" Great aint no name for 'im, wife," said Moor " It is power,
wealth__ebery thing. By edecation the white man rule over we, for
we is weak, and is weak cause we is ignant. Edecation is light-
like the sun—by 'im we can see ebery thing, but without 'im we in
darkness en can't see anything. En wen you can't see you can't
go, jist like er blind man or horse."
Prommy found the accounts square and even between Moor and
Arb, neither one owing the other
"Same thing I say," said Femmy
After sitting in silence awhile Moor said: "I'll hab my hundred
dollars out er Arb ef 'e teak all I hab to git 'em. When they tell
me I owe them I didn't believe it, but I want to be certain bout the
whole thing before I meak er move. I 'member the time they use
to meak me pay debt I didn't owe cause I had no money to hire
lawyers, but now, t'ank God, I habe money, and before I let them
do me so gen I'll spend all I have."
The next day Moor returned to Villa, and said to Arb : "I owe
you nutten, and gim me my money "
Arb said : " Get it if you can."
"All right, keep 'em," said Moor ; " ef they have any law for er
black man I'll find em to-day "
He called on Barr, one of the leading attorneys at the Villa bar.
Just as Moor began to explain his errand Barr said:
" Have you ten dollars ?"
Moor replied : " Not with me, sir : but I kin borrow em."
" Well, get it," said Barr, " before you speak to me."
Moor went to Merce, but the latter said : " I'm sorry Arb treated
you so. Now, if you promise to trade with me next year I'll lend
you the money, but you must keep it as a secret."
" I could not meak you that promise, Mr. Merce, but ef you lend
me the money I'll pay you to-morrow- I habe more cotton home to
" Well," said Merce, "I have not the change now, but would
borrow it if you promise to trade with me next year." But our hero
declined to make the promise, and went home.
Merce shared in common with Arb in the wish to suppress Moor
and keep his trade in Villa, but was seeking the trade for himself.
The next day Moor brought a bale of cotton to Villa, sold it, and
paid Barr to take up the case. After making the initiatory step for
a suit at law, Moor returned home.