The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Pascal fled from Virginia, and accused Bannon and Brady of doing violence to his liberty.  He had, however, been in their clutches only a short while before escaping, but that short while seemed almost an age, as he was treated so meanly by them compared with the treatment which he had experienced under his former master.

According to Pascal’s story, which was evidently true, his previous master was his own father (John Quantence), who had always acknowledged Pascal as his child, whom he did not scruple to tell people he should set free; that he did not intend that he should serve anybody else.  But, while out riding one day, he was thrown from his horse and instantly killed.  Naturally enough, no will being found, his effects were all administered upon and Pascal was sold with the farm.  Bannon and Brady were the purchasers, at least of Pascal.  In their power, immediately the time of trouble began with Pascal, and so continued until he could no longer endure it.  “Hoggishness,” according to Pascal’s phraseology, was the most predominant trait in the character of his new masters.  In his mournful situation and grief he looked toward Canada and started with courage and hope, and thus succeeded.  Such deliverances always afforded very great joy to the Committee.

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FEET SLIT FOR RUNNING AWAY, FLOGGED, STABBED, STAYED IN THE HOLLOW OF A BIG POPLAR TREE, VISITED BY A SNAKE, ABODE IN A CAVE.  The coming of the passengers here noticed was announced in the subjoined letter from Thomas Garrett: 

    WILMINGTON, 11th Mo. 25th, 1857.

RESPECTED FRIEND, WILLIAM STILL:—­I write to inform thee, that Captain Fountain has arrived this evening from the South with three men, one of which is nearly naked, and very lousy.  He has been in the swamps of Carolina for eighteen months past.  One of the others has been some time out.  I would send them on to-night, but will have to provide two of them with some clothes before they can be sent by rail road.  I have forgotten the number of thy house.  As most likely all are more or less lousy, having been compelled to sleep together, I thought best to write thee so that thee may get a suitable place to take them to, and meet them at Broad and Prime streets on the arrival of the cars, about 11 o’clock to-morrow evening.  I have engaged one of our men to take them to his house, and go to Philadelphia with them to-morrow evening.  Johnson who will accompany them is a man in whom we can confide.  Please send me the number of thy house when thee writes.


This epistle from the old friend of the fugitive, Thomas Garrett, excited unusual interest.  Preparation was immediately made to give the fugitives a kind reception, and at the same time to destroy their plagues, root and branch, without mercy.

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