--The practice of free negroes running off slaves to the enemy's lines has become quite common.
The following, from the Wilmington (N. C.) Journal,
shows how it is done.
The unsuspecting slaves are carried a convenient distance from home and these, to save further trouble, are murdered:
On the 24th of February last the negro girl, Sarah Jane
, slave of O. P. Alexander
, left his premises without any cause, and he supposed she had gone to Newborn.
On Friday last, 18th March, he was informed that a free negro, called John Shavers, had carried her off. That night two of his neighbors and himself went to look Shavers up, and luckily succeeded in taking him. On examining him he said that he had carried the girl off to the edge of Onslow county
and left her in a piece of woods in Mr. Seth Kings
field, he being at the time hired at some Salt Works near by. Mr. Alexander
kept Shavers secure until Saturday morning, when he made his escape, carrying off a trace chain locked around his ankles.
repaired to the place Shavers had described to him where he left the girl, and about 150 yards from the road, with some friends, found the dead body of the girl, covered over with limbs, straw, &c. Her head was separated from the body — by her side lay a lightwood limb, from which most probably the unfortunate girl received the fatal blow.