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ceeds of the sale to go to the sheriff for his
expense and trouble, the remainder to go into
the county treasury. And if any one bein
sent out of the territory, shall return, he shall
be carried before a judge of a county court,
or a justice of the peace, and upon satisfactory-
evidence of the fact, the judge or justice
shall authorize the sheriff to sell him, afte
giving three days notice, for ninety-nine
years.

The fourth section provides that the sheriff
shall publish notices, warning the coloured
people, to quit before the 10th of October,
1842.

The fifth section provides that there shall
be no appeal from the decision of the judge or
justice, except upon the question whether the
defendant be a free negro or free mulatto, or
whether he came into the territory since
February 10, 1832.

The sixth section provides that all guar-
dians of free mulattoes and negroes shall have
the same avthority over them that masters
have over their slaves, except the right of
property. In fact, making them, to all in-
tents and purposes, slaves, except in this one
particular, 'i'lie act further provides for the
punishment of judges and other officers for
malfeasance, if they shall neglect to act in
these cases.

The seventh section provides that, if any
master of a vessel shall allow a free negro, or
a free mulatto, which he brings in his vessel
within the limits of this territory, to go on
shore, the sheriff shall seize the coloured per-
son, and lodge him in jail.

The eighth section provides that the vessel
shall, in all such instances, be bound to one
dollar a day for jail fees ; the person to re-
main in jail until all costs are paid ; and if he
is not taken out, and the costs paid, in ten
days, the sheriff shall give three days' notice,
and sell him before the court-house door for
ninety-nine years, to the highest bidder, and
shall have a fourth of the proceeds; the re- 1
maindcr to go to the county. |



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The ninth section repeals all acts relating
to the free negroes and free mulattoes.

Can it be that the Congress of the United
States, countenance such a law as this? It
would seem almost incredible, but it is even
so. And will the people of the North, the
people of Maine, countenance such a govern-
ment — can they trust a government that is
guilty of such monstrous injustice ? We will
see. — Bangor Gazette.



FATHER MATHEW IN SCOTLAND.

The Limerick Reporter gives a very inter-
esting report of the visit of Father Mathew to
Scotland. It is observed : — " He has much
hope that his visit to Scotland will be attended
with great good to the children of Caledonia,
of whose reception of him he speaks in the
warmest terms of praise. He received, dur-
ing his short sojourn in Glasgow, invitations
from various parts of Scotland ; and addresses
were numerously presented to him.

" He intends, we believe, paying that quar-
ter another visit in October, when his stay is
expected to be somewhat more protracted.

" It is understood that he is to visit London
in May. The invitations are more frequent
than he can possibly attend to, or indeed than
he can spare time to answer. The king of the
French is most anxious to introduce him into
his dominions.

" The people of Canada are daily forward-
ing pressing invitations lo him. From Noith
America, British and United States, he is
receiving constant requests to preach the doc-
trines of total abstinence in that part of the
world."

We much regret it is not in our power to
give more lengthened details of what transpired
on the interesting occasion above alluded to.
Nothing could more convincingly manifest
the approval by all classes of the great moral
reformation which Father Mathew has been
so earnestly useful in promoting. So enthu-
siastic was his reception, that he quaintly re-
marked in one of his speeches, " He had seen
nothing in Scotland to make him think they
were not natives of Ireland." On his return
to Ireland, his reception from his grateful
countrymen, exceeded, if possible, what he
had just experienced in Scotland. His public
entry into Cork took place on the 25th Au-
gust. The procession on the occasion was
considered to be full two miles long, when on
the turnpike road. In Cork, the windows
were filled with spectators, who testified their
joy on the occasion by cheering, waving of
hals, handkerchiefs, &c.



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