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[info running vertically on the left-hand side of the page identifies this as coming from the March 2, 1855 issue of F.D.P]

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pulse, hinted the matter to certain politi-
cians, and a story gained publicity, that in
the spring a company of Virginians would
move into Minnesota and establish them-
selves on the west side of the Mississippi
River, bringing with them their slaves, and
other cattle. It was a sort of bug-bear story,
to fighten the timid and little children.

I really think, from observation, that by
this time they know the minds of the peo-
ple on the subject; but for one, they have
my hearty encouragement. The distance of
travel to Canada would be somewhat lessen-
ed, as he would be helped this far by his
master. Let them bring on ther passeng-
ers for the Underground Railroad. It fright-
ened some, I suppose; and some of the know-
ing ones that pretended were not, in fact,
really frightened. For instance, certain Ed-
itors who would advocate the cause of sla-
very, were it only profitable. It is a very
strange fact, (and to too great extent in
Minnesota,) that money will sometimes
change men's minds. It is not really prin-
ciples they advocate, but any measure for
money. To give you an idea of how such
things are managed out West—of the influ-
ence and power of the immortal dollar—I
will give you, in a few days, an account of
the great Minnesota and North-Western
Railroad farce, composed and written by

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him for the little, the very little "services"
which it has been in his power to render to
the cause. Nor does "H. O. W." like to be
censured, eitehr publicly, or privately, when
he feels conscious of having done his duty.

"H. O. W." can, with equal, if not greater
propriety ask, what has become of "J. D. B.?"
Has he ceased to be "interested in so
good a cause?"

Now, I am willing to give all due credit to
"J. D. B." I am not ashamed, publicly and
frankly to acknowledge, that in my humble
judgment, "J. D. B." is the ablest colored
correspondent in the State of Illinois. I have
often said this privately, and I now say it
publicly. And this is what I mean by saying
there is a greater reason in asking what has
become of "J. D. B."

He concludes by ironically saying that he
"wishes to say a few words to these
luminaries, who have so often adorned your
columns, and interested your readers."

The great point, and "juncture of affairs,"
to which he wishes especially to draw attention,
is the present Session of our State Legislature.
Now in reference to the doings of
this Legislature, let facts show who has been
"silent" in Illinois. "H. O. W.," or "J. D. B."
The following facts will explain,* and
show to the public how has been "silent."

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