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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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SPAIN AND CUBA—AN EXTRAORDINARY LOAN—THE COSTS OF THE INSURRECTION—THE EMANCIPATION QUESTION. Leaving, for the present, as it 30 Public opinion throiiorhout the civilized world would justify a proclama- tion from Washington, of belligerent rights to the Cubans, or even armed intervention there, in the cause of humanity and civilization. But there are to terms other and measures thus give through the finishing which we blow may to bring slavery the in Spanish — government sdch meas- ures, for instance, as a peremptory demand for reparation and indemnity in consequence of the Spanish outrages in Cuba Cuba upon American citizens, and upon our a)mmerce in the Gulf, committed during the last four years, resting our cause upon the troubles arising from Cuban Slavery. Doubt- less, too, a resolution from the House of Kepre^entatives, asking of the President such official information a* he may possess as to the decrees and purposes of the Spanish government in reference to the abolition of slavery in Cuba, would operate to bring the Cabinet of King Amadeus to reason. It is reported that Senor Zorilla has recently declared that Spain would move no further upon this matter of slavery in Cuba, until the last insur- gent shall have surrendered. If so, the dominion of Spain in the island is the dominion of slavery. And, indeed, as the abolition of slavery is the corner stone of the insurgent constitution for Cuba, we cannot doubt that the removal of slavery involves the independence of the island. So it is understood and accepted by our colored citizens, and, from their strength in our body politic, they have only to pour in their petitions upon Congress and the President, in order to command a hearing and definite and decisive action. PARTIOULAKLY INTERESTING. [From the New York Ilerald, Monday, January 20, 1873. stands the diplomatic question of veracity pending between our Secretary of State, Mr. Fish, and Senor Zorilla, Prime Minister of Spain, in reference to the remarkable despatch of the former of the 29th of October last on the abolition of slavery in the Spanish VVest Indies, nication we — that turn which to the we consideration published yesterday of another from remarkable our Minister official at commu- Madrid to Mr. Fish, bearing the date of August 16, 1872, on the finances of the Spanish Cuban government, and on the frightful costs and loss of life re suiting from the insurrection for Cuban independence. This despatch, it appears, has been shown by Mr. Fish to several members of the Dip'omatic Corps and of the Senate, Cuba, which Senor Zorilla as says justifying he has not his received. note aforesaid We are on slavery in obliged to the Secretary of State, in any event, for the production of this August despatch from Madrid, because of its important official disclosures touching the con- dition of Cuba. V\'e are thus informed of an official accompanied by a Report of the Colonial Minister, authorizing the Treasury ot the island of publication of a decree, Cuba to issue bonds amounting to sixty millions of dollars, at eight per

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