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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.           81
woman; and on a table a meal was prepared,
which, it seemed, was being held in readiness for
the arrival of some one. I waited patiently,
hoping the colored woman would leave the
kitchen for some purpose; but she sat quietly
waiting.
  After awhile the master and mistress arrived, it
seems, from a visit. Shortly the mistress of the
house came in and ordered the supper. For-
tunately for me the supper was to be carried
into the "big house," and the cook, taking her
hands full of things, left the kitchen and went
into the house. I immediately sprung through
the window, promiscuously emptied the meat and
bread into my sack, and left the kitchen the
same way before the return of the cook, just in
time to escape detection.
  I crouched in the shade of the cabin fearing to
move, when I heard the cook exclaim:
  "Good gracious! some one hab tuk and turned
in an' tuk all de bread an' meat."
  Her cries brought the household to the kitchen,
and during the racket I made my escape to the
road and a more peaceful neighborhood. I walked
briskly for a couple of miles, when I stopped and
satisfied my ravenous hunger.
  This was my first theft of something to eat.
Before this I had been fortunate enough to obtain




			
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