Their success that year was very encouraging; in
the Fall they shipped several bales of cotton, housed
many barrels of corn, butchered a large number of
hogs, raised a great quantity of peas and other prod¬
uce useful in domestics, and were thus enabled the
coming year to continue farming with greater and
improved facilities and renewed energy.
In a few years Charles's brother returned home
and Charles discontinued farming with his brother-
in-law and took again his brother as a partner.
After two years Joseph married, the partnership
was discontinued and Charles farmed alone for one
When Charles was about five years of age he
entered school to Mr. Thomas Nixon on Roanoke
Island, N. C. Within a few weeks he displayed
such brilliant talent and made such rapid strides in
his studies, that he became the acknowledged genius
of the school. He began speech-making when quite
young. The school which he attended usually al¬
lowed the scholars Friday afternoons for making
speeches; it was on one of these occasions that
Charles made his first appearance before the public.
While making this speech he grew exceedingly elo¬
quent, created an intense interest and held his audi¬
ence spellbound. It may justly be said that on this
occasion Charles showed forth the hidden treasures of
God-given wisdom and the germ of oratorical power
with which he is endowed.
After his parents removed from Roanoke Island