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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.            83
afraid some white person would see me, therefore
I avoided every one,-not being able to distin-
guish, in the dark, a white from a black person.
However, about daylight I met a colored boy, who
procured some food for me and directed me to a
cotton-pen close by, where I could hide and sleep
during the day.    When night came -it was
Thursday night-I crawled out of the pen and
started for another night's walk. I made very
good time that night, and walked to within nine
miles of Memphis. I was afraid to go on into
Memphis in the day-time, consequently I slept in
the woods that day without anything to eat, my
supply of food being exhausted.
  I was very much exhausted, and suffered greatly
from hunger.  When night came I started again.
After proceeding on my way about two miles
I came to the village of Mt. Pleasant, where
I thought to obtain something to eat. I had
passed nearly through the village without seeing
any one; but finally I saw a man who I mistook
for a colored man. I accosted him, when, to my
chagrin and disappointment, he was a white man.
I felt that I had already betrayed myself; and
through my fright and want of steadiness I was
again in bonds.
  The man asked me numerous and various ques-
tions, as to where I came from, where I was going,
who I belonged to, etc.




			
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