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The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 12. 1872. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2003/show/1978.

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(1872). The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 12. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2003/show/1978

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Title The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament
Alternative Title The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament. (Debate in the Cortes.); Extracts from speeches made by Senores Diaz Quintero, Benot, Salmeron and others
Contributor (Local)
  • Macías, Juan M.
Publisher Anglo-American Times Press
Date 1872
Description Contributor roles: Macías, Juan Manuel (editor)
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Politics and government
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Cuba
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 32 pages; 21 cm
Original Item Location F1785.M16 1872
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304410~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Public Domain
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Transcript 10 rabble, worked up to a pitch of paroxism at human blood being denied it, subjecting your innocent sons, after they had been acquitted (conceive this, if you can, my lords), subjecting them, after a sentence of acquittal, to another council of war; and there, at the point of the bayonet and under the fears inspired by the howls of these bloodthirsty hyenas, there condemning eight of your sons to death and the rest to the common gaol. Authorities in the Havana, have ceased" to exist since the rising has thrown into prison those that were, and thousands upon thousands of fierce, lawless men, with the dire ferocity necessary to murder your sons unrestrained by law, present, indeed, a fearful picture ; but you can hardly even yet form a just idea of this savage scene. The children numbered 44, and the second council of war ordered them to draw lots who should die ; amongst the others, it fell to the lot of two brothers, and the stony hearts of the judges even thinking it hard to deprive a father at one blow of both of his sons, pardoned one of them, but, in order that the arithmetical operation should remain correct, and the due number of victims be retained, they substituted for the pardoned boy another, because he happened to be somewhat older than the rest, without seeing or caring that they were breaking the heart of another father by murdering his innocent son—so innocent, indeed, that he had not even been in Havana on the day of the alleged demolition of the tombs. What should you say, 0 upright senators, who have grown grey in the administration of justice, if one of your sons had been condemned to death and shot like a dog for the fearful crime of being a little older than his unfortunate companions ? This crime, then, incredible as it is, and unexampled in the annals of history, remains still unpunished, as Senor Diaz Quintero has informed us in a former sitting. And yet, the Government tells us that crime is proscribed whilst this is known to the whole world ! Would to God that the bitter tale were hidden from all the nations of the earth! I assure, you, my lords, that I enter on the discussion of the colonial question with fear, for it horrifies me to have to pick my way over governmental robberies, juridical murders, and the usurpation of parliamentary powers. A few years ago I knew little or nothing of colonial questions. I was aware only that in the colonies slavery flourished, and the generous spirit of this age made me abhor and curse our infamous colonial system. But the minority of the Constituent Cortes allotted to me the special study of the Cuban and Porto Rican estimates, and I then saw that Spain sustained in the Antilles a shameful crime that pervades everything, corrupts everything, exercises over everything a deadly influence, and dishonours us throughout civilization. I satisfied myself, moreover, that political questions, both in Cuba and Porto Rico, were nothing but a pretext for the abolition or maintenance of slavery. The Republican minority