But shortly after the start of the Civil War, federal authorities cracked down on Southern-sympathizing papers in the North, and in Baltimore particularly. Unlike some of his competitors, Sun owner A.S. Abell was never jailed, but he nonetheless held his tongue, saying nothing good or bad about the president for years. The paper made no comment whatsoever on the Emancipation Proclamation, for example, but merely reprinted it and followed up a day later with a brief explanation of how many slaves would be affected by it. Nor did the paper have anything to say about Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Before the vote on Maryland's constitution of 1864, which abolished slavery and declared federal supremacy over the states, The Sun merely opined that the election "was an important one." Of Lincoln's second inaugural address, one of the greatest pieces of presidential oratory, The Sun declared it too brief to warrant comment.