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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
			
 30           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
mere chance he eluded his pursuers and the
hounds. Ben thanked God for his deliverance.
Wilson with his heartless band were again baf-
fled, and with man-hunting and disappointments
in his  man-chase he became furious.   Ben
stayed in the woods about four weeks, and dur-
ing all this time my sisters, Ben's wife, and
myself were kept in close confinement, to keep
us from communicating with Ben or rendering
him any assistance.  Thus all of us had to suf-
fer. But we were only slaves.
  Wilson finally took Ben's wife to a man in
Oxford, about twenty-five miles distant, and
came back circulating the word among  the
blacks that he had sold her. Wilson had made
arrangements at Oxford with some professional
slave-hunters to catch Ben if he ever came to
see his wife, for which purpose she had been
taken there.
  After a time Ben was informed that he and
his wife had been sold by Wilson to a man in
Oxford, and of course believing such to be the
fact, he went there to see her, and make ar-
rangements for the future. His wife was told
by the man with whom Wilson had left her
that he had bought both her and Ben,  and
wished her to get Ben to "come out of the
woods." Laboring under this delusion, Ben was
trapped while in bed for the first time in a




			
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