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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
			
24           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
were intended for Ben, her husband. With no
crime laid to him, he was hunted down as a
wild beast.  Made in God's own image, he is
made a slave, a brute, an outcast, and an out-
law because his skin is black. Thus they met,
Ben and his wife. After the usual precautions
and mutual congratulations they both kneeled
before the throne of God and thanked him
for their preservation thus far, and throwing
themselves upon his goodness and bounty, asked
help in their need and safety in the future.
Without rising from his knees, Ben, even in
the anguish of his heart, consoled his wife, re-
marking, "that the darkest hour is always just
before daylight."
  The blacks of the South have their own pe-
culiar moral maxims, applicable to all situations
in life, and the slaves not knowing how to read
committed  such Bible truths as were read to
them from time to time.     It is true they were
generally superstitious in a great degree, as all
ignorant persons are; yet their native sense of
right led them to adopt the best and most  re-
ligious principles, dressed in homely "sayings,"
their circumstances permitted.
  Ben dare not stay very long at a time in his
wife's cabin, as a strict watch was constantly
kept, that the runaway might be apprehended.




			
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