John Brown dies to-day! As Republicans,
maintaining as we do, that neither individuals
nor parties in the North have a right to
interfere with slavery where it exists under the
sanction of positive law in the States, we
cannot say that he suffers unlawfully.
To our more radical readers these views will be unpalatable; but there are such that Republicans must entertain. When the fanatical action of the South and the accumulated aggressions with which she has afflicted the North, dissolve the ties the hold the North and South together, and when we no longer owe allegiance to the constitution and laws which the propagandists of Slavery have long trodden under their feet, then we may have reason, upon the broadest principles of human right, to not only bless but aid any work that will assist in the emancipation, by arms if necessary, of every human being on American soil. Until that time comes there is but one course left. That we have pointed out.
We have firm belief that this execution of Brown will hasten the downfall of that accursed system against which he waged war. Throughout all this land, men will not fail to see that there is a conflict between the principles of humanity that have obtained a lodgment in every human heart, and obedience to laws which all have tacitly agreed to support. The shock caused by his death will be more than a nine days wonder. The emotions excited and the reflections provoked by the tragedy, will go to the very foundations of our political structure; and in all parts of the Union men will ask themselves how long this institution which compels men to put to death their fellows like Brown, who act upon motives and for objects that command the approbation of the world, shall be suffered to disgrace the age and the civilization in which we live. The question will reach hearts that have been callous heretofore; and ere many years it will bring the opposing forces which now distract the country -- right on the one side and wrong on the other -- enlightenment and barbarism -- Christianity and Atheism -- Freedom and Slavery -- face to face for a final conflict. We have no apprehension of the result, whenever it comes. The events of to-day, bring it nearer than it has ever been before since the struggle began at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1775. It is ours, as it should have been Brown's to labor and wait!
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