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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
			

         LIFE OF CHARLES A. GARLICK.               3

where I was assisted to elude my pursuers and sent
ahead when safety was assured. Just one week's
time was consumed in reaching Uniontown, where
agents of the underground railroad at the ferry in
Greensburg instructed me to go. There I lay con-
cealed in the haymow of a zealous friend of my race,
who provided me with food until an opportunity of-
fered three days later for me to continue my journey.
Just after dark, I mounted a fleet horse, which my
host had provided, and under a strong escort I
reached the National road. Accompanied by a
faithful mounted guard I rode rapidly towards
Pittsburg, which I reached the following night.
Leaving my friend to return with the horses, I has-
tened forward on foot some seven miles, to the
smoky city.
  J. B. Vashong and Thomas McKeever, father of the
late Mrs. Thos. Guy, then kept a regular station on the
underground and here I found refuge for three days.
He was a gentleman of wealth, and hundreds of my
race have cause to bless his memory for the generous
aid accorded them in their efforts  to find  freedom.
Samuel Marshall, Butler Co., some fifteen miles awav
kept another station and I next journeyed there un-
der his guidance and remained for a week at his
house resting. Then I was sent to a relative of his,
John Rainbow, at New Castle, where I found refuge
at Rev. Bushnell's, who had a brother in Cherry Val-
ley. Next I tramped to Amos Chews, in Brookfield,
			
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