2s Behind the Scenes.
father was dated Shelbyville, Tennessee, March
20 1839. He writes in a cheerful strain, and
hopes to see her soon. Alas! he looked forward
to a meeting in vain. Year after year the one
great hope swelled in his heart, but the hope was
only realized beyond the dark portals of the grave.
When I was about seven years old I witnessed,
for the first time, the sale of a human being.
We were living at Prince Edward, in Yirginia,
and master had just purchased his hogs for the
winter, for which he was unable to pay in full.
To escape from his embarrassment it was neces¬
sary to sell one of the slaves. Little Joe, the son
of the cook, was selected as the victim. His
mother was ordered to dress him up in his Sun¬
day clothes, and send him to the house. He
came in with a bright face, was placed in the
scales, and was sold, like the hogs, at so much
per pound. His mother was kept in ignorance
of the transaction but h^ ■ •
*-"', Dut tier suspicions were
aroused. Whra W 80n startoc, for Pete
m "'° WaS°"' tlle '™th >>^n ,o dawn „p„n her