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.^/raiit outragr coiii-
iiiitted by Inrlaii, the iniiit.iry coniniarul-
ant of Gu idahijara. The facts, a.s re-
lated, are simply these: I>isliO|»s are be-
coming almost as unpopular in Mexico
as they are in Enojand, but General fn-
clan is a staunch adhcKcnt to their cause;
so when the revered head of the dioces
of Guadalajara made his entry into that
city, till- military were called out and oth-
i| cr unusual honors were paid him, which

I produced some lemaiks in the official
j[ journal of the ne.\t day. The General
ij in.staiiily ordered tht^ editor, Hiambila, to
jj be seized by a file of soldit rs and execut-

II ed within three hours. The permanent
[ commission of the State Lroislature in-
|[ terposed ; Iriclan replied, that lit; was an-
swerable for his acts to the central gov-
ernment alone; the commission then is-
sued a decide by wh'ch they decl.ired

* Petitioning t' ' ) ' •; »e*s, from the District,
would be the same thing, — g. v. e.



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thenine'ivcs in bodiiy O'.ir, and stispcntietl
their session un'iil the 4tli of Di^ctnnber,
when it was to be coiitniued at La^^os, a
rity distant one liiiiulred uiilcs. Iiician
considered lli;it I hey h;id no riijht to re-
move, and hiid au einl)aigo on the Treas-
ury ; bnt finding th;it the whole city of
70,000 iniiabitaiits, was in commotion,
he thought proper to pardon the Editor,
as ho says, at the intercession principal-
ly of his wortliy fiiend the Bishop.

Much excitement was created where-
ever the facts were made known ; the
Lesrislature of the State in which they
occurred, and of the adjoining State of
Zacatecas,* sent memoiials to the fede-
ral government, praying for the punish-
ment of the General ; but no attention
was paid to them, and the outrage was ex-
cused, if not defended in the ministerial
prints of the Capital. Recourse was had
to arms, and insurrections took place in
every quarter. A meeting of the citi-
zens and othcers of the garrison of Vera
Cruz took place on the night of the 2d
inst. and resolutions were passed, the
substance of which is, that the present
ministry should be lemoved, as being op-
posed to the independence of the State,
and as guilty of abetting the late attack
upon the liberty of an individual ; and
that tile 4th article of the Plan of Ja-
lapa should be sustained, to the fullest
extent; thi:^ article provides for the pro-
tection of all who choose to write or
publish their ideas on political subjects.
In order to attain these ends, they pro-
pose that General Santa Anna be re-
quested to take the command, as best
fitted, by his military experience and
patriotism, to direct their operations.

This celebrated cliief has been living
for the last two years in retirement, at
his estate in Vera Cruz. He instantly
accepted the office, and made his entry
into the city on the evening of the 3d.
The unpopularity of the bishops arises
een published by Wm. Loyd Garrison, at Bos-
ton, with this title : "Thoughts on African
Colonization . or an impartial exhibition of the
doctrines, principles, and purposes of the
American Colonization Society, together with
the Resolutions, Addresses, and Remonstrances
of the Free People of Color."

We have not yet had the opportunity to pre-
pare for our readers a review of this w ork ; but
vvc recommend the true friends of African
Emancipation to examine it with a careful eye.
It contains a mass of testimony, adverse to the
claims of that Institution to the title of an Anti-
Slavti'y Association, which must shake the faith
of every supporter of its scheme, that looks to
it, alone, for the eradication of slavery, upon
the principles of justice and humanity. We have
never, for one moment, believed that that So-
ciety could accomplish the thousandth part of
the good anticipated by its hontst advocates. —
Yet we were willing that they should make an
effort, in some way, to rouse the public mind
from the dead stupor of apathy in which it was
so long involved. .Vothing was so ruiich to bt
dreaded as this APATHY. The doctrines, pro-
mulgated by some of the agents and advocates
of that Society, though of the most outrageous
nature, are not more to be deprecated than the
practices very generally prevailing among slave
holders. These doctrines were measurably con-
cealed, until the efforts of this Association have
furnishedthe occasion to bring ihem to the light.
We now have a full assurance of the despotic
principles of slavitcs, ffom their own lips; and
wc also know the length, and breadth, and depth,
of the horrible prejuilice that prevails, even in
the free States, against the descendants of Afri-
cans. Philanthropists have thus been induced
lo examine the subject ; discusiion has been



produced ; liglit luis been elii'iteil ; thousands
have been rousetl ; both white and coloured are
wielding the tongue and the pen ; and the great
Babel of ignorance and cruel oppression is par-
tially undermined. This subject will be re-
sumed anon.



TESTIMONY ACAIN.'iT SLAVKKY.
Tlie "Discipline" of the Society of "Friends"
requires that a number of "Queries" shall be
answered, at staled periods, in the meetings for
business. Among those queries, one requires
the bearing of a testimony against slavery. —
Since the abolition of that system, as far as the
Society was directly (.onccrned, the answers to
this query have generally been merely afTirma-
mative. But we are informed that, at one of
the late Yearly Meetings in Ohio, some of the
answers were alfutnative, with this remarkable
exception : — " except an abstinence from the use
of the productions of slave labor.'" These may
not be precisely the words used, but the import
is the same.



STORKS FOR THE PRODUCTION? OF FREE
LABOR.

In the Ladies' Department, of this month's
paper, will be found an interesting statement,
relative to the Stores for the productions of
free labor, at Philadelphia and Wilmington.—
In addition to the information, there given, we
would observe, that Charles Collins, of New-
York, still continues his Free Grocery Store, ~
in Franklin Square, as usual. Isaac Peirce al-
so keeps a supply of similar articles, at 403,
Pearl-street, N. Y. — A Store, of the same kind
is likewise about to be established in Boston, —
and several others, in the State of Ohio, and
elsewhere. This concern is rapiJly extending
throughout a great portion of the country ; and
we may soon hope to hear of experiments being
made, in the slave-holding States,lhat shall prove
the superior advantages of free labor, in the cul-
tivation of sugar, cotton, and rice, as well as in
theproductionsoflhe northern and niiddleStates.
A practical e.rperiment, of this nature, in some
Southern State, would be worth more, at
this moment, than all the theory and all the
argument yet brought to bear upon the ques-
tion of slavery. It is extremely gratifying 10
learn, that the disposition to encourage tht mak-
ing of such experiments is increasing in many
parts of the United States.

Before concluding, we must further observe,
that a Society has recently been organized at a
place called Green Plains, in the state of Ohio,
for the purpose above mentioned. May such
associations multiply in every direction, until
the demand for " free produce" shall be hear<



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from every quarter, and be born on every
breeze !



DECENCV !

Some " whole hog" *7a«i7e, at Staunton, Vir-
ginia, has returned a copy of the Genius of Uni-
versal Emancipation, addressed to Chapman
Johii.-on, Esq. with the following decrnt ex-
pression, written on the margin : "Any man
that would publish such a thing as this ought
to be d — d."

This poor wretch is entitled to pity ; yet we
«houid not consider him worthy of our notice,
were it not to be presumed that he resides in
the vicinity of the distinguished gentleman to
whom the paper was directed, as aforesaid. In
what relation may we suppose that he stands to
that gentleman, or the imblic ? — Is he in the pay
of the United States ?



FIKTIIEK DKSCRirTION OF THE TEXAS
COUNTRY.

The following is extracted from a letter,
written in November, 18^0, by David G. Bur-
net, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, and direc-
ted to Anthony Dey, Wm. H. Sumner, and
George Curtis, of New Yoik. Several grants
of land had been made to various individuals,
for the purpose of colonization, of whom Bur-
Hel was one. From the iuformation received,
whileiii otner parts o Texas, the writer of
this believes the statement to be substantially
correct. Much of the country, here described,
is located bfhrte/t the districts, alluded to in
the la = l number of llie Genius ol Universal
Emancipation.

"Having' spent two years in Texas,
part of llic time in Austin's color.3', and
the rest of it in traversing the countiy,
to which I am about returning lor mv
permanent residence, incompliance with
your request to turnish a brief account oi
it, and more particularly of the giants
of Messrs. Zavala, Vehleni and Burnet,
I remark, that Texas, in its usual and
most extensive acceptation, comprises
the whole territory lying between the
southwestern boundary of the United
Statesand the Ilio Grande, alias, the Rio
Bravo del Nuite, the Gulf of Mexico on
the South, an


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