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“ [172] Negroes, fresh from Africa, made their fiercest slaughter among the Mixed breeds.”

“ It is always so,” replies the experienced officer. “In Negro rows, a difference in the shade makes all the difference in the fight. Nearer in blood, sharper in feud.”

In one of the Negro schools we find a girl of nine or ten, with one of the most striking faces I have ever seen. White skin, brown rippling hair, and rosy cheeks are lighted with a pair of blue and wondering eyes. The fair young lady sitting at the teacher's desk is not so fair as this “ coloured” child.

“What a sweet face! Is this girl a Negress, and excluded from an ordinary school?”

“ Yes; her face is apt to take one in. Yet this fair child is the daughter of a Quadroon of bad character, who lives among her people in Jackson Ward. Everybody knows the child's mother; no one knows her father. Yes, her case is sad, but what are we to do? The Negroes claim her. How are we to separate a mother from her child?”

“But surely these white-looking lads will not remain among the coloured folk when they grow up?”

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