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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
			
 98           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
the next morning, so that I could take an early
start in the night and travel behind my pursuers
instead of before them. My wife knew of my
hiding-place, and when night came she sought me
and reported what had been done for my capture.
  Hines seemed, she said, to be more cheerful than
usual in the morning when he found I was gone,
and hastened to report the good news, as he
thought, to Mr. Thompson. After some conversa-
tion between them it was determined by my mas-
ter to obtain the services of a professional slave-
hunter, and follow me with hounds. The slave-
hunter was sent for and came with his pack of
dogs that same day about noon. The hunt was
immediately begun, and the country was then
being scoured in all directions for my tracks.
  This information put me on my guard, and gave
me time to consider what direction I had better
take in my flight. I had provide myself a prep-
aration  called "smut"  among  the  negroes,
which, when spread thinly on the soles of the
shoes or feet, destroyed that peculiar scent by
which blood-hounds are enabled to follow the
trail of a man or a beast. After bidding my wife
farewell I smeared my shoes with "smut" and
started in the direction of the hills, beyond which
was a large swamp, the refuge of many a poor
runaway.




			
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