A novelization of a play.
o' years younger I'd take it outer yo' hide with a carriage whip. Hol' on dar," as Jeems Henry eluded his grasp and began to move away. "Which way you gwine? You hear me? Now den!"
"I gwine up de river," replied Jeems Henry, badgered at last into revealing his plan. Then, after a cautious look around,--"to Chickahominy Swamp," he added in lower tones.
Uncle Billy cocked his ears. Here was news indeed.
"Chickahominy, huh! So de Yankees is up dar, is dey? An' what you think you gwine to do when you git to 'em?"
"Wuck 'roun de camp," replied Jeems Henry with some vagueness.
"Doin' what?" was the relentless query.
"Blackin' de gent'men's boots--an'--an' gittin' paid fer it," Jeems Henry stammered in reply. "It's better'n being a slave, Unc' Billy," he added as he saw the sneer of contempt on the faithful old man's face. "An' ef you wan' sech a crazy ol' fool, you'd come along wid me, too."
At this combination of temptation and insult Uncle Billy's eyes narrowed wit
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