Spirit of the Times
New York: 17 December 1859

  JOHN BROWN ON THE STAGE.—The "Octoroon," at Bourcicault's Winter Garden, is a thoroughly anti-slavery play, and will seriously interfere with the success of the Union-Saving demonstration. It abounds in scenes which, however artfully contrived for the purpose of concealing the more repulsive characteristics of slavery, bring out its necessary evils, such as the slave-auction, the severance of families, and the cruel operation of the prejudice against color, more effectively even than the play of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

  It contains, too, an amount of revolutionary sentiment which merits the especial attention of our political quietists. Of what use will be a meeting of those patriotic gentlemen to uphold the supremacy of law over the instincts of humanity, when crowds nightly throng, and will continue to throng, the display of the chain-gang and the slave auction? Of what use to pass resolutions against John Brown and servile insurrection, when audiences nightly applaud a slave-girl for exclaiming, "I go to a land where there is no law, only justice?" Is there not "mutiny and rage" here?

N. Y. Evening Post.