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Mr. Listwell confesses, that this reasoning didn't altogether fulfill his moral sense, for, hating slavery as he did, and relating to it to be the instant responsibility of each guy to cry out opposed to it, “without compromise and with no concealment,” it used to be tough for him to confess to himself the opportunity of situations in which a guy may, effectively, carry his tongue at the topic. Having as little of the spirit of a martyr as Erasmus, he concluded, just like the latter, that it used to be wiser to belief the mercy of God for his soul, than the humanity of slave-traders for his physique. physically worry, now not conscientious scruples, prevailed. during this spirit he rose early within the morning, manifesting no shock at what he had heard through the evening. His quondam pal was once quickly at his elbow, uninteresting him with all kinds of questions. All, despite the fact that, directed to determine his personality, enterprise, place of abode, reasons, and vacation spot. With the main ideal visual appeal of fine nature and carelessness, Mr. Listwell refrained from those meddlesome inquiries, and became dialog to basic issues, leaving himself and all that specifically pertained to him, out of debate. Disengaging himself from their not easy companionship, he made his approach in the direction of an previous bowling-alley, which used to be hooked up with the home, and which, like every the remainder, was once in very undesirable fix. On attaining the alley Mr. Listwell observed, for the 1st time in his existence, a slave-gang on their solution to marketplace. a tragic sight really. right here have been 100 and thirty human beings,—children of a standard Creator—guilty of no crime—men and ladies, with hearts, minds, and deathless spirits, chained and fettered, and certain for the industry, in a christian country,—in a rustic boasting of its liberty, independence, and excessive civilization! Humanity switched over into item, and associated in iron bands, without regard to decency or humanity! All sizes, a long time, and sexes, moms, fathers, daughters, brothers, sisters,—all huddled jointly, on their technique to industry to be offered and separated from domestic, and from one another eternally. And all to fill the wallet of guys too lazy to paintings for a good residing, and who achieve their fortune via plundering the helpless, and trafficking within the souls and sinews of guys. As he gazed upon this revolting and heart-rending scene, our informant stated he virtually doubted the lifestyles of a God of justice! And he stood pondering that the earth didn't open and swallow up such wickedness. in the middle of those reflections, and whereas operating his eye up and down the fettered ranks, he met the look of 1 whose face he idea he had noticeable prior to. To be resolved, he moved in the direction of the spot. It used to be Madison Washington! the following used to be a scene for the pencil! Had Mr. Listwell been faced through one risen from the lifeless, he couldn't were extra appalled. He used to be thoroughly surprised. A thunderbolt couldn't have struck him extra dumb. He stood, for a couple of moments, as immobile as one petrified; gathering himself, he at size exclaimed, “Madison! is that you simply? ” The noble fugitive, yet little much less astonished than himself, replied cheerily, “O convinced, sir, they’ve received me back.