Mr. Shelby was angry. ‘Haley knew I didn’t want to sell the child,’ he said. ‘He will blame me for this.’
One person only was quite silent, and that was Aunt Chloe. She went on, making the breakfast as if she heard and saw nothing of the excitement round her.
All the little black boys belonging to the house thought it was fine fun. Very soon, about a dozen young imps were roosting, like so many crows, on the railings, waiting for Haley to come. They wanted to see how angry he would be, when he heard the news.
And he was dreadfully angry. The little nigger boys thought it was grand. They shouted and laughed and made faces at him to their hearts’ content.
At last Haley became so angry, that Mr. Shelby offered to give him two men to help him to find Eliza.
But these two men, Sam and Andy, knew quite well that Mrs. Shelby did not want Eliza to be caught, so they put off as much time as they could.
They let loose their horses and Haley’s too. Then they frightened and chased them, till they raced like mad things all over the great lawns which surrounded the house.
Whenever it seemed likely that a horse would be caught, Sam ran up, waving his hat and shouting wildly, ‘Now for it! Cotch him! Cotch him!’ This frightened the horses so much that they galloped off faster than before.
Haley rushed up and down, shouting and using dreadful, naughty words, and stamping with rage all the time.
At last, about twelve o’clock, Sam came riding up with Haley’s horse. ‘He’s cotched,’ he said, seemingly very proud of himself. ’I cotched him!’
Of course, now it was too late to start before dinner. Besides, the horses were so tired with all their running about, that they had to have a rest.
When at last they did start, Sam led them by a wrong road. So the sun was almost setting before they arrived at the village where Haley hoped to find Eliza.
When Eliza left Uncle Tom’s cabin, she felt very sad and lonely. She knew she was leaving all the friends she had ever had behind her.
At first Harry was frightened. Soon he grew sleepy. ’Mother, I don’t need to keep awake, do I?’ he said.
‘No, my darling, sleep, if you want to.’
‘But, mother, if I do get asleep, you won’t let the bad man take me?’
‘You’re sure, an’t you, mother?’
Harry dropped his little weary head upon her shoulder, and was soon fast asleep.
Eliza walked on and on, never resting, all through the night. When the sun rose, she was many miles away from her old home. Still she walked on, only stopping, in the middle of the day, to buy a little dinner for herself and Harry at a farm-house.
At last, when it was nearly dark, she arrived at a village, on the banks of the river Ohio. If she could only get across that river, Eliza felt she would be safe.