And I told Tom sure enough, and he got three fellers to go with him. He wanted me to go with him, but I wouldn't — not much.
I knowed that Jake Hart
was a mean man. But he went with three of 'em, and they heard Jake was at Tim Brown
's, and they went upstairs and opened the door; and Jake, just as quiet as I am, he shoots Tom Spear
dead; and then the next feller shoots Jake right through the chest, and he falls down, but he sits up again and draws a bead on number two, and down he goes, and then he shoots number three, and the fourth man he thought he'd better stay downstairs.
That was Christmas Eve, and they buried all four of 'em together.
Ther hain't been any shootina in town since then.”
“Yes, Jake was a mean cuss,” said Smith
, “but I liked him first rate.”
And we finished our buckwheat cakes
were alive and could visit the South
to-day and read “Up from slavery,” “The leopard's Spots” and “The Negro a beast,” he would find sufficient reasons for congratulating himself upon his course.
Slavery was a crying evil.
In a thousand ways it was a disgrace to his country and to mankind, and it should have been abolished; but it was abolished the wrong way. The Negro is far better off as a wage earner than he was as a slave, but the hostility between