The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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trouble in the State; but we have the military here, and if they can keep Georgia out of the Union about a year or two longer, and the colored people continue to live as they have been doing, from what I hear, perhaps these rebels will learn a little more sense.  I have been in Atlanta for some time, but did not stay until the Legislature was organized; but I was there when colored members returned and took their seats.  It was rather a stormy time in the House; but no blood was shed.  Since then there has been some ‘sticking;’ but I don’t think any of the colored ones were in it.”

In the neighborhood of Eufaula, Ala., in December, 1870, Mrs. Harper did a good work, as may be seen from the following extract taken from a letter, dated December 9th: 

“Last evening I visited one of the plantations, and had an interesting time.  Oh, how warm was the welcome!  I went out near dark, and between that time and attending my lecture, I was out to supper in two homes.  The people are living in the old cabins of slavery; some of them have no windows, at all, that I see; in fact, I don’t remember of having seen a pane of window-glass in the settlement.  But, humble as their homes were, I was kindly treated, and well received; and what a chance one has for observation among these people, if one takes with her a manner that unlocks other hearts.  I had quite a little gathering, after less, perhaps, than a day’s notice; the minister did not know that I was coming, till he met me in the afternoon.  There was no fire in the church, and so they lit fires outside, and we gathered, or at least a number of us, around the fire.  To-night I am going over to Georgia to lecture.  In consequence of the low price of cotton, the people may not be able to pay much, and I am giving all my lectures free.  You speak of things looking dark in the South; there is no trouble here that I know of—­cotton is low, but the people do not seem to be particularly depressed about it; this emigration question has been on the carpet, and I do not wonder if some of them, with their limited knowledge, lose hope in seeing full justice done to them, among their life-long oppressors; Congress has been agitating the St. Domingo question; a legitimate theme for discussion, and one that comes nearer home, is how they can give more security and strength to the government which we have established in the South—­for there has been a miserable weakness in the security to human life.  The man with whom I stopped, had a son who married a white woman, or girl, and was shot down, and there was, as I understand, no investigation by the jury; and a number of cases have occurred of murders, for which the punishment has been very lax, or not at all, and, it may be, never will be; however, I rather think things are somewhat quieter.  A few days ago a shameful outrage occurred at this place—­some men had been out fox hunting, and came to the door of a colored woman and demanded entrance, making
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