Behind the Scenes.
mind, and she pleaded piteously that her boy
should not be taken from her; but master quiet
ed her by telling her that he was simply going to
town with the wagon, and would be back in the
morning. Morning came, but little Joe did not
return to his mother. Morning after morning
passed, and the mother went down to the grave
without ever seeing her child again. One day
she was whipped for grieving for her lost boy.
Colonel Burwell never liked to see one of his
slaves wear a sorrowful face, and those who
offended in this particular way were always
punished.__Alas! the sunny face of the slave is
not always an indication of sunshine in the
heart. Colonel Burwell at one time owned
about seventy slaves, all of which were sold, and
in a majority of instances wives were separated
from husbands and children from their parents.
Slavery in the Border States forty years ago was
different from what it was twenty years ago.
Time seemed to soften the hearts of master and