The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,446 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.

The system of oppression from which these travelers fled had afforded them no privileges in the way of learning to read.  All that they had ever known of civilization was what they perchance picked up in the ordinary routine of the field.

Notice of the fourth passenger unfortunately is missing.

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Elizabeth fled in company with her brother the winter previous to her arrival at the Philadelphia station.  Although she reached free land the severe struggle cost her the loss of all her toes.  Four days and nights out in the bitter cold weather without the chance of a fire left them a prey to the frost, which made sad havoc with their feet especially—­particularly Elizabeth’s.  She was obliged to stop on the way, and for seven months she was unable to walk.

Elizabeth was about twenty years of age, chestnut color, and of considerable natural intellect.  Although she suffered so severely as the result of her resolution to throw off the yoke, she had no regrets at leaving the prison-house; she seemed to appreciate freedom all the more in consequence of what it cost her to obtain the prize.

In speaking of the life she had lived, she stated that her mistress was “good enough,” but her “master was a very bad man.”  His name was Samuel Ward; he lived in Baltimore county, near Wrightstown.  Elizabeth left her mother, four brothers and one sister under the yoke.

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Mary arrived from Delaware, Moses from Norfolk, Virginia, and happened to meet at the station in Philadelphia.

Mary was twenty years of age, of a chestnut color, usual size, and well disposed.  She fled from Nathaniel Herne, an alderman.  Mary did not find fault with the alderman, but she could not possibly get along with his wife; this was the sole cause of her escape.

Moses was twenty-four years of age, of a chestnut color, a bright-looking young man.  He fled from Norfolk, Virginia, having been owned by the estate of John Halters.  Nothing but the prevailing love of liberty in the breast of Moses moved him to seek his freedom.  He did not make one complaint of bad treatment.

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John escaped from near Washington.  He stated that he was owned by an engraver, known by the name of William Stone, and added that himself and seven others were kept working on the farm of said Stone for nothing.  John did not, however, complain of having a hard master in this hard-named personage, (Stone); for, as a slave, he confessed that he had seen good times.  Yet he was not satisfied; he felt that he had a right to his freedom, and that he could not possibly be contented while deprived of it, for this reason, therefore, he dissolved his relationship with his kind master.

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