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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.            25
Bidding his wife farewell, Ben hastened back
to one of a number of his hiding-places, there
to stay through the day, unless routed out by
the blood-hounds. He was fortunate, however,
in the help of God, for his safety, and the ef-
forts of the hounds and the hounds' followers
were futile.
  Finally, Wilson gave up chasing Ben with
blood-hounds, and resolved to try a better and
more human method. He bought Ben's wife
and left her with Strucker, with instructions to
send her and Ben to his plantation if Ben was
willing for the  arrangement.    Ben  soon  got
word of how matters stood with reference to
himself, and concluded if he could live with
his wife on the same plantation that it was
the very best he could do, so he acceded to the
wishes of Wilson, and was sent with his wife
to Wilson.
  The happiness of this couple was unbounded
when they found they could once more  live
together as God intended they should, and the
poor wife in her great gratitude cried, "God is
on our side!"  Ben replied that he had told
her on one occasion that God was on their
side, and that "the darkest hour was just be-
fore day."
  The usual expression used by the blacks when




			
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