to be deceived by these Cuban " loafers." nor allow " the rogues now appearing before you to put you down as fools." Mr. Pindell, however, answered this circular apparently to the satisfaction of the meeting, in numerous advertisements for the Bale of slaves
quoting from El Cronista and an excited young Cuban clinched the nail by proclaim- ing the publisher of this Spanish document as the author of the " Negro in We Slavery," discover the here "most that pro-slavery there were book some ever Cubans written." at this meeting, from which we may infer that they are at the bottom of this movement
but even conceding the accusations against these men as cowardly and unscrupu- lous adventurers, their participation in this colored meeting does not shake the argument on the main question of African slavery in the island of Cuba. Nor will the plea avail that
the abolition of slavery in the Spanish An- tilles is a fact already decreed and introduced by the government at Ma- drid," and iliat for the colored citizens of New York " to take action now upon the subject is the most ridiculous and uselese step to whi'-h they could induce you who want to prey upon your savings by similar nonsense." The idea here is that these penniless Cubans are aiming to collect money from our colored citizens on false pretenses
but it does not appear that these colored men entertain any filibustering designs. Their plan of action is to appeal for official Cuba. They do not propose, and we presume they will nut be led into, the folly of subscrib- ing^ioney for intervention in behalf of liberty in Cuban filibustering expeditions. They ask the concession of belligerent rigiits in Cuban insurgent cause because they think tliis behalf of the embraces liberty concession in poiut of law would be riglit and because it and equality to the half million African slaves of the island. This i.s the main question to our citizens of African descent. The free- dom which they now enjoy they wish to be enjoyed by their brethren else- rism—negro where; and while slavery the — British in Africa, government in is striking at this relic of barba- consequence of the astounding disclo- sures of Livingstone and Stanley, these black citizens of the United States call for the intervention of their government for the extinction of the evil in We Cuba, dare and say, by such action too, that this as they hold to be within the law of nations. Cooper Institute movement is due more to the suggestions touching slavery in Cuba,' thrown annual Message, than to the intrigues of out in the President's We suspect late thai our colored citizens have seized the idea from General Grant's opinions that slavery in Cuban emissaries. war in the island still goes on
Cuba htill prevails; that the civil early termination, one way or the other, that there is no prospect of its from present indications, and that meantime we can only hope that the present liberal government of Spain will put an end to this curse of slavery. Upon these hints, we apprehend, our colored citizens have come forward and defined their position. They may have been further inspired by tlie encouraging remarks of General Banks in Congress, on the bill pro- viding for those half a dozen improved ships of war. But, in any event, let the freedmen of the United States, ultimatum to Congress and to the President in a flood of petitions on this subject. Let them keep up their fire submit their hot and heavy, and decisive action will follow.
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