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The Cuban question in the Spanish parliament - Image 16. 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/1982.

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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
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  • 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
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Transcript 14 bring them here before us, and let us see them. Who made these laws, General -Dulce and Minister Gasset? And who are these two high and mighty functionaries who dare to usurp the parliamentary rights? Who are they that they should give a retrospective force to their orders, deprive accused persons of a fair hearing before a court, declare, autocratically, that a free man has forfeited all his civil and political rights, and condemn him on suspicion? What functionaries, however high they may be, can establish, in defiance of the spirit of the age, a punishment abolished since 1812—a punishment that extends to the family of the accused, the anti-social penalty of confiscation? The memorable Cortes of 1812 abolished every kind of iniquity and injustice that existed in our laws : abolished the Inquisition, undue pressure, torture, and every penalty that could injure families of the condemned, and, naturally, confiscation was abolished also. It is true that the Constitution of 1812 is not now existing in its entirety ; but by the law of 1837, which is still in force, the punishment of torture and confiscation are abolished from our statutes. And yet, my lords, this punishment is constantly being applied in Cuba, but without subjection to any law whatever, and solely at the caprice of arbitrary authority. Are the Indian laws in force in Cuba ? since, in them, confiscation is unknown. Is our own criminal code valid there ? because in that, no such punishment is mentioned. Are the " General Orders " of the army the law of the land ? No such barbarous, subversive, and cruel punishment is known in the standing orders of the Spanish army. The ancient laws, now repealed, allowed confiscation in Spain, but declared it to be inapplicable where the delinquent had descendants or direct heirs, even in the tenth degree of consanguinity; that is to say, that in what are called the ages of barbarism, there was less barbarity than there is in Cuba in the middle of the nineteenth century. Yes ; in Cuba, in this enlightened nineteenth century, it has happened that the families of insurrectionists, or of those suspected of complicity or sympathy with the insurrection, have been deprived of their bread. General Valmaseda—and I wish to call the especial attention of the Senate to this point—was obliged to condone all actions for cattle stealing, as he recognized that they arose in all cases from the appalling hunger of the attainted families. This is fearful, indeed ; no one is respected, no one pardoned; the sons of the insurrectionists or suspected insurrectionists are embargoed and confiscated, and the confiscation extended to the wife's marriage settlement and trusts ; ladies are laid under embargo for being absent from the island who have not left the Matanzas; people are similarly punished for being absent from Spain who have not left Madrid; nay, the very dead themselves are laid under embargo. It is very extraordinary that we should be called " filibusters," who do not wish our national unity to be torn asunder, who wish all our provinces to live in equality t