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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
			
104         BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
briers I sat down. The white men stopped a
short distance from me and listened, I suppose,
for the sound of brush cracking. After waiting
a short time one of them started off in the direc-
tion they had come, leaving the others still wait-
ing,--using this ruse in order to throw me off my
guard, so as to enable the remaining ones to ascer-
tain where I was by the noise I would make in
walking. I was too close to them; and from the
noise I heard from where they were standing I
knew they had a dog with them, and that they
were only waiting for me to move to begin the
chase again. I sat perfectly quiet, and waited
patiently for the remaining whites and the dog to
leave. After a time the men began to move about
through the brush, coming still closer to me. I
heard them talking, when one of them said, "We
ought to catch the nigger if we have to run him all
night."  "No," said the other, "we should let him
alone to-night, and start him up in the morning,
when we can have daylight for the chase, and not
run him to-night, for we might run him off and
never catch him."
  After a short parley they concluded to get
some more dogs and be on the ground before day-
light, so as to make sure of me. As soon as they
had gone out of my hearing I emerged from the
brier thicket. I found my limbs had become sore




			
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