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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Friday, January 20, 2012

Colonial Maryland Slave Laws 33-36: Bacon's Laws of Maryland

33.  Free Mulatto Women, and their Bastard issue, shall be subject to the same Penalties as White Women and their Issue are, for having Mulatto Bastards, by the Act of 1715, ch. 44.  (See above, Art. 3 and 4.) Free Negro Women, having Bastards by White Men, and their Issue, shall be subject to the same Penalties; and the Proceedings hereon shall be the same as prescribed in that Act.  1728, ch. 4.

    34.  Any Negro, or other Slave, convict of Petit-Treason, Murder, or wilfully burning of Dwelling-houses, shall have Judgment to have the Right Hand cut off, to be hanged, quartered, and the Head and Quarters set up in the most public Places of the County.
1729, ch. 4, §. 1.

    35.  Persons stealing any Negro, or other Slave, or who shall counsel, hire, aid, or abet, or command any Person to commit the same, or who shall be accessory to the said Offence; on Conviction, Outlawry, standing Mute, or peremptorily Challenging above Twenty, shall suffer Death without Benefit of Clergy.  1737,
ch. 2§. 4.

36.  The full Value to be adjudged by the Court, of any condemned Slave, who shall either be actually executed, or die after Condemnation, under Confinement in Order for Execution, shall be paid to the Owner by the Public Treasurer, without any Fee or Reward, out of the Public Stock, on Certificate from the Sheriff of such Execution or Death.  Ibid.  §. 5, 6.

Bacon's Laws of Maryland . Vol 75 page 690 - 691. Maryland Archives

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