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My fellow-travelers, as my passengers might be called, were interesting companions. Both, in one sense, were children, the mother certainly not being over seventeen years old. She was a comely half-breed mulatto. Her baby — a pretty boy of two years--was one degree nearer white.

The girl was inclined to be confidential and talkative. She said she was ‘old mas'ras’ daughter. Her mother had been one of ‘old mas'r's’ people. She had grown up with the other slave children on the place, being in no way favored because of her relationship to her owner. The baby's father was ‘young mas'r’-old master's son, as it appeared-and who, consequently, was a half-brother of the youthful mother. Slavery sometimes created singular relationships.

As the story ran, all the people, including the narrator and her baby, when ‘ole mas'r’ died were “leveled” on by the Sheriff's man. She did not quite understand the meaning of it all, but it was doubtless a case of bankruptcy.

‘Young mas'r,’ she said, “tole” her she had to run away, taking the baby of course. “Oh, yes,” she said very emphatically, “I never would have left Kentuck without Thomas Jefferson” --meaning her little boy. “Young mas'r,” according to her account, arranged the whole proceeding, telling her what course to take by night, where to stop and conceal herself by day, and what signal to give when she reached the “big river.”

When the Ohio had been crossed her young master met her, evidently to the great delight of the poor creature. He gave her some money, and


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