money that Old Harry (the black ferryman), already knew everything about the murder.
I was incredulous; for we had ridden fast, and, by no possibility, did it seem to me, could he have learnt anything relating to the tragedy.
Well, Harry, said my companion to the old fellow, what's the news up country?
I dun'no know, mass'r, was the hesitating reply; you gentlemen has jest come down, and probable knows more ‘bout it dan I does.
Why sah, de murder ob Abe Thomas' wife las' night.
The murder was discovered by the patrols about three o'clock in the morning!
We both expressed our ignorance of the event, and old Harry, after some hesitation, gave us the particulars very accurately, stating that he had heard of it that night from a plantation hand.
Here was an extraordinary proof of what my companion had stated.
We had travelled rapidly; no one had left the neighborhood before us; yet this old man had learnt of the event some hours previous