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Life, Including His Escape and Struggle for Liberty, of Charles A. Garlick, Born a Slave in Old Virginia, Who Secured his Freedom by Running Away from his Master's Farm in 1843
			

2        LIFE OF CHARLES A. GARLICK.

visit Fairmount, the county seat, ten miles away, to
probate the will. I had little confidence that I would
secure the freedom I sought through the provisions
of the will, and found subsequently that I was right,
for the will was contested.
  It was Saturday when mother, five of the smaller
children and myself left the old plantation which
had been our home, and traveled northward a dis-
tance of fifteen miles, reaching William Hefflin, an old
neighbor's hospitable home not far from midnight.
He took us in and after we had eaten he gave us a
loaf of bread.  We then left at once for more secure
quarters in a dense wood, where we found refuge on
the summit of a huge rock, which we reached by
climbing a moss-covered log or tree trunk leaning
against it. There we remained until the following
Monday morning, I keeping watch and seeing those
who were in pursuit of us return, footsore and weary
to the plantation. Uncle Elijah Bogguess and Tom
McIntyre found our retreat, Sunday night, and com-
ing to us, advised mother to return with the children
as the will would probably stand. I was advised to
continue my search for freedom, and before dawn I
bade mother and the children goodbye, and started
on the long and dangerous trip for that haven where
slavery was unknown.
  The underground railroad was brought into use
wherever practicable, there being occasional stations




			
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