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not ashamed to be called our God; for he hath prepared for us a city." These words of an ancient volume, got up principally by " ignorant and unlearned men," have, through all time, kept up, somehow, a strange sort of power over the minds of poor, simple fellows, like Tom. They stir up the soul from its depths, and rouse, as with trumpet call, courage, energy, and enthusiasm, where be­fore was only the blackness of despair.
Mr. Haley pulled out of his pocket sundry newspapers, and began looking over their advertisements, with ab­sorbed interest. He was not a remarkably fluent reader, and was in the habit of reading in a sort of recitative half-aloud, by way of calling in his ears to verify the deduc­tions of his eyes. In this tone he slowly recited the fol­lowing paragraph: —
Executors' Sale, Negroes ! — Agreeably to order of court, will be sold, on Tuesday, February 20, before the Court­house door, in the town of Washington, Kentucky, the follow­ing negroes : Hagar, aged 60 ; John, aged 30 ; Ben, aged 21 ; Saul, aged 25 ; Albert, aged 14. Sold for the benefit of the creditors and heirs of the estate of Jesse Blutchford, Esq.
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This yer I must look at," said he to Tom, for want of somebody else to talk to. " Ye see, I 'm going to get up a prime gang to take down with ye, Tom ; it '11 make it sociable and pleasant like, — good company will, ye know. We must drive right to Washington first and foremost, and then I '11 clap you into jail, while I does the business." Tom received this agreeable intelligence quite meekly ; simply wondering, in his own heart, how many of these doomed men had wives and children, and whether they would feel as he did about leaving them. It is to be con­fessed, too, that the naive, off-hand information that he was to be thrown into jail by no means produced an agreeable impression on a poor fellow who had always prided him-