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[12] never witnessed such a piece of acting. When I came upon the scene he had just come unexpectedly upon a plantation-house, and, putting a bold face upon it, had walked up to the door.

Den I go up to de white man, berry humble, and say, would he please gib ole man a mouthful for eat?

He say he must hab de valeration ob half a dollar.

Den I look berry sorry, and turn for go away.

Den he say I might gib him dat hatchet I had.

Den I say (this in a tragic vein) dat I must hab dat hatchet for defend myself from de dogs!

[Immense applause, and one appreciating auditor says, chuckling, “Dat was your arms, ole man,” which brings down the house again.]

Den he say de Yankee pickets was near by, and I must be very keerful.

Den I say, “ Good Lord, Mas'r, am dey? ”

Words cannot express the complete dissimulation with which these accents of terror were uttered,--this being precisely the piece of information he wished to obtain.

Then he narrated his devices to get into the house at night and obtain some food,--how a dog flew at him,--how the whole household, black and white, rose in pursuit,--how he scrambled under a hedge and over a high fence, etc.,--all in a style of which Gough alone among orators can give the faintest impression, so thoroughly dramatized was every syllable.

Then he described his reaching the river-side at last, and trying to decide whether certain vessels held friends or foes.

“ Den I see guns on board, and sure sartin he Union boat, and I pop my head up. Den I been-a-tink [think] Seceshkey hab guns too, and my head go down again. ”

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