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Chapter 18: The slave's Ruse the Richmond Enquirer President's Proclamation a negro prayer a Big Bug a Casibianca death of Mr. Eckles thoughts and plans of escape Lieutenant Pittenger. The next day after this occurrence, as I was walking in the yard, a negro, who worked in the prison, slyly pulled me as I was passing him, and exclaimed in an under-tone: All us darkies gwine to be free, yah! yah! What? asked I, taking care to avoid being seen by the guards. Why, all us nigs gwine to be free, yah! yah! gin us yer coat, massa! I fully understood this coat business, as the reader must be aware from an explanation previously given, but, as I had no coat myself, I went to Captain McCormick, my messmate, and got his. It very fortunately had a long rip in the right sleeve. Here, nigger, cried I, in loud tones, can't you get this coat mended? Mended! exclaimed, the intelligent fellow, in assumed tones of wrath, intended for the guards. I w