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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.           107
the bottom on each side of the road-grade, and to
within two or three feet of the top of it.  This
grade I had to cross; and I was greatly afraid that
I would meet some one.  I started across, and
when about half way over the grade, or levee, I
heard hounds baying ahead of me; and the sounds
seemed to be approaching me. I became very
much frightened, and turned and fled back to the
bridge, when, just as I was stepping on it,
I heard men's voices, and stopped, when I found
they were coming across the bridge toward me. I
concluded I would rather face the blood-hounds
than the white men, so I made my way back
over the grade as hurriedly as I could.       I
reached the end of the grade without meeting the
hounds and turned off into the woods. After
walking a short distance I heard the hounds
again, and the sound of their yelps was nearing
me rapidly. I turned my course immediately,
and ran as fast as I was able for three or four
hundred yards, when I saw distinctly, in the star-
light, a man running nearly toward me. My
heart leaped into my throat, as it were, and I
made ready for battle.  But the man proved to
be a poor runaway like myself, and the one whom
the hounds were after. I had got into a field, and
the runaway passed through the same field with-
out noticing. me. I kept on in an opposite direc-




			
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