SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA. 183
off, it is hatched by the next night, and in two
days there is a caterpillar, or grub, as big as a
man's little finger. Early every morning gangs
are sent round, children and all, to hunt for the
eggs and grubs, and pick them off, as also for any
worms that may be about.
Disgusting as it may seem, the slaves have to
pull these grubs in two. They are tough and
" blobby," and are very filthy things to handle.
I have, however, known my old master, James
Davis, go round, and if, after the plants had been
picked, he found a grub left, he would call to the
slave in whose row- he had found it, and forcing
his mouth open, rub the vermin against his teeth,
to teach him to have sharper eyes in future.
Another good hoeing is now also given to the
plants, and if any of them are high enough to
"top," the bud is nipped off. This "topping,"
however, is systematically done, as the plant shoots.
It has the effect of strengthening it, and causing
buds to spring out at the sides, which are all nipped,
in order to prevent blossoming, and to cause the
leaves to grow luxuriantly When the plant is
getting ripe, the leaves become " snarly," like a
bull's face. They are tried every morning, by
doubling them up between the finger and the