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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
			
106         BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
  I found that I was about fifty miles from
Thompson's plantation, and that it would require
two nights' hard walking to get there. I felt very
much discouraged, and grieved considerbaly to
myself.  However, having satisfied the cravings
of my appetite, I plucked up courage and started
on my long return walk with renewed energy.
  After traveling about five miles I came to a
little town.  I was afraid to go through it on ac-
count of the liability of being apprehended; and I
did not like to go around it for fear of getting lost
again. I determined to risk going through the
place, and, by avoiding every one, escape detec-
tion.  There was quite an excitement here by
reason of an epidemic sickness among the chil-
dren, and about every other house had a light in
it. I passed through the town with fear; but I es-
caped arrest and felt like rejoicing over my good
fortune, not once thinking of any dangers or hard-
ships that might lay before me.
  After I got through the town I came to a con-
siderable stream, with a bridge across it, the
name of which I am unable to give; but on the
opposite end of the bridge from the town there is
a road-way, or levee, thrown up across the
"bottom" for about two miles.  At the time I
crossed, the stream was very much swelled from
the recent rains, and the water extended all over




			
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