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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.           105
and benumbed from the exposure and hardships
I had undergone, and I was intensely hungry. I
worried along, however, to get out of that neigh-
borhood as soon as possible. The sky was now
clear, the air frosty, and my rags were but a scant
protection to me. After walking awhile I found
my soreness began to leave me, when I began to
accelerate my pace. I had to walk as fast as I
could, and exercise my limbs all I could, in order
to keep warm. After walking some time I came
to a plantation. Upon reconnoitering, I found an
old house, and approaching it with the intention of
seeking a little rest in it during the remainder of
the night and the next day, I saw a light in it.  I
went in, however, and found it to be the work-
shop of the plantation, and five colored men were
there putting handles in their axes.  I asked
them for something to eat, and was about to tell
them the truth regarding myself, when one of the
negroes hurried me out of the cabin, saying he
would get me something to eat.  After we got
out he told me I was very imprudent, for if I had
told the negroes who I was and that I was a run-
away, they would have taken me themselves. He
got me some meat and bread, and after I had told
him who I was and that I wanted to find my way
back to Thompson's, he put me on the right road
and gave me such directions as I required.




			
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