" Don't mind that, Pa," said Fend, " we have everything in our
hand still; I nor my children have to work ; what we pay the negro
for his labor now is just a little more than it cost us to take care of
them before the war."
" Yes," replied the aged father, " but we are parting away with.
our land, which is our greatest prop."
" Circumstances," said Fend, " force us to sell a little land just to
get the necessaries of life, but we yet have more than we can culti¬
vate or rent to the negroes."
The want of money is forcing Fend to sell, and the desire of inde¬
pendence is forcing Moor to buy
The following day Timus and Braddo came to be hired by Fend.
" Old massa," said Timus, "you know I kin work."
Fend said " I know it. Had you been with me ever since free¬
dom you would have something to-day However, I'll furnish the
mule and land for a one-horse farm ; you furnish the labor and go
one-third of the expenses and take one-third of the crop ; your pro¬
visions and share of the expenses come out of your share of the
Timus accepted the offer, but Braddo refused, and called on Com¬
mer, saying : " All I want, sir, is good wages ; I'll ge you no trouble
'bout my work."
After they had disputed awhile on the wages, they at last agreed
to this: Commer was to give Braddo $60 for the year, a peck of
corn, two pounds of bacon with salt a week. Braddo contested further,
and was*given every Saturday and enough land for him and family
to run a little farm upon ; but Commer declared : "I wouldn't ge
another nigger such a bargain I ge you, 'cause I want you to lead the
other hands I have."
Commer is one of the "no-blooded" Southerners whose money
was principally made since the war. He is a man of thrift and en¬
terprise. He lives not far from Fend, and has on his farm a store.
Any of his hands may open an account at the store, and all of them
are paid there in money or goods. He has in his employ Fonnit, who
waits in the store, about "the house," and goes off on errands.
Fonnit is the youngest and only surviving son of Sorney, whose sup¬
port depends upon the labor of her son.
In the afternoon of the same day Fection, Commer's son, went to
have the paper drawn up with Chival for the loan of the $500. He