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“Four hundred and fifty dollars!” re-echoes the man of feeling. “What good democrats you are! Why, gentlemen, it’s not half the value of them. You must look upon this property in a social light; then you will see its immense value. It’s intelligent, civil, and promisingly handsome; sold for no fault, and here you are hesitating on a small bid.
“Only four hundred and fifty dollars for such property, in this enlightened nineteenth century!”
“Trade will out, like murder. Squire wouldn’t sell ’em to nobody but a deacon a few nike air max 1 black minu nike air max 1 red tes ago!” is heard coming from a voice in the crowd. The vender again pauses, blushes, and contorts his face: he cannot suppress the zest of his profession; it is uppermost in his feelings.
Romescos says it is one of the squire’s uncon nike air max 1 sale scious mistakes. There is no use of humbugging; why not let them run off to the highest bidder?
“The deacon has bid upon them; why not continue his adv cheap nike air max 1 ance?” says Mr. Seabrook, who has been smoking his cigar the while.
“Oh, well! seein’ how it’s the deacon, I won’t stand nike air max 1 grey agin his bid. It’s Deacon Staggers of Pineville; nobody doubts his generosity,” ejaculates Romescos, in a growling tone. The bids quicken,–soon reach six hundred dollars.
“Getting up pretty well, nike air max 1 leopard gentlemen! You must not estimate this property upon their age: it’s the likeliness and the promise.”
“Six hundred and twenty-five!” mutters the strange gentleman they call Deacon Staggers from Pineville.
“All right,” rejoins Romescos; “just the man what ought to have ’em. I motion every other bidder withdraw in deference to the deacon’s claim,” rejoins Romescos, laughing.
The clever vender gets down from the stand, views the young property from every advantage cheap air max 1 ous angle, dwells upon the bid, makes further comments on its choiceness, and after considerable bantering, knocks them down to-“What name, sir?” he enquires, staring at the stranger vacantly.
“Deacon Staggers,” replies the man, with a broad grin. Romescos motions him aside,–slips a piece of gold into his hand; it is the price of his pretensions.
The clerk enters hi nike air max 1 premium s name in the sales book: “Deacon Staggers, of Pineville, bought May 18th, 18-.
“Two children, very likely: boy, prime child, darkish hair, round figure, intelligent face, not downcast, and well outlined in limb. Girl, very pretty, bluish eyes, flaxen hair, very fair and very delicate. Price 625 dollars. Property of Hugh Marston, and sold per order of the she nike air max 1 riff of the county, to satisfy two fi fas issued from the Court of Common Pleas, &c. &c. &c.”
An attendant now steps forward, takes the children into his charge, and leads them away. To where? The reader may surmise to the gaol. No, reader, not to the gaol; to Marco Graspum’s slave-pen,–to that pent-up hell where the living are tortured unto death, and where yearning souls are sold to sink!
Thus are the beauties of this our democratic system illustrated in two innoce nike air max 1 ebay nt children being consigned to the miseries of slave life because a mother is supposed a slave: a father has acknowledged them, and yet they are sold befo cheap air max 1 re his eyes. It is the majesty of slave law, before which good men prostrate their love of independence. Democracy says the majesty of that law must be carried out; creditors must be satisfied, even though all that is generous and noble in man should be crushed out, and the rights of free men consigned to oblivion. A stout arm may yet rise up in a good cause; democrats may stand ashamed of the inhuman traffic, and air max 1 seek to cover its poisoning head with artifices and pretences; but they write only an obituary for the curse.
“A quaint-faced, good-looking country deacon has bought them. Very good; I can now go home, and relieve Mrs. Rosebrook’s very generous feelings,” says the very distinguished Mr. Seabrook, shrugging his nike air max 1 shoulders, lighting a fresh cigar, and turning toward home with a deliberate step, full of good tidings. ③

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