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"they Are A Stupid Race, Made To Be Slaves"

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Two slavcs in Louisiana were let out by their inastcr, at a considerable distante fcoin lus own residence. They were skillul intelligent mechanies, and ofcourse hoi (thlained high wages for their work. - ; VVhat time remained afier their daily al-j lot'.ed táíks were tinished, they were allüwed to have for ihetnselves; and these jrecious Jiours were employed most industriously with the view of purchasing ilieir freodom. Whon they had accumulated, by patiënt toil, a eum which they deemed sufficient, they endeavorcd to negotiate with Ilieir master, hut without suc-j cess. Again they went to work; and after two or three years, were enabled toj offer a suin so large, that they (elt almost; certain it would tempt liim to accede lo their wibhes. But he Found them too profi:able tobe ligblly parted wiih; moreover, whatover they had of property was in ality his. lie might with perfect impu-j :ty, have taken all their bard-earned wa-j ges, and kept them in slavery still, as tliousands of slaveholdurs had dune belbroj him. But whether he doubted their having so much tnoney as they pretetided, or whelher he was too honorable to steal more than ninety-nine hundredihs of their earnings, I know not; at all evenis, hè would not lialcu to their proposition on' any terrns. Finding tSey could not purchase liber' ty, they wisely resolved to take it. The entcrpriso was a porilous one; for through i long lineofslave States, they must run the gauntlet óf' patroli, hounds,; lynchers, jail-keepcrs, and rifles - and ifj ihey reached the States cailed frec, they must d odge constables and kidnappers,1 backed by the ylorious Consiitution. They were suificienily intelligent and well informed to undcrsinnd the dangórSi they were to incur, and to devise a most éünnin'g method of avoiding them. They mude ihemselves acqminted wi'.h a white beggar and made him offers large enough to secure his secrecy. They dresfed him in a handsome suit of clothes, and through bis ageney purchased a carriage and a fine span of horses. They brought tho carriage toanappointed place, stood bat in hand, while he entered, and! then tnounted oulside, as (botman an(M grourn. Of course no patrol thought öfj challenging such an equippage; and a( white gentleman travelling through' the1 country, attenued bv his servanis, was welcome at all the inus. The obsequiousnes3 of their manners was an admonttion to their brethren in bonds. "Yes m.ts.a," and "Cerlainly massa," were accompanied by the most profound bows, nnd snoken in the lnnnblcst iones.J he trio arrivod m Buntulo unmolested; thefe ihe carringc nd horses wcre solcl; and ihe white beggar paid hjindsomdy l'or concntin to play the gonilernari". The slaves passed over lo Victofia'a dominions, whence they wrote a very friend-i ly leiter to their whilom master, beging ümt he wuuld feel no unen?iness on their account, as they wcre most comfprtably