--A man who gave his name as B Phillips
carried ten negroes to Charlotte, N. C.
, last week — men, women, and children — and sold them for $13,000. After he had collected the money and left news was received that the negroes were all free, and that they had been stolen from the neighborhood of Yorktown, Va.
Palttipe represented that he bought the negroes at Petersburg
, and produced forged papers to prove it. The negroes assisted in the swindling operation by keeping concealed the fact that they were free born; and when questioned about the matter they acknowledged that they were free, and some of them said they preferred being slaves to going back to Virginia
and live as they had been living.
Free negroes fare rather badly now.