It was securely
riveted there, and required an hour's filing before it could be
removed. This proved to e a very painful operation to the poor
contraband; for his neck was so snugly incased by the iron band, and the
instrument was of such a peculiar shape, as to render the operation
difficult t accomplish. The Negro stated that he had worn it for two
months. The form of the instrument prevented him from lying down and
taking his rest at night; and its weight and close fit rendered it very
burdensome during the day. It consisted of a heavy iron ring, fitting
closely round the neck, from which extended three prongs each two feet
in length, with a ring on the end. . . . He (the slaveholder) is now a
prisoner held as a traitor to his country, and awaiting punishment due
his crime; and if he does not receive it at earthly tribunal he
certainly will at the tribunal of an outraged conscience."
incredible historical content. Original material featuring significant
slave content is becoming extremely difficult to find, and this is an
outstanding example. It is hard to understand how such cruelty could
have ever existed in this country. This is an extremely rare piece, and
one that will make a stunning display when framed and placed in your
office or study. It will become the center of attention wherever it is
displayed. I assure you that this leaf will not only be cherished by
its new owner, but by generations to come.
of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall
apart. The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.
Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and
deteriorate. A different process was used in the mid-1800's which
yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for
centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this
piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years. Acid free mats are
available at most better frame shops. If you have any questions related
to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is
approximately 10 3/4 X 16 inches. I have been collecting Civil War
Newspapers for over 10 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and I find
that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
The leaf is in
good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original
material from this period. It has a tear in the lower left image, which
was repaired ages ago with a piece of tape. The tape repair can be seen
in the image above, and does not affect the image of the slave. Several
small margin tears have been repaired. It is highly displayable, and I
guarantee your satisfaction!