IN HIGH LIFE.
turned to the yard, and every time she was taken
back she received a severe lashing.
" I was one day combing a lady at the St. Charles
who was in ill health, and had been there some time;
her father, while walking round, used to go into these
traders' yards to see the slaves who were for sale.
One day he saw this young girl, and was immediately
struck by her appearance and accomplishments; as
the traders had told him she was an accomplished
lady's maid, he came home and told his daughter
about her, and said his heart bled for her. The young
lady expressed a wish to see her, when her father said
he would have her sent up, as he did not know but he
might wish to purchase her. I said I would be much
obliged to them if they would not have her brought
up till the next day, when I could be there combing,
as I should like to see her.
" The next day at eleven o'clock the girl was there;
both the young lady and her mother conversed with
her, and found out all about her. The young lady
being in ill health, became so excited that she took one
of her bad spells, and they feared she would die. The
young girl was hurried back to the yard again, when
the trader asked her what was said, or would they buy
her. She did not say anything, except that the lady
did not want her. 'Then,' said he, 'that must be
your own fault, as you did not make yourself as agree¬
able as you should have done;' and he gave her a se¬
" If any purchaser comes into these yards to see the
slaves, and they do not all rise up and make them-
. selves as agreeable as possible, so as to make a sale,
on the departure of the person they are severely