The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Roney, in search of his boy, Tucker White; the Major was very anxious to recover him, and he would gladly reward Mr. W. or anybody else who would aid him in the matter.”  He then asked Mr. W. if he knew anything of his whereabouts.  Mr. W. replied:  “I do not at present; for a long time I have heard nothing of him.  I must tell you that I am very sorry that Major Roney gave himself the trouble to send all the way to Philadelphia to re-capture his ’boy Tucker White,’ and with regard to giving information or assistance, I know of but one or two men in this city who would be mean enough to stoop to do such dirty work.  Geo. F. Alberti, a notorious kidnapper, and E.D.  Ingraham, equally as notorious as a counsel of slave-hunters whom everybody here despises, might have served you in this matter.  I know no others to recommend; if anybody can find the ‘boy,’ they can.  But should they find him they will be obliged to take legal steps in arresting him before they can proceed.  In such a case, instead of assisting Major Roney, I should feel bound to assist Tucker White by throwing every obstacle that I possibly could in the way of his being carried back to Virginia; and to close the matter I wish it to be understood that I do not desire to hold any further correspondence with Major Roney, of Dinwiddie, Virginia, about his ‘boy,’ Tucker White.”



Neither in personal appearance, manners, nor language, were any traces of the Peculiar Institution visible in Mary Millburn.  On the contrary, she represented a young lady, with a passable education, and very refined in her deportment.  She had eaten the white bread of Slavery, under the Misses Chapman, and they had been singularly kind to her, taking special pains with her in regard to the company she should keep, a point important to young girls, so liable to exposure as were the unprotected young females of the South.  She being naturally of a happy disposition, obliging, competent, there was but little room for any jars in the household, so far as Mary was concerned.  Notwithstanding all this, she was not satisfied; Slavery in its most dreaded aspect, was all around her, continually causing the heart to bleed and eyes to weep of both young and old.  The auction-block and slave-pen were daily in view.  Young girls as promising as herself, she well knew, had to be exposed, examined, and sold to the vilest slave-holders living.

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With her knowledge of the practical wickedness of the system, how could she be satisfied?  It was impossible!  She determined to escape.  She could be accommodated, but with no favored mode of travel.  No flowery beds of ease could be provided in her case, any more than in the case of others.  Mary took the Underground Rail Road enterprise into consideration.  The opportunity of a passage on

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