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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.             43
livery-stable, and that I must come to his
plantation without delay. When I arrived I
was informed that instead of going to Pontotoc
I should go to the railroad then building
through Mississippi, and work for Mr. Lead-
bitter. I expostulated with my master, and
urged him, with all the pleas and arguments
at my command, to allow me to remain on the
plantation or go to Pontotoc, but to no avail.
He whipped out his six-shooter, raving and
swearing, and bade me mount one of two mules
instanter or he would shoot me on the spot.
I mounted the mule.
  My reasons for not wanting to go to the rail-
road to work were good. There was plenty to
do on the plantation, and there was  no good
cause for sending  me away.   I feared rough
usage at the railroad, and rougher associations.
I had by this time become the religious teacher
of all the well-disposed slaves in the neighbor-
hood, and I was so much interested in my labors
that I deemed my  great Master's work of too
much importance to be driven away from it
without a struggle.  I was no coward, and was
always ready to stand out to the end against all
opposition, when my duty as a humble follower
of Jesus was in question.   Therefore my  re-
luctance to be driven from my place of useful-




			
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