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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
22           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
an appointed signal, she would let him in and
give him such food and care as his condition
required. The slaves of the South were united
in the one particular of helping each other in
such cases as this, and would adopt ingenious
telegrams and signals to communicate with each
other; and it may well be believed that the
inventive genius of the blacks was, as a general
thing, equal to all emergencies, and when driven
to extremities they were brave to a fault.  Ben's
wife, in this instance, used the simple device
of hanging a certain garment in a particular
spot, easily to be seen from Ben's covert, and
which denoted that the coast was clear and
no danger need be apprehended. The garment
and the place of hanging it had to be changed
every day, yet the signals thus made were true to
the purpose, and saved uncle Ben from capture.
Uncle Ben  was closely chased by the hounds
and inhuman  men-hunters;  on  one  occasion
so closely that he plunged into a stream and
followed the current for more than a mile.
Taking to the water threw the hounds off the
scent of the track. Before reaching the stream,
uncle Ben was so closely pursued that one of
the men in the gang shot at him, the bullet
passing unpleasantly close to him.  His wife
heard the hounds and the gun-shot.  This race




			
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