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eculiar expression of their eyes: I saw at once that my colored companion was struggling with the suspicion that he might be speaking to a spy. You come from de North? he asked cautiously. I am a Northern abolitionist: do you know what that means? Oh, yes, massa, said Sambo, you's for the slave. Do you tink, massa, dafew more trivial remarks and I asked: Are you a free man? No, sir, I am a slave. Who owns you? --------; but he hires me out. Have you ever been North? No, sir, I never was. You would like to go there and be free, I suppose? He gave me a penetrating look before replying. I seem to have stood the test; r Douglas uses footpad language on the stump for — to avoid the answering of disagreeable questions. No, massa, --a long chuckle--I'd not like to be free. In de North, de free colored pop'lation isn't able to get ‘long widout eating one anoder. Who told you that? I inquired. De masters of de ships from dar. (He was a
d get away, I would n't come back. Mass'r, he added, I's heerd dat in England, a colored man is treated jest as well as dey do white folks. Is dat true, mass'r? I believe so, I replied. Is colored people treated as well as white folks at de North? Why, no, I was forced to reply, not quite. There is a little prejudice everywhere, a great deal in some places, against them. But still, at the North, a colored person need never be insulted by a white man, as he is here, unless he be a coe North, I said. Yes, sah, said the slave, who seemed to be satisfied with my appearance, he is a very hard master. Have you ever run away? Yes; I have run away twice. Did you run North? No, he replied; I am told no one kin get to de North from here without being taken. Besides, I do n't know de way. How far did you run? I just went round to de next county, he said. If you knew the way to the North, would you try to get there? I inquired. Would you run the risk of bei
The Daily Dispatch: April 9, 1863., [Electronic resource], An African letter — opinions of a colored candidate. (search)
t reggiment. I soon soubber he was intached to my darter Miss Juliny Ahn, and spected to Jine in de holy hands of padlock wid de same. He tend to my wrilin and readin. He pray obbry whar. I nebber catch dat young yankee dat he want prayin. He was what dey calls a bird of pray. So see do perfiddeous perfiddy ob de white trash My darter Miss Jullny An, in demement ob factionate sociation, put her han in his pocket jes for fun. She got sebbrel things and a piece ob writing to his fren in de North. He write his fren dat de siety fur de melioration ob de cullud race was doing well. Dat he had marry fifteen outline gals, and had far prospect of improving de next gineration. Dat he had marry dem all under a defferent name and at defferent places, and should write dem all to meet him at dis place to procede to his residence in Boston — by way of Brazil — My darter Miss Juliny Ann hah de bystrikes like any other lady, an I go after dat chapplin to demand satisfaction for de report dat
The Daily Dispatch: October 28, 1863., [Electronic resource], Experience of a Confederate Chaplain at the North. (search)
Titus--"No, sir, you may shoot me fust, and den I won't fight ginst my Government." Morris--"Well, Titus, they are going to put you all in the army if you go South." Titus--"Dat's jist what I want, sir." Morris--"Don't you want a good suit of clothes?" Titus--"Not from your Government, sir; my Government is able to give me clothes." Morris-- "Oh, pshaw! your Government's 'played out,' your money's worthless. " Titus--"Dat's aliwou know about it; do money's jist as good in de Souf as 'ds in de North, for dar ebryting high, and money plenty, here ebryting cheap, and money skace. Nigga have a dollar in de Souf where buckra don't have a dime in de Norf. Oh, dar man, I know you aint talking when you axin dischile to fight gin de Souf." Their treatment to our servants is even worse than I expected, and if those who have good homes in the South would only listen to those who are fortunate enough to escape after being in Yankee hands they will be contented to remain at home. Lest