Cruel Treatment of Coolies

The callao correspondent of the Panama Star announces the recent arrival there of a vessel having on board about six hundred coolies, who have engaged to labor for eight years at the rate of five dollars a month. They are sold at suction for this term of years at that of four hundred to four hundred and fifty dollars. In many cases, they are put under the direction of negroes as soverseers, and too often treated with great cruelty. No attention is paid by the authorities to their complaints, and a band of fifty who escapted from their masters were sent back to chains and punishment.  (Liberator , March 29, 1861, pg 3)