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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, March 14, 1974 Footnote to a kidnapping Cinque has a place in slave history By FRANCOIS BERTIN NEW YORK (NBA) One of the many mysteries connected with the Patricia Hearst kidnapping is the choice of the name "Cinque" by the spokesman and "General Field Marshal" of the Symbion'ese Liberation Army, Miss Hearst's presumed abductors. This name has surely been checked in all available listings throughout the nation, and probably not found (except as a vanent of "five" in for Cinque is the Anglicized form of the African name Singe-pieh. Cinque should present no problem to history buffs. It was the name of the African slave who, in 1839, led the only successful slave revolt on the high seas and who was later captured with his companions at Montauk Point, Long Island His subsequent incarceration and trials involved, among others, the Spanish government, the U.S. State Department, the Supreme Court, two U.S. presidents, Yale University and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cinque's exploit caused such an uproar among New England abolitionists and Southern slaveholders that it may be said that it considerably contributed to the coming Civil War. What happened would make a good movie scenario. Cinque, along with numerous other Mende tribal members, including children, had been "acquired" in Sierra Leone. Africa, and shipped to Cuba amid the usual deplorable conditions of the Middle Passage. They were intercepted en route by a Panasonic 8-track stereo tape deck 14995 Look at our selection of "Pinwheel" lead crystal! 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Second floor 3uy Line 328-8811. Shop Eaton's tonighJ (Thursday) until 9 and Friday to 9. Use Your Eaton Account. Credit Terms Available. British man of war and escorted back to Africa. Subsequently, the Portuguese shipped them out on still another slaver to Havana, where they were sold and then shipped on aboard the Spanish bark Amistad to Puerto Principe, Cuba Convinced by a Mende- speaking cook that all were going to be killed, Cinque opened the slaves shackles with a nail, found some machets in the hold and took over the Amistad, killing two of the slavers and saving the others to pilot the vessel back to Africa. The Spanish-Cuban pilots, however, sailed slowly east by day, while the ex-slaves were watching them, but sailed west every night, hoping to get back to Cuba or to one of the slaveholding American states. This erratic course ended on the north side of Montauk Point, on an August morning of 1839, when Cinque's land-foraging parties ran into bird hunters and a U S. Coast Guard patrol. During the capture of the Amistad, Cinque, before he was apprehended, jumped overboard and attempted escape by swimming underwater. While in the process he abandoned a necklace composed of hundreds of gold coins, a treasure still awaiting retrieval by Long Island scuba divers. Cinque and the survivors from the Amistad were taken as prisoners to New London and subsequently to New Haven for trial Soon the Spanish government was clamoring for the return of its property But the New England abolitionists, including ex- President John Quincy Adams. Emerson. William Lloyd Garrison and many others formed a "Committee for the Defense of the Africans of the Amistad" and were immediately denounced by the Southern slave interests for interference with legal process. (During the New Haven trials, the jail officials charged admission for the public to observe the prisoners and Cinque was singled out as "possessing the true elements of heroism." Although President Martin Van Buren was now under pressure from both sides as well as the Spanish government, he decided not to issue an executive order for the return of the slaves. In the winter of 1839, the presiding judge ruled that Cinque and his group should be returned to Africa. The case was then appealed to the Supreme Court During the trial John Quincy Adams offered "a "few remarks" words) which may have contributed to the decision in 1841 that the former salves were to "be considered as free-born human beings" (and) "be discharged at once." In January. 1842. the now English-speaking but still somewhat bewildered Amistad captives were returned, (largely through funds from personal appearance to Sierra Leone, with the understanding that they would help to establish a religious mission there. And Cinque? He event- ually tired of mission life and reports received from the interior indicated that he himself had taken to dealing in slaves. Montreal first city of world? OTTAWA Mayor -lean Drapeau is determined to have the headquarters of the United Nations established in Montreal under his long range plans for making thai metropolis the first city of the world within 15 years. Federal cabinet ministers have been already alerted to Jhe ambitious mayor's determination to get the UN moved from New York to Montreal and are aware that once again he will be approaching Ottawa for federal help to bring about his grandiose plans "He thinks big, you can't him for one minis- ter commented when asked for his reaction Wcdnesdav Mayor Drapeau is a man ac- customed to accepting seemingly impossible hurdles in his stride Suggestions that Russia would oppose his grand plan insofar as it involves the UN won't phase him in the slightest ;