The Negro Problem.
ing, his origin, his history, his present condition and moral
and intellectual idiosyncrasies of his would still impart to his
individuality an invidious relief.
From the dawn of recorded time, from the period, Avhen
his captive form was delineated upon the commemorative
walls of ancient Egypt, until the present day, he has been
the slave of a will other than his own, or, when not the
slave of a will other than his OAvn, the slave of what is even
worse—of his own unillumined and misguided will. Of all
the teeming millions, that people the Dark Continent, not one
of its innumerable tribes has ever succeeded in elevating itself
to a level that even the more advanced of the Asiatic nations
would call civilization. Indeed, so sunk in savagery and
sujDerstition is this vast continent that, without a perceptible
shock to the conscience of the world, six or seven of the Great
Powers of Europe have partitioned its entire surface between
them with as little regard to the inclinations of the natives
themselves as if the latter Avere so many rabbits in a warren.
So too, when any portion of the African race has been enslaved
by the Caucasian, and, through the harsh discipline of slavery,
has been lifted to a higher than its aboriginal estate, it has
never been endowed with self-control except to its discredit.
These are hard words. They are written entirely without an
intention to claim that the conclusions of the future can always
be safely deduced from the premises of the past. Nevertheless,
it cannot be denied that they are justified by the facts and
should therefore be allowed their full force in shaping the
spirit, in which the Negro Problem should be approached.
Froude, certainly an intelligent observer, has just warned
Great Britain, after a tour of her possessions in the West
Indies, that a more liberal extension of political power to the
blacks in those islands would probably terminate in as many
fac-similes of Hayti. What this means we are at no loss
to determine. Another highly intelligent Englishman, Sir
Spenser St. John, who resided for years as British Minister