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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
			
 80           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
sons were on the lookout for me. The colored
man seemed to have a suspicion that I was a run-
away, and was disposed to aid me all in his power.
To keep out of the way of slave-hunters was my
object, and I knew that the contemplated visit to
Uncle Ben was fraught with too much danger to
be further thought of.
  Fearful that the negro would betray me, yet
feeling somewhat safe for the present, I sat down
to think and rest myself. I knew that if I was
caught Wilson would flay me, as he had threat-
ened to do, for making his saddle-horse's back
sore, but that if I could once get through to
Memphis I would be enabled, through the assist-
ance of friends, to make my way North.  Yet I
wanted to see Uncle Ben again, and tried to hit
upon some plan to accomplish that object; but
I failed, and started on the road again.
  After traveling a short time I came to a house
by the road-side. The kitchen stood about twenty
yards from the main building, and had a window
in the back part of it. I was very hungry, and
debated in my mind as to the manner in which I
should proceed to obtain food. To ask for it was
too risky, and I was fearful that if I was seen by
any of the persons about the house I would be
apprehended and put in the nearest jail as a run-
away. Looking in at the window I saw a colored




			
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