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A BLACK JOB.

“ No doubt the pleasure is as great,
Of being cheated as to cheat.”

HUDIBRAS.

The history of human-kind to trace
Since Eve—the first of dupes—our doom un-

riddled,
A certain portion of the human race

Has certainly a taste for being diddled.

Witness the famous Mississippi dreams !

A rage that time seems only to redoubleThe Banks, Joint-Stocks, and all the flimsy

schemes,

For rolling in Pactolian streams,
That cost our modern rogues so little trouble.
No matter what,—to pasture cows on stubble,

To twist sea-sand into a solid rope,
To make French bricks and fancy bread of rubble,
Or light with gas the whole celestial cope-

Only propose to blow a bubble, And Lord! what hundreds will subscribe for soap !

Soap! it reminds me of a little tale,

Tho' not a pig's, the hawbuck’s glory, When rustic games and merriment prevail

But here's my story : VOL. II.

20

Once on a time—no matter when-
A knot of very charitable men
Set up a Philanthropical Society,

Professing on a certain plan,

To benefit the race of man,
And in particular that dark variety,
Which some suppose inferior—as in vermin,

The sable is to ermine,
As smut to flour, as coal to alabaster,

As crows to swans, as soot«to driven snow,
As blacking, or as ink to “milk below,"

Or yet, a better simile to show,
As ragman's dolls to images in plaster!

However, as is usual in our city,
They had a sort of managing Committee,

A board of grave, responsible Directors—
A Secretary, good at pen and ink-
A Treasurer, of course, to keep the chink,

And quite an army of Collectors !
Not merely male, but female duns,

Young, old, and middle-aged-of all degreesWith many of those persevering ones,

Who mite by mite would beg a cheese! And what might be their aim ?

To rescue Afric's sable sons from fetters— To save their bodies from the burning shame

Of branding with hot lettersTheir shoulders from the cowhide's bloody strokes,

Their necks from iron yokes?

To end or mitigate the ills of slavery,
The Planter's avarice, the Driver's knavery?
To school the heathen negroes and enlighten 'em,

To polish up and brighten 'em,
And make them worthy of eternal bliss ?
Why, no—the simple end and aim was this,
Reading a well-known proverb much amiss-

To wash and whiten 'em !

They look'd so ugly in their sable hides ;

So dark, so dingy, like a grubby lot
Of sooty sweeps, or colliers, and besides,

However the poor elves

Might wash themselves,
Nobody knew if they were clean or not-

On Nature's fairness they were quite a blot!
Not to forget more serious complaints
That even while they join'd in pious hymn,

So black they were and grim,

In face and limb,
They look'd like Devils, tho’they sang like Saints !

The thing was undeniable !
They wanted washing ! not that slight ablution
To which the skin of the White man is liable,
Merely removing transient pollution-
But good, hard, honest, energetic rubbing

And scrubbing,
Sousing each sooty frame from heels to head

With stiff, strong saponaceous lather,

And pails of water-hottish rather, But not so boiling as to turn 'em red !

So spoke the philanthropic man
Who laid and hatch’d, and nursed the plan-
And oh! to view its glorious consummation !

The brooms and mops,

The tubs and slops,
The baths and brushes in full operation !
To see each Crow, or Jim, or John,
Go in a raven and come out a swan!

While fair as Cavendishes, Vanes, and Russels,
Black Venus rises from the soapy surge,
And all the little Niggerlings emerge

As lily-white as mussels.

Sweet was the vision—but alas !

However in prospectus bright and sunny, To bring such visionary scenes to pass

One thing was requisite, and that was—money! Money, that pays the laundress and her bills, For socks, and collars, shirts, and frills, Cravats and kerchiefs—money, without which The negroes must remain as dark as pitch ;

A thing to make all Christians sad and shivery, To think of millions of immortal souls Dwelling in bodies black as coals,

And living--so to speak-in Satan's livery!

Money—the root of evil—dross and stuff!

But oh! how happy ought the rich to feel, Whose means enabled them to give enough

To blanch an African from head to heel!

How blessed—yea thrice blessed—to subscribe

Enough to scour a tribe! While he whose fortune was at best a brittle one, . Although he gave but pence, how sweet to know He help'd to bleach'a Hottentot's great toe,

Or little one!,

Moved by this logic, or appalld,

To persons of a certain turn so proper, The money came when call’d · In silver, gold, and copper, Presents from “ friends to blacks," or foes to whites, “ Trifles,” and “offerings,” and “ widow's mites," Plump legacies, and yearly benefactions,

With other gifts

And charitable lifts,
Printed in lists and quarterly transactions.
As thus—Elisha Brettel,

An iron kettle.
The Dowager Lady Scannel,
A piece of flannel.
Rebecca Pope,
A bar of soap,
The Misses Howels,
Half-a-dozen towels.
The Master Rush's
Two scrubbing-brushes
Mr. Groom,
A stable broom,
And Mrs. Grubb,

A tub.

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