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228             UNCLE TOMS CABIN; OR
particular on this point. His stable services were merely a sinecure, and consisted simply in a daily care and in­spection, and directing an under-servant in his duties ; for Marie St. Clare declared that she could not have any smell of the horses about him when he came near her, and that he must positively not be put to any service that would make him unpleasant to her, as her nervous sys­tem was entirely inadequate to any trial of that nature; one snuff of anything disagreeable being, according to her account, quite sufficient to close the scene, and put an end to all her earthly trials at once. Tom, therefore, in his well-brushed broadcloth suit, smooth beaver, glossy boots, faultless wristbands and collar, with his grave, good-natured black face, looked respectable enough to be a Bishop of Carthage, as men of color were, in other ages.
Then, too, he was in a beautiful place, a consideration to which his sensitive race are never indifferent; and he did enjoy, with a quiet joy, the birds, the flowers, the fountains, the perfume, and light and beauty of the court, the silken hangings, and pictures, and lustres, and statu­ettes, and gilding, that made the parlors within a kind of Aladdin's palace to him.
If ever Africa shall show an elevated and cultivated race, — and come it must, some time, her turn to figure in the great drama of human improvement, — life will awake there with a gorgeousness and splendor of which our cold Western tribes faintly have conceived. In that far-off mystic land of gold, and gems, and spices, and waving palms and wondrous flowers, and miraculous fer­tility, will awake new forms of art, new styles of splen­dor ; and the negro race, no longer despised and trodden down, will, perhaps, show forth some of the latest and most magnificent revelations of human life. Certainly they will in their gentleness, their lowly docility of heart, their aptitude to repose on a superior mind, and rest on a higher power, their childlike simplicity of affection, and facility of forgiveness. In all these they will exhibit the