the negroes are so considered, I should almost imagine not, seeing the
barbarous treatment they are subjected to) during the rule of a Democratic Government—a Government that recognises the unconditional
and inalienable character of right, liberty of the subject is subordinated
to enable us civilized men, who deserve to be called savages, to obtain
our comforts and our luxuries in exchange for the blood and tears of
poor negroes, who have no rights at all. Can there be said to be a
spark of liberalism in a Government which allows a single slave to rest
Speaking of the abandonment by Spain of the Island of Penon de la
Gomera, Senor Galdo said, in the Spanish Senate on the 24th October,
1872—" Does not the war we are carrying on in Cuba cost Spain untold
treasures? If, then, the question of humanity be a primary one, and
all thinking men join with the Republicans in urging its vast importance—if, I say, the question of humanity is to be considered, as wrell
as the vast sums squandered by the Treasury to enable us to regain
this coveted jewel of ours, let us abandon it (Cuba) also, the logic is the
Speaking of a dissension existing between the military authorities of
Cuba and Senor Perez de la Riva, the political Governor, in consequence of which the latter had obtained leave to absent himself from
his post, Senor Diaz Quintero said, on October 28, 1872—" Does this
arise from Senor Perez de la Riva having opposed an act of barbarity
which is now being committed—atrocious, like everything else that we
do in Cuba? In Cuba, at the present time, the levies are made in the
same way, or worse, than they were in the days of absolute government.
I should, wish, therefore, to ask whether it is true that, without form
of trial, those men whom the authorities take it into their heads to call
unsteady, are caught and put to penal work on the roads ?
HOUSE OF KEPRESENTATIVES.
In the Congress, 27th Sept., 1872, Senor Don Nicolas Salmlron
said—" I have the honour to present a petition from the ' Spanish Abolitionist Society,' praying that an Act may be passed by the Cortes
immediately abolishing slavery in the Islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Justice demands that this barbarous institution, hitherto partially
upheld by a so-called Liberal Government, should immediately disappear, and that Spain should purge her soil of so foul and black a stain.
The honour of a solemn promise demands that the law should be made,