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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.            47
hounds whining.  That was sufficient to inform
me that I was trapped. What to do I did not
know, but went to the door with the intention
of making my escape, if possible, when I was
met by James Wilson and five other persons
fully armed. Resistance was useless, the hounds
would have caught me before I could have run
a hundred yards, even if I could have escaped
the bullets.  I surrendered, and  was  securely
tied by James Wilson and his gang and taken
back to the plantation. Dire threats were made
against me, but my mistress, James' mother, sav-
ed me again. She informed her son that "Charles
belonged to her; that Charles' mother had placed
him, under the care of God, in her custody, and
that she did not intend to have him beaten."
  James insisted on "breaking" me, as he
termed it, and finally prevailed on his mother,
with promises, that if she would let him deal
with me he would "break" me without whip-
ping me. She consented. James came to the
cabin where I was tied and chained, and told
me that he did not desire to whip me, but that
if I did not go to the railroad to work every
slave on the plantation would become demoral-
ized, and they would all do as they pleased.
His words and manner were very kind and
conciliatory, yet I took them for what they




			
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