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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.           109
of another runaway in the immediate neigh-
borhood.
  The day wore slowly away, and being very
weak from hunger and fatigue I was unable to
gain that rest my wasted body required. I slept
two or three hours, however, and had ample time
for reflection. The bridge where I had been so
completely hemmed in the night before was im-
pressed deeply upon my memory; and the agony of
mind while on the bridge was still troubling me.
I relied on a loving heavenly Father in my troubles
and trials, and brought to my mind the condition
of the children of Israel when about to be over-
whelmed by the hosts of Pharaoh on the shore of
the Red Sea. God delivered them, and I believed
he would deliver me. My faith was strong.
  Night came at last, when I cautiously emerged
from my hiding-place and continued my journey
toward home. I ran and walked about twenty-
five miles, and did not find any familiar objects to
lead me to suppose I was in the neighborhood of
my master's plantation, when I began to look
about for a place of concealment in which to
spend another weary and lonesome day.  Walk-
ing slowly along, after a short time my attention
was attracted by sounds as if some  one was
pounding ahard substance. On stopping and
listening, I soon heard some person calling




			
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