06 SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA.
Weak as he was from loss of blood, he was pic¬
keted, and turned loose.
It seems that Primus took a dislike to Uncle
Billy from that time, because Billy had told upon
him. He threatened to be revenged some day,
and soon after Stevens heard of it. He got Tom
and Elijah Wilson, neighbouring planters, to
come in and help punish him; so they came
one day and laid hold of him, Stevens assisting
them. They stretched him, face downwards, on
a carpenter's bench, his hands being tied under¬
neath, as tightly as the cords could be drawn.
They then cut his clothes off his back, and Ste¬
vens took a cobbing paddle and laid on to him as
long as he could stand. This paddle was a piece
of wood from eighteen inches to two feet long,
having a handle about eight inches in length. It
was made of oak, one end being broad and flat,
and between five and six inches in width, with
eight holes drilled through it. Before being used,
it was wetted and rubbed in sand. When Stevens
got tired, he handed the instrument over to John
Wilson. During the infliction of this punish¬
ment, all of us slaves were made to stand by.
Every blow they struck raised eight blisters, the
blood starting underneath them, quite black. They