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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.             95
was reluctant, but was commanded two or three
times to take hold of Jack and hold him. Jack
told him not to approach him at the peril of his
life; but not heeding Jack's warning he made the
effort to tie Jack, when he was stabbed to the
heart with a knife in Jack's hand, and expired
almost instantly. Jack made his escape for a
short time, but was captured and immediately
hanged without a trial or an opportunity to make
any defense. Jack was captured in a corn-crib
on Wilson's plantation, which made Thompson
suppose the murder had been committed there.
  This recital, which was made in substance to
Hines by my master, cowed the overseer consider-
ably, and a house-servant who was present during
the conversation afterwards told me that Hines'
face turned white as a sheet, and he trembled like
a leaf.
  My master knew his overseer was a coward, and
that if he could work upon his fears by supposing
me to be too high-spirited to stand a whipping,
he would probably save me from Hines' malice,
and keep the overseer to his work. Good over-
seers were hard to get in the South. An intelli-
gent Christian man would not have such a posi-
tion under any circumstances, and the very best of
the "poor white trash" who would, were unre-
liable and brutish; therefore Mr. Thompson had




			
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