like impression on Fection, who was also encouraged in his liking of
her by the hospitality her parents gave him. The next day he
returned with the pigeons, which were received with every grace
that becomes a lady. They gazed on each other a while, they smiled
About this time a rumor in Moor's community that the public
schools would not run out their usual four months, aroused the col¬
ored people and caused Moor to go to Villa and see the school com¬
missioner. On arriving there he found the school commissioner in
consultation with the trustees of the various school districts. He
was asked to retire and wait a few hours. The commissioner then
said to Fend, Chival and other trustees for Moor's district, that " the
negroes are still grumbling about the short term of the school."
Chival said: "They better be glad with what term they get.
Left to me their children would be in the cotton patch and not the
" I am sick of free schools. If I were able my children shouldn't
attend one. It's a gathering together of the high and low children,
and may destroy their ideas of social rank. The negroes ought to
be glad for the term we run their school, because we pay most of the
taxes," said Fend.
" Well, I think we might let them get a little learning," replied
Chival. "I don't know what for except to make them get beside
" We used a part of the appropriation to build school-houses, so
the colored school can't last but three months."
When they adjourned Moor returned, and being told the cause of
the short term, said: "Why they build no school-house for we.
Our church been our school-house ever sence freedom."
The commissioner laughed, and said: "Well, I have to go to
dinner, now "
Before leaving for home Moor told Libro of what occurred. The
latter said : "If it hadn't been for the charity of the Northern peo¬
ple and our own exertion the colored school here wouldn't last but
three months." ^
" God bless the Northern people," said Moor. "They tryen to
help us, wile dese buckra we been serben all our days tryen to keep
Moor returned home, called his friends together at the school-