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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.          103
three or four miles I came to a cabin in which
there was a light shining through the cracks
between the logs. Approaching the cabin, I in-
tended to enter; but being enabled to see the in-
mates through the cracks I discovered three
white men sitting around the fire, so I turned to
leave. As I was passing the corner of the cabin
a colored woman came to the door for some
purpose, and saw me. She jumped back into the
cabin, at the same time exclaiming, "Here's a
runaway nigger!"
  I immediately ran for the road; but a dog-not
a blood-hound-followed me, and while getting
over the fence between the cabin and the road
he caught me by the breeches leg. I shook him
off and ran for the woods.
  The white men were slave-hunters, and were
after me particularly as I learned afterwards.
They followed me closely by the sound of the
crackling of brush, and put the dogs they had with
them on my track. These dogs, fortunately for
me, were in the cabin at the time I approached it.
As soon as I heard the first yelp of a blood-hound
I "smutted" my shoe-soles, and soon threw them
off the scent.  The white men followed me about
three or four miles. Finally, finding I would
not get away from them by running, I stopped,
and making my way into a dense thicket of




			
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