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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.           29
tanically determined. Precautious preparations
were made by Wilson to insure success in his
revengeful scheme, and after having obtained
the aid of several neighbors who were what
might be called professional slave-whippers, he
deemed his undertaking to punish and conquer
Ben fully ripe for execution. Ben being a field
hand was busily employed picking cotton, with
a prayerful heart, and a watchful eye on Wil-
son. From Wilson's actions Ben was sure
something was going to occur which would
nearly concern him, and having been hunted
like a beast he had become suspicious and on
his guard all the time. Having a feeling of
presentiment, he was uneasy, and, as was usual
with him, he kneeled down and asked God to
protect him from the machinations of his en-
emies, and give him heart, courage, and strength
to overcome the evil intended him. While
praying he was startled by the snort of a horse,
and on looking around to ascertain the cause
of the noise he discovered himself almost sur-
rounded by armed men on horseback.  No time
to think now; the time for action had arrived.
Ben knew at once the flight was for life. Bet-
ter, however, was death than to be thus hunted
and harassed.  Bounding through the field he
gained a friendly covert, and seemingly by




			
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