The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Isaac calls himself Isaac Dotson he is about nineteen years of age, stout made, but rather chunky; broad across his shoulders, he is about five feet five or six inches high, always appears to be in a good humor; laughs a good deal, and runs on with a good deal of foolishness; he is of very light color, almost yellow, might be called a yellow boy; has no perceptible marks.

    They have such a variety of clothing that it is almost useless
    to say anything about them.  No doubt they will change their

    I will give the above reward for them, of one thousand dollars,
    or five hundred dollars for either of them, if taken and lodged
    in any jail in Maryland, so that I get them again.

    Also two of Mr. Dade’s, living in the neighborhood, went the
    same time; no doubt they are all in company together.  THOMAS B.


These passengers reached the Philadelphia station, about the 24th of September, 1856, five days after they escaped from Carroll county.  They were in fine spirits, and had borne the fatigue and privation of travel bravely.  A free and interesting interview took place, between these passengers and the Committee, eliciting much information, especially with regard to the workings of the system on the farms, from which they had the good luck to flee.  Each of the party was thoroughly questioned, about how time had passed with them at home, or rather in the prison house, what kind of men their masters were, how they fed and clothed, if they whipped, bought or sold, whether they were members of church, or not, and many more questions needless to enumerate bearing on the domestic relation which had existed between themselves and their masters.  These queries they answered in their own way, with intelligence.  Upon the whole, their lot in Slavery had been rather more favorable than the average run of slaves.

No record was made of any very severe treatment.  In fact, the notices made of them were very brief, and, but for the elaborate way in which they were described in the “Baltimore Sun,” by their owners, their narratives would hardly be considered of sufficient interest to record.  The heavy rewards, beautiful descriptions, and elegant illustrations in the “Sun,” were very attractive reading.  The Vigilance Committee took the “Sun,” for nothing else under the sun but for this special literature, and for this purpose they always considered the “Sun” a cheap and reliable paper.

A slave man or woman, running for life, he with a bundle on his back or she with a babe in her arms, was always a very interesting sight, and should always be held in remembrance.  Likewise the descriptions given by slave-holders, as a general rule, showed considerable artistic powers and a most thorough knowledge of the physical outlines of this peculiar property.  Indeed, the art must have been studied attentively

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