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Another Senatorial Outrage

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The te'.egrapli annouCcd yesterdáy tlmt the United States Senate had a'dopted an amendmerrt to the civil and diplomatie appfiaUoli bill, ppropriating fifiy tbousand dollars to the ciaimants o{ tho Amistad oegroes. Scarcely bas tlic indignation, wilh wbich llie recent atempt of that body to legaliza human slavery in the f'rce terriiories of' the Union excited, been allowed to subside, before another act of subserviency to slnvery, more flagrant than the olher, is committed. The facts in the Amistad case aru briefly tliese. In 18SD fifty-tliree negroes, kidnaped on the African coait, were carried into Cuba in direct contravention of the Spanish laivs and Spanish treHties, and wcre sold to Ruiz and Montez, Spanish gubjecls, who put thenj ou board the Spanish schooner Amistad, Captain Ferrer, and cleared for tlie port of Havana.- On the voyago the negroes rose, and killed the Captain and took possession of the vesse), the livcs of Ruiz and Montez on the condition of tlieir navigating the ressel into some port where negro slavery was not pprmitted. They deceived the negroes, stecred' for the United States, and anchored off Long Island, about a half a mile from the short-. - Iieut. Gedney corrrmanding the Unitated States brig Washington, took possession of the vessel and caro and of the negroes, and brought them into Connecticut. Ruiz an Montez then filed their claim in the United States District Court against the negroes as slaves, praying that they might be delivered to them or thom or the representativos of the Spanish Crown. The case was ultimately carried to the Supreme Court of the United States, was there elaboratcly and learnedly argued, and that ccurt decided as follows : 1. That t li e negroes were never the slaves of Ruiz and .Montez or any other Spanish subjects. That tticv were kidnaped and vvere carried to Cuba in violation of the lawa and treaties of Spain, and of the most soleran edicts of that government. 2. Tliat by the !avs and edicts of Spain, negroes thus ïntroduced in'o the Sparnsh dominions, are dcclared ló be free. 3. That the negroes not being slaves, but kidnaped, and free negroos, the United States were bound to respect their rights, as mucbas those of Spanish subjects, and the negroes were thereby dcclared to be at hberly. In llie face of this solemn decisión of our highest Court, what does the Señale proposa to do 1 lt proposes to distvibute fifty thousand dollars among the Claitnnnts of the Amistad negroes. That is io say it having been legallyproved thatRuiz and Montes andeavarod tó ma'. e Slaves of llsesf1 neproe, votonly wiih out shaanw of nghl, bat til fio'auut of the laws and treaties of Spain, and in opposition to the most solemn edicts of that government, and having failed in their eÏFort, the United States Government pliüll i:i:erfere in thrir behalf', AND PAY THEJVf THE SUM THE NEGROES VVOULD HAVE BEEN WORTII HAD THE KIDNAPING ENTERPRISE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. Comment is