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[175] such dry and snug quarters,—a similar sensation, he used to say with a laugh, to that of the criminal on the scaffold, with rope about his neck, who forgot his impending doom in a temporary sense of delight over his secure and elevated position, while a mad bull was causing the spectators below to flee for their lives.

Lundy, who had returned to Baltimore, and was again issuing the Genius in a monthly pamphlet of sixteen octavo pages, came frequently to the jail to see him, as did his old comrade Isaac Knapp, who had come to Baltimore a few weeks before, to work in the Genius office. Many slave-traders also visited the jail to buy slaves, the poor creatures being constantly brought in, bound and gagged in a frightful manner, for attempting to escape,1 and Garrison did not hesitate to rebuke these dealers in human flesh for their sinful occupation. His encounter with a master who came to reclaim his fugitive was thus related by him:

During my late incarceration in Baltimore prison, four men2 came to obtain a runaway slave. He was brought out of his cell to confront his master, but pretended not to know him— did not know that he had ever seen him before—could not recollect his name. Of course the master was exceedingly irritated. “Don't you remember,” said he, “when I gave you, not long since, thirty-nine lashes under the apple-tree? Another time, when I gave you a sound flogging in the barn? Another time, when you were scourged for giving me the lie, by saying that the horse was in a good condition?”

“Yes,” replied the slave, whose memory was thus quickened, “I do recollect. You have beaten me cruelly without a cause; you have not given me enough to eat and drink; and I don't want to go back again. I wish you to sell me to another master—I had rather even go to Georgia than to return home.”

“I'll let you know, you villain,” said the master, “that my wishes, and not yours, are to be consulted. I'll learn you how to run away again.”

The other men advised him to take the black home, and cut him up in inch pieces for his impudence, obstinacy, and desertion—swearing

1 Maryland slaveholders seldom kept a slave who had once run away, but sold him immediately for the Southern market.

2 Lib. 1.21.

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