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the Leader, extracting only the salient points the boy John; We have no regrets to express from a full and accurate detail.
that he has been imprisoned.”
Mr. BUSHNELL was then welcomed home by
Rev. E. H. FAIRCHILD, as follows:
In behalf of this crowd of your fellow-citiTHE OBERLIN DEMONSTRATION.
zens gathered to greet you on your return from Yesterday was a proud day for the “ Ober- jail. I am requested to extend to you
the right lin and Wellington Rescuers.” Previous no- hand of fellowship, and welcome you home. I tice had been given, that Bushnell
, the last of esteem it a high privilege to discharge an office the jail confined “ Rescuers” and “Felons," at once so agreeable and so honorable. was to proceed to his home in Oberlin ;
For many years we have known you only to the hour approached for his departure from respect and esteem you. We have known you the stone castle where for so many weeks be as a citizen incapable of an act of injustice to a had been confined, an immense crowd gathered fellow man, or to your country. And this high in and about the jail to see him off
. Both estimation of you has by no means been damjail and yard were densely crowded with the aged by the events of the few past months. friends of the prisoner. Mr. John F. Warner When on the evening of the 13th of Septemwas endowed by the Sheriff with the powers of ber last, you returned with that rescued man, Marshal, and under his guidance the pro- we were not ashamed of you. When the news cession was formed, headed by a guard of came of your indictment by a grand jury secolored men with a banner inscribed - Oberlin lected from a small minority of the citizens of and Wellington Rescuers.'
this district, we were not ashamed of you. And Then followed the Chaplain, Rev. J. C. when we heard of your conviction by a jury of WHITE, and after him the Hecker Band in the same stamp, and of your sentence by a full uniform, discoursing lively and spirited judge eager to execute the most impious of all national airs. Then came a long line of friends laws, we were not ashamed of you. And now on foot followed by Mr. BUSHNELL in a car- that you return to us unsubdued, ready to reriage with his baggage; accompanied by the peat the same act when opportunity offers, we ladies of Sheriff Wightman's family. Several are not ashamed of you. Again, I say, welother carriages followed, decorated with ban-come! thrice welcome to your home in Oberners and flags. A great crowd followed the lin, and to the county of Lorain! How general, procession to the depot, where there were and how hearty this welcome is, let the cheers gathered immense masses who welcomed the of five thousand people assembled in the heat hero of the occasion with hearty cheers. of harvest, on the first working day of the week,
At 11:25 the train, with six crowded coaches, at the hour of dinner, bear testimony. left the depot, the band playing national airs as Yet, sir, we should do you and ourselves inthey commenced the journey. On reaching justice, should we intimate that we have gathOberlin, the guns of Artillery Co. A., Cap- ered here for the simple purpose of expressing tain W. R. SIMMONs, who had gone to that our personal regard for you.* place on the early train, spoke forth in boom- We are well aware that we cannot thus honing notes one hundred shots of welcome and or you on your return from prison, without triumph. That Company, with the Oberlin making ourselves responsible for the act that Hook and Ladder and Engine Companies sent you there. Indeed, for this very purpose were drawn up to receive the Clevelanders. we are here. What was your act?
The Besides these, there were thousands of the alarm was given and came to your ears, that a Lorain citizens ready to grasp their fellow- neighbor had fallen among thieves, who were citizen by the hand. One banner which they dragging him South into life-long bondage. carried was curious and noticeable. An im- Without inquiring into the character, color, or mense horn, labelled “U. S. District Court,"condition of that neighbor, without asking was the principal feature, the “Rescuers” whether the robbers were private or public issuing from the large end, while from the robbers, whether they acted on their own relittle end of the horn the Officials were crawl- sponsibility, or by United States authority, you ing out upon the “ Democratic Platform," at hastened to the spot, delivered the spoiled • which one was grinding at “ Public opinion.” from the oppressor," brought him to a friendly At a little distance from the Rescuers were inn, 66 and took care of him.” friends who greeted them with “Well done, For such an act we wish to be responsible good and faithful servants.' Besides these before our country and the world. You could there was a pair of scales, with “ Higher Law” neither have been “a good Christian nor a going down in one scale, while “U. S. Laws” good citizen,” had you coldly witnessed such were flying up, being weighed in the balances an outrage on a fellow man, and "passed by and found wanting. It was expressive. on the other side.”
On leaving the cars, Judge SPALDING said You raised no standard of rebellion against to the crowd, “ My friends, Bushnell had no your country ; you simply violated an inhuman regrets to express that he had aided in rescuing statute so base, that, on its engrossment, only
two Northern Senators voted for it; and then Mr. CARTTER closed amid the most enthusiyou quietly submitted to its penalty. How long astic cheers. His remarks having been frewe will imitate you in this latter respect, we do quently interrupted with shouts of laughter and not propose to say. We acknowledge our obli- cheers. gation to submit so long, and only so long as we This speech was followed by singing by the lack the moral, political, and physical power to choir of a magnificent quartette and chorus, render the enforcement of that Act impossible. entitled " The Gathering of the Free,” by Prof.
We belong to no “modern school ” of poli- George N. Allen. This was splendidly pertics or theology, and lay claim to no new light formed by the choir, setting every heart beating on these subjects. We belong to the school of with exultation and sympathy. the Fathers, who having been driven from their A. G. RIDDLE, Esq., was then called upon, native land by the persecutions of their gov- and rehearsed with hearty eloquence the histoernment, taught their children that “resistance ry of the trial and incarceration of those who to tyrants is obedience to God;” or to the had so long felt the force of a tyrant's prison. more ancient school, which exclaimed to the At one point the speaker brought Bushnell up existing authorities, “ Whether it be right to to the stand, who was greeted with rousing hearken unto you more than unto God, judge cheers. ye;” or to that still more ancient, which said At the close of Mr. RIDDLE's remarks, which to the king, “ We will not serve thy gods nor were heartily cheered, the Hecker band gave worship the golden image which thou has set some of their unsurpassed music. After which up.". We crave the honor of some slight con- Hon. R. P. SPALDING was introduced to the nection with the long line of prophets, apostles, audience as the man who, when he was on the reformers, and martyrs, who, by the govern- Supreme Bench of the State of Ohio, announced ments of their time, were persecuted, impris- publicly, that should a fugitive slave be brought oned, and killed, " of whom the world was not before him, he would set him free. He was reworthy."
ceived with cheers, and remarked — Three more cheers were then given, when the When BUSHNELL was asked by the Judge procession, headed by the Wellington Sax Horn if he had any regrets to express for his conduct, Band, and including the Artillery, Fire Compa- how would he have leaped from his seat and nies, the Elyria Band, the “ Rescuers,” visitors, shouted, “ No, sir'ee,” could he have looked foretc., marched the immense church, which was ward to this proud day, when five thousand citimost densely crowded with thousands of the best zens assemble to bid him welcome. The speakcitizens of Lorain county and vicinity. The er gave a high tribute to the character of Father spacious galleries of the church presented a Gillett, who told him at Cleveland that should beautiful spectacle, being almost entirely filled | he plead “nolle contendere," his sons at home with the ladies of the college and neighborhood. would shut the door against him. The speaker These ladies held a prominent banner in- then gave a history of slavery from the fifteenth scribed
century to the present time, with appropriate THE LADIES.
and earnest comments,
Mr. BUSHNELL was then brought up to the
stand. The applause and cheers that greeted Thrice Welcome. GREETING.
him spoke truly of the sympathy and welcome
which the audience felt for the noble “ felon." Such a beautiful sight as those galleries pre- He remarked, that while he had felt no regret sented one seldom sees. It was an exhibition when before the Court, he did now regret that surpassed nowhere “ on this terrestrial ball.” he could not in fitting language respond to their
Å large choir of ladies and gentlemen occu- call. He had been imprisoned for disobeying pied the front of the gallery, and by their exe- the Fugitive Slave Law, and Marshal Johnson cution added greatly to the interest of the oc- told him that that law had been enforced on the casion. The speakers and reporters occupied Reserve; but this audience showed that it could the pulpit
not and should not be; and as for him, if a fuProf. MONROE opened the exercises at half gitive came to him for aid he should have it, past one o'clock, by calling upon the venerable though all the mortals in Ohio opposed it, so Father KEEP to open with prayer, which he did help him God. 66 Three times three” were then in an eloquent and stirring appeal to the God given with a will for Simeon Bushnell in “speakof Heaven for his blessing upon the meeting, ing tones.” and rendering heartfelt thanks and gratitude Music by the Wellington band. for the blessings which had been poured forth Hon. JOSHUA R. GIDDINGS was then brought on the “ Rescuers,” and enable them to go forward. through that trying ordeal and despotic rule.
Prof. MONROE, as Chairman, 'first called upon Hon. D. K. CARTTER, who responded know JOSHUA R. GIDDINGS, and just what he
[So well does literally “ ALL THE WORLD” in his usual off-hand, sarcastic, and impetuous
1000 WELCOME YOU.
would say on such an occasion, that we may perhaps be pardoned for omitting - since we
have not space for all — his eloquent address, whose manhood could not be overshadowed or as we have also the scarcely less brilliant one of perverted by his official character, — who, with Mr. CARTTER.]
the discernment which God gives to the true
hearted, could discover honest and upright men, The Marseilles Hymn was then executed by even under the brand of indicted and convicted the choir, the solo being finely sung by Miss felons. Those committed to him as prisoners, Church, and the full choir of one hundred and he dared to receive as guests; and, from the fifty ladies and gentlemen joining in the chorus first moment of their commitment to this preswith splendid effect..
ent hour, he has made it his care to administer Hon. Ralph PLUMB (one of the Rescuers) to their comfort and welfare. was the next speaker. On the 13th of Sep- Our friends were sought out and cared for tember last, just ten months ago, he had, it is by many others. Foremost among these, was true, been glad to know of the rescue of John one who did not merely come and look on them, Price; but he was ashamed to say that he did to “pass by on the other side,” but he came to nothing to aid in the rescue. It was not these them with such comfort and help as personal men alone, but it was the spirit of Oberlin, attention and personal resources could provide. which was opposed to all oppression, which He took care of them, and even went beyond was indicted. But years ago he had been the parable, in not leaving them until he saw guilty of rescuing slaves. [At this point Mr. them safely lodged in the bosom of their famGiddings arose and said that he remembered ilies. one Sunday morning, long years ago, when this [Now, Mr. President, do not permit the good man Plumb brought a whole wagon load of people here to say that I have intimated that slaves to his house, on the way to freedom.] our friends had fallen among thieves. If they The speaker then went on to describe and press the illustration to that extent, they must speak of their prison lives of eighty-five days, do it on their own responsibility; I was brought of the feelings that actuated the imprisoned, up not to call bad names.] and their trials when thinking of their families Within the prison walls, our friends were inat home. He had felt cheered with the troduced to a jailer — whom God made a man thought which his daughter had written him before he was made a jailer - and to his exwhile in prison, “ Father, it is a great boon to cellent wife and her two assistants, all of whom be the lever, or even the stone upon which that were unwearied in their attentions to the prislever rests, which is to lift a nation and a whole oners and their friends that visited them, and people up into purer atmosphere where free- by their considerate kindness gave to the doṁ can live and bless.” They should go on, gloomy place as much the air of a home as a until Ohio should be, what she professes to be, prison ever had. a free State, and until our whole broad land is The citizens of Oberlin, in whose behalf I free from slavery’s blighting curse.
speak, have not been insensible to this kindness, Prof. Monroe announced at the close of Mr. of which hundreds of them have been personal Plumb’s remarks, that it had been said that witnesses. Without the idea of repaying it, recent events had soured the temper of the they have wished in a measure to relieve their Oberlin people; and he must confess that Prof. sense of obligation, by a public testimonial of Fairchild, one of the most amiable of men, had their gratitude ; and I will call upon our friend become so soured that he was about to cane a Mr. Grannis to accept and transmit to Mr. person right there on the stage.
Sheriff Wightman this cane, presented by the
citizens of Oberlin, and this — its fellow - to PRESENTATION ADDRESS BY PROF. J. C.
Mr. Henry R. Smith, the good Samaritan; a FAIRCHILD.
small token of our appreciation of their kindMr. President. It seems to be your prerog
Assure them, sir, that these gifts have ative to assign us our duties, at your pleasure, been selected with an eye to utility as well however grotesque they may seem, and we are as comeliness - not that we would intimate not at liberty to decline them; but, I take it, that they are afflicted with any spinal weakevery man is by nature chartered with the privi- ness, or require any such support of their lege of performing his duties in his own way. manhood. Nor have they enemies whose asYou will expect me, then, to administer the can- saults they might repel, - - nor is there any thing ing which you have appointed me, in our plain in human form against which we bear a grudge, Oberlin fashion - not with that display of re- upon which we would wish them to try the finement andchivalry which might be appropri- temper of these trusty weapons. But if
, in ate to the chamber of the United States Senate. their pilgrimage through the world, they should
There are, probably, few in this vast assem- fall in with the monster which Mrs. Partington bly who need to be informed that our friends has called the fugitive slave Bill,“
going about at Cleveland experienced much kindness from seeking whom he may devour,” the mere sight various sources, as an offset to the pains and of these two good sticks shall frighten him back penalties laid upon them by United States offi- to his native pandemonium, whence he is a fugicials.
At their first introduction to prison tive, and where he “owes service and labor.” walls, they made the acquaintance of a Sheriff The matrons of Oberlin who have thus far
had the privilege of caring for their husbands as an American citizen. We wished that the at home, have provided for the gentle hostess of wide world could all have seen him standing our friends, Mrs. John Smith, this set of there, pouring forth in clarion notes his noble, spoons; for her assistants, Miss Eliza Morrill manlike, and godlike thoughts. No more eloand Miss Lucy P. Wightman, this dress and quent speech was made yesterday than his. this book; assure them that their kindness Prof. Monroe then introduced Prof. PECK, will be held in remembrance, and that they expressing his doubt in the mathematical asserare among those whom we shall delight to tion that eight quarts were equal to one Peck. honor.
Prof. Peck remarked that he had been put Frof. FAIRCHILD then presented to John C. into intimate association with the noble men Granniss, Esq., to be presented by him to the who had brought eloquence and talent to bear parties named
- a gold-headed cane for Sheriff upon their defence, and expressed his gratitude Wightman ; a similar one for Mr. H. R. Smith; to them in touching words and kind remema set of spoons for Mrs. Smith; a dress for her brances, and also in the highest and tenderest sister; and a book for Miss Lucy Wightman. terms of Jailer Smith, his family, and those asThese articles Mr. Granniss delivered, and sociated with him in imprisonment, expressing responded for the recipients in a happy and as his will and testament, that those brethren fitting manner.
should be the first to follow his body to its burial, The canes are heavy ebony, with elegantly and the ones to offer up the last prayer over chased gold heads, inscribed to the recipients his lifeless clay. “ from the citizens of Oberlin.". They are val- Judge SPALDING and Mr. RIDDLE, for the uable articles, both intrinsically and for their counsel for the defence, expressed their thanks deeply interesting associations.
for the compliments paid them, but asserted that Prof. Morgan then read the following reso- the Bar of Cuyahoga, with possibly a few exlution, which was carried with a will:
ceptions, were entitled to equal gratitude, for Resolved, That the people of Oberlin in Mass all were ready and eager to leap forward for Meeting assembled, tender to R. P. SPALDING, the defence of such men; -“so bring on your F. T. Backus, A. G. RIDDLE, and S. O. Rescuers.” GRISWOLD, our heartfelt gratitude for the un- With music by the Hecker Band, the imwearied zeal and devoted self-sacriớce with mense congregation of not less than 3,000 perwhich, refusing all compensation, they have sons was then dismissed, it being 6 o'clock, and conducted their very able defence of the Res- at 7: 50 the Cleveland delegation returned to cuers before the U. S. Court and the Supreme the city, “ satisfied.” Court of the State. We feel that no fees The meeting was an earnest and a good one, could have bought such services, and that no not less than five thousand persons gathered gift can duly express our sense of the debt we to do honor to the occasion. Notwithstanding owe; but by us and by countless others of the the dust - the intense heat of the sun's rays friends of right and freedom, the names of the time in the middle of harvesting — and the these able jurists and their noble services will fact of its being the first working day of the be had in everlasting remembrance. ·
week, the hosts of freedom came up and enEsq. GOODWIN, of Sandusky, was then in- camped in the strong-hold of liberty and equaltroduced, and spoke of the present contest ity. Oberlin is not “subdued,” and never will between common and higher law - claiming be. that nothing was “law” save that which com- Of all the features of the day, there was manded what was right, and prohibited what nothing that was of more interest than the singwas wrong. He spoke with words of counseling by the vast and well-trained choir. It was, and hope for the future, and with a prophetic without exception the most grand and glorious eye looking through the coming ages to the singing -- the nearest to our conception of a last day, when kings and beggars, black and grand choral harmony, of any thing we ever white, bond and free, should meet together heard. before the great white throne, to be judged for A lady remarked to us on the homeward the deeds done in the body.
passage, that she “did n't believe we would John LANGSTON, Esq., rose in response to hear better singing in the other world.”. We a call
, to apologize for the absence of his brother do believe there is no choir like that one in the Charles, and to speak a word for himself. In country. No words, no language can express his characteristic bold eloquence, he spoke fear- the beauty and sublimity of the execution of less and startling words in opposition to the the Marseilles Hymn, or the “Gathering of the Fugitive Slave Law. He paid a high and Free,” and so will not attempt it. It was beproud tribute to the speech of his brother in yond all praise. The United States Court, which was received After partaking of a bountiful supper at Prof. with loud applause. He thanked his noble Peck's, we returned home, hearty cheers risfriends who had gone up to Cuyahoga county ing as the excursionists left the station, and jail — thanked them in his character as a ne when next Oberlin celebrates, and her eleven gro -- as a white man - as one in whom the i hundred students are “ out of school,” and the blood of both races joined — as a man and latch strings are out,
may we be there to see.”