180 UNCLE TOMS CABIN; OR
" I should pay my fine," said Simeon, quietly.
" But what if they put thee in prison ? "
" Could n't thee and mother manage the farm ? " said' Simeon, smiling.
" Mother can do almost everything," said the boy. " But is n't it a shame to make such laws ? "
" Thee must n't speak evil of thy rulers, Simeon," said his father, gravely. " The Lord only gives us our worldly goods that we may do justice and mercy; if our rulers require a price of us for it, we must deliver it up."
" Well, I hate those old slave-holders! " said the boy, who felt as unchristian as became any modern reformer.
"I am surprised at thee, son," said Simeon; "thy mother never taught thee so. I would do even the same for the slave-holder as for the slave, if the Lord brought him to my door in affliction."
Simeon second blushed scarlet; but his mother only smiled, and said, " Simeon is my good boy ; he will grow older, by and by, and then he will be like his father."
" I hope, my good sir, that you are not exposed to any difficulty on our account," said George, anxiously.
" Fear nothing, George, for therefore are we sent into the world. If we would not meet trouble for a good cause, we were not worthy of our name."
" But, for me," said George, " I could not bear it."
" Fear not, then, friend George ; it is not for thee, but for God and man, we do it," said Simeon. " And now thou must lie by quietly this day, and to-night, at ten o'clock, Phineas Fletcher will carry thee onward to the next stand, — thee and the rest of thy company. The pursuers are hard after thee; we must not delay."
" If that is the case, why wait till evening ?' said George.
" Thou art safe here by daylight, for every one in the settlement is a Friend, and all are watching. It has been found safer to travel by night."