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470            UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
Just then the door opened, and Sambo entered. He came forward, bowing, and holding out something in a paper.
" What's that, you dog? " said Legree.
" It's a witch thing, Mas'r! "
"A what?"
" Something that niggers gets from witches. Keeps 'em from feelin' when they's flogged. He had it tied round his neck, with a black string."
Legree, like most godless and cruel men, was super­stitious. He took the paper and opened it uneasily.
There dropped out of it a silver dollar, and a long, shining curl of fair hair, — hair which, like a living thing, twined itself round Legree's fingers.
" Damnation ! " he screamed, in sudden passion, stamp­ing on the floor, and pulling furiously at the hair, as if it burned him. " Where did this come from ? Take it off! — burn it up ! — burn it up ! " he screamed, tearing it off, and throwing it into the charcoal. " What did you bring it to me for ? "
Sambo stood, with his heavy mouth wide open, and aghast with wonder; and Cassy, who was preparing to leave the apartment, stopped, and looked at him in perfect amazement.
" Don't you bring me any more of your devilish things ! " said he, shaking his fist at Sambo, who retreated hastily towards the door; and, picking up the silver dollar, he sent it smashing through the window-pane, out into the darkness.
Sambo was glad to make his escape. When he was gone, Legree seemed a little ashamed of his fit of alarm. He sat doggedly down in his chair, and began sullenly sip­ping his tumbler of punch.
Cassy prepared herself for going out, unobserved by h?m; and slipped away to minister to poor Tom, as we have already related.
And what was the matter with Legree ? and what was