or provocation, prod him with bayonets and outrage his defenseless family while he was a prisoner, as was done in scores of well- authenticated cases in both Colorado and Idaho, would he then be in the mood to listen complacently to hypocritical homilies upon the "temperate" use of language, the sanctity of "law and order" and the beauty of "exact justice to all"?
And if he heard of some man who had sufficient decency to denounce the outrages he and his family had suffered, would he then "conceive it to be his duty," as he tells us, to condemn the language of such a man as "treasonable and murderous" and the man himself as "inciting bloodshed," and therefore an "undesirable citizen"?
This is the immortal date upon which John Brown was led to execution. Louisa M. Alcott on that day christened him "Saint John the Just." On that same day Longfellow wrote: "This will be a great day in our history; the date of a new revolution, quite as much needed as the old one. Even now, as I write, they are leading Old John Brown to execution in Virginia for attempting to rescue slaves! This is sowing the wind to reap the whirlwind, which will come soon."
How prophetic these words!
Within a month the mutterings of the storm were heard in the land, and within a few months it broke forth in all its fury.
December 2, 1859, had spoken!
John Brown was the spirit incarnate of the Revolution, and his execution changed the destiny of the universe.
The hated agitator is now the sainted savior, and his name ranks highest among the immortals.____________________