Whence came this Demon?
It must have been among that crew of fallen an¬
gels that warred against Heaven, caused our first pa¬
rents to disobey the command of the Most High, and
consequently hurled the human family from the height
of bliss down to the abyss of misery.
Let slavery be forever damned. Let it find no rest¬
ing place upon this beautiful globe. Let the strong,
musical and peaceful voice of Christianity continue to
cry out against it. Slavery is the oldest institution on
earth. It received its missson from vice, and was con¬
ducted into the inmost recesses of the human heart.
The Bible is the oldest and most authentic history
we have, and the first mention made of slavery in the
Bible is in Gen. ix: 25. In this we see that Canaan,
son of Ham, was doomed to be a slave because of the
contempt done to Noah by his son Ham. But it
would not be reasonable to suppose that this was
the origin of slavery. It might have been originated
before the flood.
For the same feeling that made Cain kill Abel could
have made any of the other descendants of Adam en¬
slave their fellowmen; and as there was such an
amount of wickedness on the earth prior to the flood
there is much probability that slavery was among it.
It is a prevailing opinion among mankind that the curse
put upon Ham's son, Canaan, was the cause of our
race being slaves to the white race. But this we
dispute. That curse was put upon Canaan and his