LIFE OF GORDON.
was the Sampson of his age. It was related of him
that he could take two men and crush their faces
together. He never was whipped but by his mother,
who always ruled him, even down to old age. For
his great strength and hardihood, his name was
changed from Charles Brown to Tom Bull. He
was known throughout the eastern portion of North
Carolina as a great and wonderful man. Tom Bull
had only one child, Pricilla Holly, who married Willy
Holly. She was simply an emblem of feminine vir
tue, that no worthy comparison can exaggerate. She
was a very beautiful woman, and there was not a
lazy bone in her frame; she knew how to please the
most difficult. All that knew her wanted her. She
had a strong, sturdy and unyielding moral rectitude,
that nothing could induce her to part with. She
was sold by her master, who inherited her. Pricilla,
as we have already stated, was fair to look upon.
Eldridge, her master, intruded on her and used
every possible means to seduce her, but she resisted
him to the last, and swore that she would die before
she would yield to him ; for that she was sold and
forced to leave Nancy, the mother of the subject
of our sketch, who was then a suckling baby and the
idol of her heart, yet this embarrassing and heart¬
rending situation did not alter the firm and un¬
shaken heart of the fair Ethiopian woman. Willy
Holly, the husband of Pricilla, was a mechanic by
trade, and won a wide reputation in the mechan.
ical circle. He was a man of great mental ability.
With the cunningness of his mind and his economi-