We should take into consideration now the quantity of cotton our
hero had on hand. Eight bales, weighing 500 pounds each, first settled
the four hundred dollars he owed. He had spent, up within a few
days, two bales on current expenses, and the two bales for which he had
entered a suit for, and the one he sold to pay the lawyer's fees, left
him six more bales at home. His two hired hands worked on what
is known in the South as a time-contract. They worked with Moor
the first four work days of the week, and take the two latter for them¬
selves. He gives them their rations, aud each of them his mule one
day of the week. He furnishes them the land, and they farm for
themselves in their own time. Moor rents land for them and him¬
self, too, for his tract is insufficient for his farm. The reader will bear
in mind that each bale spoken of is the equivalent of fifty dollars.
The Moor and Arb case came off about the middle of December, in
the trial justice court.
The morning before the court met the colored people gathered
around the trial justice office, and reasoned on the prospects of the
case. There was Timus, an old friend and neighbor of Moor's,
who believed "E aint no use for ber Moor to bodder wid der case.
Dese wite people aint guine back on one nudder for we, and dese
lawyers just want dey money ; den dey dun kare witch way de case
go." There was Micur, a true friend and neighbor of Moor's, who
said, " Lord, we haffer work in all kind er wedder to meak the crop,
and dese wite people do nutten but teak 'em away "
" They have the law in they hand,'' said Braddo, another friend
and neighbor to Moor, " and do just as they pleas." But Libro, a
colored mechanic of the town, said : " Try the case, anyhow If we
don't try to defend ourself sometime these white people will do us
"Now, I er telling the truth," cried Moor, "the more we teak
off er them the more they wont to put on we."
So the people spoke words of sympathy and doubt for their friend,
our hero, and wore mourning for him on their countenance. And
why should they not do so ? Every one of them had met his fate.
Yea, all of them had seen in the same office and by the very same
trial justice their rights and their earnings taken away But the
greatest thing we see is that there were among them one or two
who had the courage to persevere, amidst the doubt and gloom that
overwhelmed them all.