one now, end start fresh to buy 'em. I done with these merchants.
I'll work for wages till I git 'nough money to buy me a mule end
go farm for myself."
When Arb walked off, Timus said to Braddo :
" Mr. Sondy teak my mule and all de crap I meak. I been wid
dese merchants eber since freedom trying to buy er mule, en to-day
I hab no more den I had wen dey set me free. My poor wife en
childen starbin at home ; aint er pint ub meal in my house. I haf-
fer go work wid somebody dis year."
" I, too," said Braddo. "I done wid giten credit and keepen
count wid dese Buckrow. (A term used for white people.) I'll
work for wages wid clem."
Seeing Moor, Timus said : " Ber Moor, der Lord bless you for git
long so good."
" He bless you, too," said Moor, " but you use der blessing wrong.
I been in der same fix you en Braddo in now ; but ebrey time dey
did teak way mer crop, mer mule, and mer cow, der harder I did
work en sabe mer money, so I could git up. I aint up high yet, but
I aint as low down as I been—wen I didn't hab bread for eat en place
for lay mer head. They want to bring me down poor as I been be¬
fore, but God knows they'll never do that. I'll work myself to death
first. Long as we have to lib on they land and git things from them
on credit, they'll do we jist as they please."
This recital of our hero's experience teaches us a philosophy The
fact that he was down urged him to rise. The oppression upon him
he used as stimulants for his ambition, and the spite and scorn of the
world he made to quicken his energies. It is a consolation for the
"lowly" to know that the very means which the "high " use to
keep them down may be indirectly used to set their faculties in ac¬
tion and to advance them.
After the sales, Merce, speaking to Arb about Chival, said : "I'm
sorry I couldn't buy in his property to-day ; but he is not a safe man
to invest money with. He don't know how to make money, and
lives above his income."
" Oh !•" said Arb, "that is the trouble with all our white custom¬
ers. They are always quarreling about high prices, keeping exact
account with us, getting in debt they can't pay, and when you' sue
them they take advantage of all the technicalities in law, and try to
avoid payment. We get but little profit in their trade, for they are
■ our equal in intelligence and before/ the law "