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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
			
102         BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
amount to my master in extra labor and extra
punishment. To avoid this was now my object.
At night I left the swamp and went to the road,
intending to travel home that night--thinking I
was not more than ten or twelve miles away from
there. I was uncertain which way to go; but I
finally started off on the road, hoping that I was
going in the direction of Thompson's. The rain
was pattering down; but I traveled briskly all
that night, and about day-break I came to a plan-
tation. I entered one of the slave-cabins and told
the inmates I was lost, hungry, and tired, and
asked them for something to eat. One of the col-
ored men spoke to a woman who appeared to be
his wife, and told her to get me something to eat,
and that he would go and get some pine to put on
the fire. His actions, and the manner in which he
spoke, aroused my suspicions, and being fearful
that he intended to betray me, I left the cabin
directly after he did, and sought an asylum in the
woods, where I stayed during that day. Thus
"the wicked flee when no one pursueth."
  At night I found the same road I had traveled
the day before, and started again to try and get
to Thompson's.  I knew that I was wrong, and
that I was traveling away from instead of toward
Thompson's; therefore I concluded to make in-
quiries at the first opportunity. After traveling




			
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