We do not know how other persons may feel in view of the recent dicta of the Supreme Court in the case of Dred Scott, an abstract of which was published in our telegraphic column on Saturday morning, but it appears to us that the almost diabolical spirit it evinces in going out of the way to Freedom at the expense of Slavery, ought to be sufficient to arouse to indignation the coolest and most torpid of northern men. The decision is a fitting crown to the aborted tyranny which has just submerged with Pierce; an iron clasp, well forged to link the dead with the living administration. It comes pat upon the recent inaugural, "rounds and caps it to the tyrant's eye" and just fills up the cup of inequity.
What matter is it that this decision upsets
those we have on record? New lights have
arisen with the progress of revolving years, and
Story and Marshall, Jefferson, Madison, and
Monroe hide their twinkling lights before the
full-orbed glory of Douglas, Pierce and Davis.
The Supreme Court has aimed a blow at State
Sovereignty which is baser and more iniquitous
than any thing we had before conceived of. The
State of Illinois for example, under this decision
in her legislative capacity, has no power to enact
such a law as can make a slave coming there
with the consent of his master a freeman! The
decision that the Court has no jurisdiction in
this case make all the other remarks from the
bench touching the ordinance of 1787, and the
compromise of 1820, mere obiter dicta, it is
but the fact that the Court has gone out of its
way to say what it has, shows its animus, and
trumpets to the four corners of the earth the
eager alacrity with which it echoes the mouthings
of demagogues like Pierce and Douglas.
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