The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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The next on the list was George Dorsey, a comrade of Charles.  He was a young man, of medium size, mixed blood, intelligent, and a brave fellow as will appear presently.

This party in order to get over the road as expeditiously as possible, availed themselves of their master’s horses and wagon and moved off civilly and respectably.  About nine miles from home on the road, a couple of white men, finding their carriage broken down approached them, unceremoniously seized the horses by the reins and were evidently about to assume authority, supposing that the boys would surrender at once.  But instead of so doing, the boys struck away at them with all their might, with their large clubs, not even waiting to hear what these superior individuals wanted.  The effect of the clubs brought them prostrate in the road, in an attitude resembling two men dreaming, (it was in the night.) The victorious passengers, seeing that the smashed up carriage could be of no further use to them, quickly conceived the idea of unhitching and attempting further pursuit on horseback.  Each horse was required to carry three passengers.  So up they mounted and off they galloped with the horses’ heads turned directly towards Pennsylvania.  No further difficulty presented itself until after they had traveled some forty miles.  Here the poor horses broke down, and had to be abandoned.  The fugitives were hopeful, but of the difficulties ahead they wot not; surely no flowery beds of ease awaited them.  For one whole week they were obliged to fare as they could, out in the woods, over the mountains, &c.  How they overcame the trials in this situation we cannot undertake to describe.  Suffice it to say, at the end of the time above mentioned they managed to reach Harrisburg and found assistance as already intimated.

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George and Angeline, (who was his sister) with her two boys had a considerable amount of white blood in their veins, and belonged to a wealthy man by the name of George Schaeffer, who was in the milling business.  They were of one mind in representing him as a hard man.  “He would often threaten to sell, and was very hard to please.”  George and Angeline left their mother and ten brothers and sisters.

Jane was a well-grown girl, smart, and not bad-looking, with a fine brown skin, and was also owned by Schaeffer.

Letters from the enterprising Charlotte and Harriet (arrival No. 1), brought the gratifying intelligence, that they had found good homes in Western New York, and valued their freedom highly.  Three out of quite a number of letters received from them from time to time are subjoined.

    SENNETT, June, 1856.

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