The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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who got on with Miles.  The conductor then hoisted all the windows, took out the cushions, and unhitched the horses.  But Miles and his party stood it bravely; Miles burning all the time with indignation at this exhibition of prejudice in the city of Brotherly Love.  The war was then raging fiercely, and as Miles then felt, he was almost prepared to say, he didn’t care which beat, as the woman said, when she saw her husband and the bear wrestling.  He was compelled to admit that this prejudice was akin to slavery, and gave to slavery its chief support.

The occupants of the horseless car, which was being aired so thoroughly, remained in it for a length of time, until they had sufficiently borne their testimony, and they too quietly forsook it.

Prior to this event, by his industry and hard-earned savings, Miles had become the owner of a comfortable brick house, and had made up his mind to remain a citizen of Philadelphia, but the spirit which prompted the aforesaid treatment called up within him reflections somewhat similar to those aroused by Slavery, and it was not a great while before he offered his property for sale, including his business stand, resolving to return to Boston.  He received an offer for his property, accepted it, pulled up stakes, and again hopefully turned his face thitherward.  The ambitious Miles commenced business in Chelsea, near Boston, where he purchased himself a comfortable home; and he has ever since been successfully engaged in the sale of kerosene oil.  Instead of seeking pleasure in the banjo, as he was wont to do in Virginia, he now finds delight in the Baptist Church, Rev. Mr. Grimes’, of which he is a prominent member, and in other fields of usefulness tending to elevate and better the condition of society generally.

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“He ought to be put in a cage and kept for a show,” said Anna Brown, daughter of the hero, John Brown, at the house of the writer, where she happened to meet the above named Underground Rail Road passenger.  He had then just returned from Canada, after being a Refugee four years.  In the mean time through the war and the Proclamation of Father Abraham the fetters had been torn from the limbs of the slave, and the way to Richmond was open to all.  John William on this occasion was on his way thither to see how his brethren together with their old oppressors looked facing each other as freemen.  Miss Anna Brown was en route to Norfolk, where she designed to teach a school of the unfettered bondmen.  The return of the Refugee was as unexpected as it was gratifying.  Scarcely had the cordial greetings of the writer and his family ended and the daughter of Brown been introduced before the writer was plying his Refugee guest with a multiplicity of questions relative to his sojourn in Canada, etc

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