Two Faces of Abolitionism.
The two faces of black republicanism are, as its leaders think, adroitly managed. Opinions to suit any sort of customers are "kept constantly on hand." Yesterday the Journal delivered another "prompting" from Mr. Lincoln. He adheres inflexibly in the Chicago platform that paper tells us. He says:
"We would not interfere with slavery where it exists by virtue of state law — we would not deprive it of any rights it now has under the constitution; but we would have congress use its power to prevent the extension of evil."
So the party platform is preached here, but on Thursday, another organ of the party, the Chicago Democrat, to meet the views of ultra abolitionists up that way, preaches that the south has no "rights under the constitution," which black republicanism is bound to respect. Noticing the fact that slaves had been carried by their masters from St. Louis south, over the Central Road, the Democrat denies their right to travel across the state, and thus advises:
"Let the conductors on the Illinois Central Railroad be ordered to inform colored people on the cars, whom they have reason to believe are slaves, that if their owners have voluntarily brought them into the state they are free, and that there is no power that can compel them to become slaves again, against their will. Let this be done, and let there be no more kidnapping going on upon our railroads. Gov. Banks is soon to preside over the Illinois Central Railroad, and inaugurate reforms in its economy. Here is an abuse worthy of his immediate attention. He certainly will not wish to preside over a slave trade corporation. He never can identify himself with a kidnapping association. Let us hear of no more slaves being carried to bondage over our free prairies."
So they go. It is thus southern rights are to be respected. It is a significant fact that Gov. Banks, "who is soon to preside over the Illinois Central Railroad," and who once proclaimed his desire to "let the Union slide," should be called on to make the great corporation an adjunct of the "underground railroad." In the face of the patriotic efforts now being made to adjust the dangerous question which agitates the country, the organs of black republicanism are urging "reforms" — infringement of constitutional rights — which must widen the breach and reorder disunion a certainty. Illinois abolitionism now proclaims that a southern man shall not have the right of transit "over our free prairies" with his servants. None pretend that he has the right of domicil among us with them. None but abolition disunionists will deny him the constitutional right of travel through the state.