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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].

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Colonial Maryland Slave Laws 37- 41: Bacon's Laws of Maryland

  37.  Slaves convicted of consulting, advising, conspiring, or attempting to raise any Insurrection, or to murder or poison any Person, or to commit a Rape upon any White Woman, or to burn any House; or who shall stand Mute, or peremptorily Challenge above Twenty Jurors, shall suffer Death without Benefit of Clergy.  1751, ch. 14, §. 2.

    38.  Slaves convict of attempting to burn any Dwelling-house or Out-house contiguous to, or used with
any Dwelling-house, or other House wherein shall be any Person, Goods, Tobacco, Grain or Fodder, shall
suffer Death without Benefit of Clergy.  Ibid.  §. 3.

    39.  Slaves committing any Felony punishable by Death, shall be committed to the Sheriff of the County,
and tried at the next Assizes or County Court which shall first happen; which Court is impowered,
on Confession, or Conviction of the Offender, on the Testimony of one legal Witness, or even of other
Slaves corroborated with such pregnant Circumstances, 
as shall satisfy the Jury of the Guilt of such Slaves,
to give Judgment.  Ibid.  §. 4.

 40.  Slaves convict of giving false Testimony against other Slaves on such Prosecutions, shall have one Ear
cut off, and receive Thirty-nine Stripes, on the Day of Conviction; and the other Ear to be cut off, and
the like Number of Stripes given the Offender, on t he Day following.  Ibid.  §. 5.

    41.  Slaves produced as Witnesses on such Occasions, shall be admonished to declare the Truth, &c. and acquainted
with the Danger of false Swearing, &c. by the Court.  Ibid.  §. 6.

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

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