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[284] would slay his Negro just as readily as he brained and scalped his foe.

Yet such is the fecundity of men in servitude, that the Negroes grew in numbers under all their wrongs; and that so rapidly that in twenty or twenty-five years they promised to out-count their savage owners. No attempts were made to breed them, as in Carolina and Virginia, for the markets. Young and pretty Negresses were swept into the wigwam; old and ugly women, whether Black or Red, were handed over to these dusky swains. Yet while the hunters brought plenty of food into the camps, the Negro race increased in all the Indian nations. When war broke out, the Seminoles had a thousand slaves; the Cherokees and Chickasaws had each about fifteen hundred slaves; the Creeks and Choctaws had each about three thousand slaves.

In these Red nations there were less than fourteen thousand full-blooded Indians to ten thousand Negro slaves. The Indians were fading fast, the Negroes were increasing fast.

These Negroes were a danger and a curse to each of the five Red nations. A sentiment was growing up on every side, which the Redskins were

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