The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Of his ministry and connection with the Church, he spoke with feelings of apparent solemnity, evidently under the impression that the little flock he left would be without a shepherd.  Of his master, Captain Samuel Le Count, of the U.S.  Navy, he had not one good word to speak; at least nothing of the kind is found on the Record Book; but, on the contrary, he declared that “he was very hard on his servants, allowing them no chance whatever to make a little ready money for themselves.”  So in turning his face towards the Underground Rail Road, and his back against slavery, he felt that he was doing God service.

The Committee regarded him as a remarkable man, and was much impressed with his story, and felt it to be a privilege and a pleasure to aid him.

Lewis Francis was a man of medium size, twenty-seven years of age, good-looking and intelligent.  He stated that he belonged to Mrs. Delinas, of Abingdon, Harford Co., Md., but that he had been hired out from a boy to a barber in Baltimore.  For his hire his mistress received eight dollars per month.

To encourage Lewis, his kind-hearted mistress allowed him out of his own wages the sum of two dollars and fifty cents per annum!  His clothing he got as best he could, but nothing did she allow him for that purpose.  Even with this arrangement she had been dissatisfied of late years, and thought she was not getting enough out of Lewis; she, therefore, talked strongly of selling him.  This threat was very annoying to Lewis, so much so, that he made up his mind that he would one day let her see, that so far as he was concerned, it was easier to talk of selling than it would be to carry out her threat.

With this growing desire for freedom he gained what little light he could on the subject of traveling, Canada, etc., and at a given time off he started on his journey and found his way to the Committee, who imparted substantial aid as usual.

Alexander Munson, alias Samuel Garrett.  This candidate for Canada was only eighteen years of age; a well-grown lad, however, and had the one idea that “all men were born free” pretty deeply rooted in his mind.  He was quite smart, and of a chestnut color.  By the will of his original owner, the slaves were all entitled to their freedom, but it appeared, from Alexander’s story, that the executor of the estate did not regard this freedom clause in the will.  He had already sold some of the slaves, and others—­he among them—­were expecting to be sold before coming into possession of their freedom.  Two of them had been sold to Alabama, therefore, with these evil warnings, young Alexander resolved to strike out at once for Canada, despite Maryland slave-holders.  With this bold and manly spirit he succeeded, of course.

Anna Scott and husband, Samuel Scott.  This couple escaped from Cecil Cross-Roads, Md.  The wife, in this instance, evidently took the lead, and acted the more manly part in striking for freedom; therefore, our notice of this arrival will chiefly relate to her..

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