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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
			
 26           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
a runaway returned to his master was that he
"had come out of the woods;" that is, he had
left his hiding place in the woods and returned
to the plantation to work.
  When I heard that uncle Ben had come out
of the woods, and was coming to live on our
plantation, my  joy knew  no bounds.  On the
day when he was expected to arrive I got per-
mission to go out on the road some distance
and meet them. Early in the morning I caught
a horse and started. Every wagon I met filled
me with hope and fear blended; hope that the
wagon contained my uncle and aunt, and fear
that it did not. I rode on, on, on, all that
day, until my heart was sick with hope defer-
red. I had received orders before starting that
if I did not meet them that day to return
home. But I was so far from home, and with
straining my eyes to catch a glimpse of my
uncle, added to my keen disappointment in not
seeing them, made me feel tired, sick, and
worn out. So I stopped at a friendly cabin
that night, after telling the inmates who I was
and what my errand was.    Early  the  next
morning I was out, and the anxiety to see my
uncle was so great I thought I would ride out
the road a short distance in the hope of meet-
ing him, notwithstanding my orders to return




			
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