back home, en marry Poster ; I don't wan't my niggers to have any¬
thing for do wid udder niggers. Stay en marry right yar to-
gedder ' "
"Oh, my ! " said Virtrue. " Both of you were broken off from
pre-engagements. It must have grieved you a long time ? "
" Not me. Omun cry en went on for some time."
When Poster concluded, Fonnit said to his intended wife : " The
preacher ought to ask God to take the old slavery out of our people
as well as the old Adam. That poor man is dead to the feelings of
"That's true," said Virtrue. "But all the bad breeding, ill
habits, and awkwardness that our people have are the unavoidable
effects of slavery I am surprised that the customs of old didn't
suppress every good and noble desire in them beyond redemption.
Their habits may be ridiculous, but their inner qualities of endur¬
ance are admirable. It's a blessing to us that we were born in free
"Yes," said Fonnit, squeezing her hands, "but the blessing of
our marriage is the next one I want to enjoy "
During the holidays Fend's youngest son, Terry, and Prommy,.
(both of twelve years) went hunting. After killing several game
they made up a little fire in the woods and sat down to rest. Re¬
marked Terry : "I wish the holidays would last a month, then we'd
have all the time we want to sport."
Prommy said: "Yes, but we'll have to stay from school too
" I don't see why you want to go to school so ; if I was a black
boy I wouldn't bother with education, for it wouldn't do me any
good. You see all the black people working in the field and all the
white people sitting in the house tending to business."
" Look at Mr. Pollit and them holding office, they are black. If
I get my education I may hold office too."
" No you won t; pa says soon as they elect a Democratic President
they'll take the office from Pollit and Ticcian and no more black
men will hold any."
Here an important phase in the life of the two races is discovered,
even in the small talk of the boys. They both go to school, but
prospects stimulate the one and vanity is held up to the discourage¬
ment of the other The colored pupil is prompted only by his natu-