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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.            77
aroused to a sense of my condition one day by
reading a hand-bill which was posted on a tree on
the road close to Mr. Dansley's house, of which
the following is a copy:
     "ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD!"
 "Charles, a slave, has disappeared from the plantation of
the undersigned, in Pontotoc County. The above reward
will be given for his apprehension and return to me alive.
                                "JAMES WILSON."

  This settled the matter. The reward was soon
known over the whole country, and every slave-
hunter was on the chase to gain the reward. I
"laid close" and waited to escape from that part
of the country, so that I might not compromise
Mr. Dansley.  He was already under surveillance
by slave-owners, and was in danger of being
driven from the country; in fact, threats of lynch-
ing had been made against him.
  The last day I was there I lay hid in some cot-
ton-pens, close to the house, when two men came
on the hunt of me. They had their blood-hounds
with them, and demanded permission of Dansley
to search his house. The permission was granted,
when the men began the search. I could see and
hear all that was going on, and trembled for my
safety. I put myself on the mercy of the Al-
mighty and resigned myself entirely into his
hands. The search was made all over the prem-




			
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