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A Great Slaveholder

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Pnnce Esterhazy, a lïungarian baron, is gcneraliy repre?ented as the richesl man in the world. He lives in the highest style of earthly magnificence. - His estates contain one hundred and thirty villages, forty towns, and thiriy-fotir castles. One alone, of his fourcounlryscats, contains three hundred and si.iy rooms for visitors and also a spacious theatre for the amusement of himselfand his guests. Dy the feudal customs, still undisturbed, he possesses tho power of lifeand death on his estates. An English traveler, nol long ago passing through Hungary, visited the castle of one of these lordly barons. "The Hungarian noble look him, on a pleasant afternoon, to a ride over his exfensive lands. They passed, in their drive a group of peasants who were assembled together in the enjoyment of some of their rustte amusements. The baron imagined, or pretended to imagine, that one of the peasants did not bow to him, as he passed, with sufficient obsequiousness. He immedintely ordered some of" his attendants to seizo the poor man, bind him and scourge him severely. Hhis orders wcre ir.stantly executed, and the shrieks of the poor sufl'erer fillcd the air. The English gentleman, thunderstruok at sucli wanton barbarity, enlreated :ie baron to put an end tothe severe and nmerited punishment. The baron lookd upon his gnest with amazement, and aid, " What ! do you intercede for such a brute as he ? he is nothing but a miserable peasant. Here, my Jair, lest these peopleshould think any body cares ubout them, give the fellow twenty more lashes in honor of this stranger." And the lasheá werc administered. Such recitals cause one's blood to boil. Butusuce wm noi aiwayssieep. i liere ís D avengitig arm, slowly but su rel v gathoringstrength. There is nn hourof asvful retribuí ion stertdily approachíng. - Oppressed burnanity will eventually asserl ts righte. And wo lo iho people upon vhom shall fall ihe avcngingarm of íhose vlio are coming froni degradation fh engcancc. In the horrors of the French leyóIutioDj and in ihe massacres of St. )omingo, we see iho rcsultantoï ag(?sof oppression. AVhat recital shall nexM cause the ear of Christendom to tingle ? Ieaven in mercy grani, that the shout of he avengerahd thé cry of his viclim may not reoOnd fromour shorer.