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upon me as a kind of a spy in behalf of the govern¬
ment. Some time after I had relinquished my work
and interest in the courts, I was asked one day by a
local white gentleman, how much I had received for
my service? When I answered him, nothing, he
further remarked that "Many of us thought you were
a government spy sent here to watch us." It was a
duty as well as a pleasure for me to correct this false
I may say here, that once, during my two years'
service in the courts, looking after the interests of
the colored people, I did receive something ; but not
from any political source. It happened in this wise:
A poor old colored woman had lost her husband by
death. The physician who attended him during his
illness, sued this poor widow for the house she
lived in — which was valued at five hundred dollars.
She engaged a lawyer to defend her, but when the
case was called the lawyer could not be found. I
represented her before the judge, and her house
This old woman was so pleased and gratified for
what I had done, that she brought me two dollars
and a half in gold. I refused it, but she insisted
that I should take it, or she would be displeased.
I took the money; and that is the only compensa¬
tion that I ever received for my service of two
For a while, to say the least, the white South had
to endure the presence of the white " Yankees";