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130             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
" You 're welcome," said the trader.
" I should think you 'd be ashamed to spend all your life buying men and women, and chaining them, like cattle ! I should think you 'd feel mean!' said George.
" So long as your grand folks wants to buy men and women, I 'm as good as they is," said Haley; " 't an't any meaner sellin' on 'em, than 't is buyin'! "
" I '11 never do either, when I 'm a man," said George; " I 'm ashamed, this day, that I 'm a Kentuckian. I al­ways was proud of it before;" and George sat very straight on his horse, and looked round with an air, as if he expected the State would be impressed with his opinion.
" Well, good-by, Uncle Tom; keep a stiff upper lip," said George.
" Good-by, Mas'r George," said Tom, looking fondly and admiringly at him. " God Almighty bless you ! Ah! Kentucky han't got many like you!" he said, in the full­ness of his heart, as the frank, boyish face was lost to his view. Away he went, and Tom looked, till the clatter of his horse's heels died away, the last sound or sight of his home. But over his heart there seemed to be a warm spot, where those young hands had placed that precious dollar. Tom put up his hand, and held it close to his heart.
" Now, I tell ye what, Tom," said Haley, as he came up to the wagon, and threw in the handcuffs, " I mean to start fa'r with ye, as I gen'ally do with my niggers; and I '11 tell ye now, to begin with, you treat me fa'r, and I '11 treat you fa'r; I an't never hard on my niggers. Cal­culates to do the best for 'em I can. Now, ye see, you 'd better jest settle down comfortable, and not be tryin' no tricks; because nigger's tricks of all sorts I 'm up to, and it's no use. If niggers is quiet, and don't try to get off, they has good times with me; and if they don't, why, it's thar fault, and not mine."
Tom assured Haley that he had no present intentions of running off. In fact, the exhortation seemed rather a