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James Redpath, The Roving Editor: or, Talks with Slaves in the Southern States. 2 0 Browse Search
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by starting from the chair in which I had been lounging. Great God! I exclaimed, you don't mean to say that in earnest? Massa, he repeated, it am as true as I'm sitting here. Will you swear that? I asked. Massa, he repeated slowly and solemnly, it am God's truth; I'll swear it wherever you like; dere's hundreds beside me who would do it if you axed them. De colored people here know it too well, sah. postscript.--Hon. Humphrey Marshall, of Kentucky, in his defence of Matt Ward, thus describes another efficient means of saving grace invented for the maintenance of the blessed Missionary institution: The strap, gentlemen, you are probably aware, is an instrument of refined modern torture, ordinarily used in whipping slaves. By the old system, the cow-hide — a severe punishment — cut and lacerated them so badly as to almost spoil their sale when brought to the lower markets. But this strap, I am told, is a vast improvement in the art of whipping negroes; and,