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“ [450] up. 'Deed we jest did; but one mornina we heard de big guns, way down ribber, go bang, bang, bang, and de folks round yere begun to cut dar stick mitey short, and trabble up de rail-track. Den, bress de good Lord, we knowed yer was comina, but we held our jaw. Bymeby de sojers begun to cut dar stick, too, and dey trabble! Goramity, 'pears dey make de dirt fly! Ya, ha!”

“Why, were they scared so bad?”

“De sojers didn't skeer um so much as dem black boats. Kase, yer see, de sojers shot solid balls, and dey not mind dem so much; but when dem boats say b-o-o-m, dey know de rotten balls was comina, and dey skeeted quickern a streak of litenina.”

“ What rotten balls did the boats throw at them?”

“Don't yer know? Why, dem balls dat are bad; dey're rotten, ana fly all to bits-'deed does dey-play de very debbil wid yer. No dodgina dem dere balls; kase yer dunno whare dey fly too-strike yah and fly yandqh; dat's what skeered 'em so bad!”

“Well, what are you going to do when the war's over?”

“ Dunno; p'raps I goes Noff wid dis crowd. Pretty much so, I guess. 'Pears to me dis chile had better be movina.”

During the riot in New York city, in July, 1863, the negroes were in great peril from the rioters, and many of them owed their escape to the “ready wit” of some of their friends and employers. The following was one of numerous instances of this: While President Acton, at the police headquarters,

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