30 Behind the Scenes.
mistress, and to insure kinder and more hu¬
mane treatment to bondsmen and bondswomen.
When I was quite a child, an incident occurred
which my mother afterward impressed more
strongly on my mind. One of my uncles, a
slave of Colonel Burwell, lost a pair of plough-
lines, and when the loss was made known the
master gave him a new pair, and told him that if
he did not take care of them he would punish
him severely. In a few weeks the second pair
of lines was stolen, and my uncle hung himself
rather than meet the displeasure of his master.
My mother went to the spring in the morning
for a pail of water, and on looking up into the
willow tree which shaded the bubbling crystal
stream, she discovered the lifeless form of her
brother suspended beneath one of the strong
branches. Rather than be punished the way
Colonel Burwell punished his servants, he took
LlS.°7life- Sla-T had its dark side as well
as its bright side.