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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
			
74          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
from the time we first went to Salisbury, and
prepared to return home.
  It was here that I first saw a complete railroad
and a locomotive with a train of cars. My fel-
low-slave, on hearing the whistle of the locomo-
tive for the first time, was very much frightened,
and jumped over the log he was hewing, with the
exclamation, "Good God! what is that?" and
started to run. I stopped him, and, explaining to
him what the loud, shrill shriek meant, quieted
his fears. We both went to the depot and exam-
ined the locomotive and cars with great curiosity
and interest.
  James Wilson, being still weak with his late
sickness, was compelled to ride in the wagon he
had brought from home, and I rode his saddle-
horse. On the way, Wilson informed me that I
was to attend the grocery at Salisbury, and that
he expected me to make money out of the con-
cern. My very soul revolted at the bare idea of
being a whisky-vender, and my immediate deter-
mination was not to be one. My mind was made
up to "take to the woods" on the first favorable
opportunity. I said nothing, however, but kept
my own counsel.
  We traveled slowly, by reason of the master's
sickness; and when we stopped for the night I
found that the saddle I had been riding had hurt




			
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