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[453] the officer of the day to report himself, whereupon the following colloquy ensued:

What's your name?

“My name's Sam.”

“ Sam what?”

“ No, sah — not Sam Watt. I'se just Sam.”

“What's your other name?”

“ I hasn't got no oder name, sah! I'se Sam-dat s all.”

“ What's your master's name?”

“I'se got no massa, now-massa runned away-yah!”

yah! I'se free nigger, now.”

“ Well, what's your father and mother's name?”

“I'se got none, salh-neber had none. I'se jist Sam--aint nobody else.”

“ Haven't you any brothers and sisters?”

“No, sah-neber had none. No brudder, no sister, no fader, no mudder, no massa-nothina but Sam. When you see Sam, you see all dere is of us.”


In West Point, Virginia, there was a negro scout, named Clairborne, in the employ of the Union forces, who was a shrewd hand at escaping from the rebels. He was evidently a full-blooded African, with big lips and flat nose, and, having lived in this vicinity all his life, was familiar with the country, which rendered him o very valuable aid.

On Clairborne's last trip inside the enemy's lines, after scouting around as much as he wished, he picked up eight chickens and started for camp. His road led past the house of a secesh doctor named Roberts, who knew him, and who ordered him to stop, which, of course,

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