OUTRAGES ON COLORED SOLDIERS.
From the Philadelphia Press, March 22.
IF colored soldiers are to be treated with indignity by the conductors of passenger
cars, we mistake the temper of Philadelphia and the laws of Pennsylvania. The
men who refuse to soldiers of the United States even the miserable privilege
of riding on the platforms of the cars, at night, will be punished by the censure
of the community, and ought to bear the penalties of law. The insult to the
uniform is plain even to those who do not care for the insult to the race. Below
will be found an account of the expulsion of two colored non-commissioned officers
from one of the cars of the Fifth-street road, which will make the blood of
many a reader burn with indignation.
Yesterday a colored man, whose only offence was that he carried a banner with
the legend "Greeley is Coming," was beaten by a number of rowdies,
and this outrage resulted in a brutal attack on one of the most eminent of our
clergymen. The spirit which instigates such outrages does not rise to the dignity
of wickedness. It is an extraordinary meanness, of which many ruffians, guerillas,
bounty-jumpers, and pirates would be ashamed. The men who would glory over the
expulsion of Union soldiers from the street cars, knock down colored men from
mere wantonness, and beat clergymen who object to such brutality, are so far
below the level of well-behaved brutes that it is doubtful if they could find
common street cars to acknowledge them as masters.
The temperate conduct of the colored people, in spite of these extreme provocations,
deserves the highest praise. Without yielding to injustice, they endure it,
strong in the faith that the right must triumph. But we warn the persons who
wrong them that Philadelphia will not bear these insults much longer. For the
sake of her reputation we demand that these men, who treat free citizens as
slaves, should be taught that the spirit of slavery is banished from the North.