by starting from the chair in which I had been lounging.
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?
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,