" War use is e for we for work wen we can't keep war we work
for? " said an unknown voice.
We do not know how often the same views have been expressed
and the exact effect they have had on those who said and heard
them ; but this we do know: A people whose right to the fruit of
their labor is not maintained by the law of the land will have a ten¬
dency to despair, carelessness, and slothfulness. Only those among
them who possess extraordinary courage, ambition, and industry
will venture in what seems to them the forlorn hope of attaining
It was now near Christmas. White and colored from the country
were daily thronging the streets of Villa, and the mercantile busi¬
ness was most lively Irrespective of race or color they met each
other on Christmas eve with the "Merry Christmas," and parted
with the "treat! " During the holidays some were to engage in
religious services, some in the sports of the field, and in the mar¬
riage ceremony, while others were preparing for festivals and enter¬
tainments. At Braddo's house a party of young people met to
have their usual entertainment. Shortly after they assembled Poster
came in and gave some of his experience.
" In old times, wen we use to hav party we had to send one uv de
mens out door to look for de patrol, and dem dat stay in de house
had to talk in er wisperin' way en dance en walk 'bout easy, so dey
couldn't make noise. Den we had to git back home 'fore de driver
miss we, for old massa didn't 'low we for go to party off de planta¬
" You couldn't have had much enjoyment," said Virtrue,.a young
lady that was engaged to marry Fonnit the next winter.
"We had plenty," answered Poster, "cos er been so seldom dat
we see people on annudder plantation tell euse to meak we boys feel
good ef we could jist look at er strange lady, widout talkin' en
dancin' wid 'em."
"Well," continued Virtrue, " suppose you fell in love with the
strange lady, could you go to see her if she permitted?"
" Yes, but in secret, en ef you want to marry 'em you had to git
leav from your massa. I been want to marry er gal off massa plan¬
tation, but he wouldn't let me. One Sunday ebenin' massa call me
en Omun to de house en say, i Poster, you must marry Ornun and not
dat Chatol's girl ; en Omun, you must send that strange nigger