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398             UNCLE TOMS CABIN; OR
tical, ourselves, ever to give them much of an idea of that industry and energy which is necessary to form them into men. They will have to go North, where labor is the fashion, — the universal custom ; and tell me, now, is there enough Christian philanthropy, among your Northern States, to bear with the process of their education and elevation ? You send thousands of dollars to foreign mis­sions ; but could you endure to have the heathen sent into your towns and villages, and give your time, and thoughts, and money, to raise them to the Christian standard ? That's what I want to know. If we emancipate, are you willing to educate ? How many families, in your town, would take in a negro man and woman, teach them, bear with them, and seek to make them Christians ? How many merchants would take Adolph, if I wanted to make him a clerk ; or mechanics, if I wanted him taught a trade ? If I wanted to put Jane and Rosa to a school, how many schools are there in the Northern States that would take them in ? how many families that would board them ? and yet they are as white as many a woman, North or South. You.see, cousin, I want justice done us. We are in a bad position. We are the more obvious oppres­sors of the negro; but the unchristian prejudice of the North is an oppressor almost equally severe."
" Well, cousin, I know it is so," said Miss Ophelia, — " I know it was so with me, till I saw that it was my duty to overcome it; but I trust I have overcome it; and I know there are many good people at the North, who in this matter need only to be taught what their duty is, to do it. It would certainly be a greater self-denial to re­ceive heathen among us, than to send missionaries to them ; but I think we would do it."
" You would, I know," said St. Clare. " I 'd like to see anything you would n't do, if you thought it your duty! '
" Well, I 'm not uncommonly good," said Miss Ophelia. " Others would, if they saw things as I do. I intend to take Topsy home, when I go. I suppose our folks will