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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
			
108         BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
tion from the one which he had taken, and crossed
the fence on the other side of the field just in time
to hear one of the slave-hunters say, "There he is
now; I heard him getting over the fence." I
threw myself on the ground and awaited results.
The dogs were "hot" on the other slave's track,
and were running at a great rate, which induced
the slave-hunters to think their companion was
mistaken. So, to my great relief and pleasure,
they started on after the hounds. I was nearly ex-
hausted by my exertions during the night, and
as it was now nearly morning I lay on the ground
for a time to rest and recuperate my worn-out
energies a little.
  In a short time I got up, and after looking
around I saw the outlines of plantation houses in
the distance. On going to them I found a rest-
ing-place in a fodder-loft, in the horse-lot of the
plantation. I ensconced myself in the fodder,
when I again heard the infernal yelps of the blood-
hounds, and the more infernal yelps of the white
pursuers urging the hounds after the poor runa-
way. The hounds soon after caught the poor
wretch, whose cries for mercy were heart-rending
and piteous.  My situation was perilous; yet I
had hopes that the other slave being run down
and caught would save me, from the fact that
the hunters were not aware of the presence




			
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