MY FIRST GREAT TRIAL.
tute as she was of the proper means of nursing me, I
recovered my health, and grew to be an uncommonly
vigorous boy and man.
I faithfully served Riley for many years. He was
coarse and vulgar in his habit?, and unprincipled
and cruel in his general deportment. His slaves had
little opportunity for relaxation from wearying
labour, were supplied with the scantiest means of
sustaining their toil by necessary food, and had no
securitv for personal rights. When such a master
is a tyrant, the slaves often become cringing,
treacherous, false, and thieving. Riley and his
slaves were no exception to the general rule, but
might be cited as apt illustrations of the nature of