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Appropriations For Fortifications

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TheThe Bill recenlly reported to the House of Representaties, mnkes the following: oppropriations for the public defence, in the varions sections of the Union: 'For drfensive works, ncor Buffalo, 835,000; rep&irson Fort Ontario, 7,4C0; Frlificaticiw at theoutletof Lake Champlain, 35,000; Nnrrows of (he Penobscot river, Maine,000; Fort Preble, Me. , 10,000: Fort McClary, 2,500; Fort Independence, Mass., 7,000; Fort Warren. 50,000; Fort Adam?, R. I.i 10,000; FortTrumbuM, Conn., S0,00D; Fort Schuy!er, N. II., 60,000: Fort Wood, N . H. . 35, 000; Fort Homilion, 20,000; Fon Washington, MA. 20,000; Fort Monroe, Va. 60,000; Fort Mncon, C. 4,000; Fort Moiiltrie, S. C. 12,000; Dike to Dronken Dick Shonl, Charleston harbor, 35,000: Fort Sooapter, 70, 000; Fort Johnson, 1,000; Fort Pulaskia, Gn. 17,000; Fort Jackson, Ga. 10,000; Sea Wall at St. Aupustine, Florida, 6,400; Fort Barnncas, 30,000; Frt Morgan, Aio., 15,000; Fort Jnckeon, Lt-, 7.000: Fort St. Philip, La. 10,000; Fort Livingston, Bnrratnria Bav, 50,000: Fort PickenPensacola, 12,000 j.Forlifications on the Florida Reef, 30,000; Contiugencics ■il, 600. - Jlrgus. The above oppropriaiiona give to the Free States, S256.900: to tho Slave States, $444,400.Liberty men aro often asked how the Norlli supports slaver}'. The abovo is an illustration. It is one of the thonsand avenues by whicb public money silently finds ils way to the South. Tfte statement, if correct, as it probbly is,ahews an excess nf $187,500 in the single item of fortifications, and m a single sesaion. pent in the southand for its benefit, out of the public purse. ín like proportion are the other appropriations for thearmy, the navy, and mprovements. By mucli the greater part is spent in and for the South . Theabove surn of $444,400, (neurly half a million) will not only be expended for slavery's benefit, in building fortifications to overawe the 6laves, and ensure tbeir servitude,but threefourths of it will probably find ts way into the pockets of slaveholders, in paymsnt for work to be done by their slaves, in carryingr out opproprintions. The labor in all thesoutiiern public works is performed by slaves hired by the contrnctor, at wages varying from $15 io $S0, n m Mith; he fjrniahing the scant clothing and food of the slave. The masler pockets the wages cloar oí all charges, and thus derives a fat income through nis slave, out of Uncle Sani's purse. No wonder he 6hould deern slavery to be heaven-bor-n, and the best basis of a republic! While he can get $560 a year for each 6lave, out of Uncle Sam, he will hug the institution of slavery, and denounce abolition.Il is also thus with the array expenditures. The greater part of the army is alwaya stationed in the South, to aid in down the slaves. The 6oldiers wages are speni there: and the vast expenditures for the army contingencieR find on easy channel through the unpaid slave iato the rnaeter's pocket. Nay, our rery vessete of war are taken to southern portsto be reñtted, though the work would be done cheaper and better in those of the orth. And in Washington, as a general thing, a white laborer is not permitted to work in the Navy Yard. A monopoly of work e even there created for the benefit of the slaveholder. But are theee thinga so? yes! sober facte: the necessary result of the possession of our government by slavery. The slaveholding secretary of the navy or of war has but to issue his order - his l'ipse dixit" and it's cone. Andthis is the sysrem continually, but quietly, year after year goir.g on, whereby northern money is drained inlo the slaveholders pocket, and the vile system of slavery, profitless and perishing in itself, is forced into health and lucre by northern vigor.Mr. Schouler. editor of tlie Lowell Journal, (Whig) m Merch 1843, visited Washington. Ín Iris Journal be thus comments on matters there. "Congress this morning voted an appropriation of $100,000 to build a dry dock atthe Nnvy Yard at Pensacola. This is another of those schemes by which the slaveholder6 endeavor to retiin n their hands a large portion of the public patronage. Since the com menccment of the Government, ne;irly tjrothirds of the wfaole naval expenditure has been expended in Pensacola, NorloJk an Washington, noiwithstanding the cost for repairs of vespels are ahvoys mnch hiher than in New York, Charlestown, f Mass.) and Portsmouth." "I am told that Mr. Keliogg, He Tyler Replesentalive from ihe Norfolk district in Virginia, has a largenuinber of slaves whom he hires to The Govf.rnmüNT to work in the Norfolk Navy Yard for the finü little sum of $S0 a month. Slnves are al-o employed in the Navy Yard in this City, to the exclusión of free whites: nnd il has become a source of greatcomplaint, hut it is of no use". "At Penfacola most of the 1 bor is done by slavee, and thus the large naval approp"ialions made every year find their way into the pockets of the slave mastere."Some time eince the Liberty Press published a letter from the Rev. W. Houck, of the Methodist Church, which slated among other ihinga that during the Florida war, slaves were hired as wagon drivers, ot.wages of $30 a month, to carry provisions to thetroops, and that Mr. Houck sawtliera pass each day in vast numbers. It ia also known that a steamboat waschartered of government during this same war. the hands being doubtlesa slaves, and that during a 6ingle year the pnce paid for hire amounted to about treble the value of the bont.The case of the sla ve ischarjjed, not long 6nce at Boston, ns free, from on board the Frigate "United States," js another exhibition of this draining eystem of the skilfo slaveholder. The 6lave belonged to the pure er, by the slave laws, and eorned f 12 a montl for the master, benig rnted nt euch wages on the vessel'8 booke, and all the time was the bodv servant of the purt-er.Freemen of Michigan! How long will you gïve life to this abominable system? how long will yon permit your monoy to go tlms palpably to moke slavery profitable? Recollect the money tlwis spent is public money - that it is accutnulated by our customs and land sales, of which the nortb contribute at least three fourths. How long we say, how long? 85a The aroount of ice exported froro Bos ton du?:.5g C'glit monlhs past, is 21,852 tons We are not inforracd of it eetimaled val ue.


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