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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.             99
  On my way I had to pass through innumerable
thickets of underbrush and briers, and by reason
thereof I tore my already much-worn clothes
almost into shreds, and lacerated my flesh
severely, especially on my arms and legs. I ar-
rived in the swamp, however, without being fol-
lowed by the dogs, and while proceeding slowly
and dejectedly along, my steps were suddenly
stopped by a fierce and loud growl. I was fright-
ened, to be sure, yet I knew scarcely what to do.
The growl proceeded from a bear, I felt fully as-
sured, for bears roamed through the hills and
swamps of Mississippi. But with presence of
mind I retreated slowly from the presence of Mr.
and Mrs. Bruin, and not being followed by the
bears my fears on that score were removed.
  About this time it began to rain; and the night
was one of those black, foreboding nights that
novelists love so well to depict in their descrip-
tions of storms. The lightning flashed with a
vividness that lighted up the dismal swamps with
a wierd and horrible brightness; the thunder rolled
peal upon peal, making to me a pandemonium,
real and feeling; the pitiless rain pelted me un-
mercifully and constantly, with that persistence
that made it almost unendurable to me. I sat
down at the root of a large tree, not to shelter
myself from the rain but to protect myself from




			
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