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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
			
            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.            23
for life and liberty was only one of a continued
series, and was repeated as often as blood-
hounds could find a track to follow. At night
Ben was very much fatigued and hungry, and
his only hope of getting anything to eat was
to  reach his wife's cabin.  How  to do  this
without being observed, was the question. As
well as he was able, about midnight he  left
his retreat and approached the cabin.  It was
too dark to see a signal if one had been placed
for him in the usual manner. After waiting
for some time a bright light shot through the
cracks in the cabin for an instant, and  was
repeated at intervals of two or three minutes,
three or four times. This was the night-signal
of "all right" agreed upon between uncle Ben
and his wife, and was made by placing the
usual grease light under a vessel and raising
the vessel  for a  moment  at intervals.     Ben
approached the cabin and gave his signal by
rapping on the door three times, and after a
short pause three more raps. Thus they had to
arrange to meet;  the husband to obtain food
to sustain life, and the wife to administer to
him.   On this particular night their meeting
was unusually impressive. She had heard the
death-hounds, the sound of the gun-shot, and
she knew the yelps of the hounds and the shot




			
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