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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
			
72          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
in the North.  A grocery in the South is a place
where whisky and other intoxicating beverages
are sold, and, as a general thing, at these places
the planters and others congregate to drink,
carouse, gamble, quarrel, and fight. This was
the kind of grocery James Wilson was going to
start in Saulsbury, and the thought of aiding
even under protest and unwillingly in the estab-
lishment of one of these hells caused me much
anxiety.  I made every effort to get relieved from
this odious work, but without avail.
  We immediately began the erection of the
grocery-building, on our arrival at Saulsbury, and
made good progress for a while. The boards we
used in the building had to be sawed by us two
slaves with a whipsaw. We dug a deep trench
in the ground, and laid the log to be sawed into
boards lengthwise over the trench, and one of us
would stand in the trench under the log and the
other on top of the log. In this way we worked,
day after day, until we had a sufficient number
of boards to accommodate our wants.
  The Almighty, it seemed to me, interfered with
our work. James Wilson was taken down very
sick in the midst of our efforts to create this
additional devil's den, and was totally unable
to leave his bed. I had to take care of him, and
the work on the grocery-house was necessarily




			
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