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“ Not all. The bolder lads will run away. It will be hard for them to hide the stain of blood; but some are fair enough to pass, if they can only get away to distant parts. In London or in Sydney they might never be unmasked. In America they are sure to fail. Our people are suspicious, and the Negroes keep an eye on fellows who try to dodge. You cannot get beyond their reach. In every town of Canada and the United States, the Mulattoes are a separate class, with signs and tokens of their own. If any one of their community tries to get among the Whites they hunt him down with merciless glee.”

“And girls?”

“ Girls have a harder time than boys, for they have fewer trades to work at, and they cannot earn as much money as men. A man who saves money may be off; but women seldom save enough to pay their fares. And, then, the jealousy is fiercer where a woman is concerned. Negresses watch Quadroons with an unsleeping ire.”

Gifted with such beauty as hers, will this poor little Octoroon, now opening her blue eyes at the fair teacher, stay in the purlieus of Richmond, where

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