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14               UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
CHAPTER II.
THE MOTHER.
Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girl­hood, as a petted and indulged favorite.
The, traveler in the South must often have remarked that peculiar air of refinement, that softness of voice and manner, which seems in many cases to be a particular gift to the quadroon and mulatto women. These natural graces in the quadroon are often united with beauty of the most dazzling kind, and in almost every case with a per­sonal appearance prepossessing and agreeable. Eliza, such as we have described her, is not a fancy sketch, but taken from remembrance, as we saw her, years ago, in Kentucky. Safe under the protecting care of her mis­tress, Eliza had reached maturity without those tempta­tions which make beauty so fatal an inheritance to a slave. She had been married to a bright and talented young mu­latto man, who was a slave on a neighboring estate, and bore the name of George Harris.
This young man had been hired out by his master to work in a bagging factory, where his adroitness and in­genuity caused him to be considered the first hand in the place. He had invented a machine for the cleaning of the hemp, which, considering the education, and circumstances of the inventor, displayed quite as much mechanical genius as Whitney's cotton-gin.1
He was possessed of a handsome person and pleasing manners, and was a general favorite in the factory.
1 A machine of this description was really the invention of a young- colored man in Kentucky.