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 expect to meet two “extraordinary” or special trains on the road; they did not expect that any men would be so apparently foolhardy as to attempt their pursuit on foot; and they did not expect that their pursuers would find any such “God-send” as the old coal engine, “Yonah,” standing on the track, ready fired up. Their calculations on every other point were admitted by their enemies, and those best acquainted with the road and its arrangements, to have been “dead certainties,” which would have met with perfect success. It might have been hoped that the signal bravery of such an exploit would have commanded the respect of their captors, and mitigated in some degree the resentment which such an attempt excited. But it was not so. The twenty-two captives, when secured, were thrust into the negro jail at Chattanooga. There they occupied a single room, half under ground, and but thirteen feet square, so that there was not space enough for them all to lie down together, and a part of them were, in consequence, obliged to sleep sitting and leaning against the walls. The only entrance to this vile room was through a trap door in the ceiling, through which, twice a day, their scanty meals were lowered in a bucket; and they had no other light or ventilation than that which came through two small, triple grated windows. They were covered with swarming vermin, and the oppressiveness of the heat obliged them to strip themselves entirely naked. Added to this, they were all handcuffed, and fastened to each other in companies of twos and threes, by trail chains, secured with padlocks around their necks. Their food, doled out to them
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