that all live stock should be kept in confinement by their owner, and
not trespass upon other than their owners land. Commer had the
cows shut up in his pasture, and then said : " Go tell Mr. Fend he
can send and get his cow free of charge ; but let Moor's alone.
Every day I keep his cow shut up he'll have to pay me for my trouble,
and also pay the damages it done by trespassing on my land."
He said this to his son Fection. Fonnit heard it and immediately
went and informed Moor, who was at that time busily preparing his
land for planting.
After hearing Moor's apology for the cow being out, Commer said :
" I can't help that; you must pay me what the law allows. I didn't
make the storm blow down your pasture fence. Pay me five dollars,
or I'll keep the cow "
The money was paid right away, and Moor returned home.
Fection thought that the other cows belonged to Chival.
His desire to see Fairy and to have an excuse for going to her
residence made him apparently certain. He went. Fairy, being the
only one of the family at home, invited him in the parlor, where
they chatted lovingly till Chival and Quallet came.
" The cows are not mine," said Chival ; " but I'm glad to hear
how you treated Moor. That's what we made that stock law for.
Before it was in operation the negroes' cattle lived and increased fast
on the grass of the forest. Now, none but those that have land or
rented pastures can keep stock. The poor ones like Timus are un¬
able to feed their cows, even in other people's pastures ; so they can't
keep any, you see."
When Fection left for home, Chival said to Fairy: "Daughter,
you shouldn't have entertained Fection in the parlor. Of course.
he can come in, speak to me, and go out, like a nigger, but when I
am absent, tell him to call again, and don't invite him in."
Quallet reminded her daughter that " he's not your equal—not a
gentleman ; be careful, please."
Fairy listened attentively to her parents, and appeared as though
she had committed a crime. In their opinion she had. But it was
done because her thoughts were not upon caste—they were all cent¬
ered in him who had absorbed her affections. Their meeting to-day
inflamed their mutual love, which now begins to burn in each other's
The next day Fection sent Fairy a letter by Fonnit. Fearing that