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ever she had made the thousand dollars and given it to
them. Incited by the hope of being free, she worked
hard; but as soon as she had paid eight or nine hun¬
dred dollars to her master, he would sell her to some
one else, who would make the same promise, and then
break it in the same shameful manner. At length the
girl became so exasperated by her many grievous dis¬
appointments, that she lost her reason, and is now a
lunatic. Her name was Louise. She was well known
to those who stopped at the St. Charles and St. Louis.
"I will now tell you of a gentleman, who lived in
Louisiana, who had a housekeeper and two daughters.
He sent his daughters to Oberlin to school, and took a
house there for his housekeeper to be with them. On
going there, the Oberlin people would not let him stay
unless he married the housekeeper. He did marry
her, and settled a great deal of property on her and
her daughters. In a short time he went to England,
and on his return he brought her a magnificent English
carriage ; her house is in keeping with her carriage—
elegant, indeed. It was whispered by some that he
would not dare go back South; but he did go back,
staid there awhile, disposed of his property, and re¬
turned to his wife. His daughters were mulattoes, and
his wife was very dark.
"Now, madam, I need not tell you anything more.
I have shown you the dark and the fair sides of the
South. Were I to tell you one-half what I know, it
would take me every moment of a week."
Miss----, when rising to leave, said, "I have been
much interested by what you have told me; say no¬
thing of our meeting; I will give you my card, and
come to see me in New York."