He wont know Polly,my old man wont. Laws, its five year since they tuck him! She was a baby den,couldnt but jist stand. Remember how tickled he used to be, cause she would keep a fallin over, when she sot out to walk. Laws a me!
The rattling of wheels now was heard.
Masr George! said Aunt Chloe, starting to the window.
Mrs. Shelby ran to the entry door, and was folded in the arms of her son. Aunt Chloe stood anxiously straining her eyes out into the darkness.
O, poor Aunt Chloe! said George, stopping compassionately, and taking her hard, black hand between both his; Id have given all my fortune to have brought him with me, but hes gone to a better country.
There was a passionate exclamation from Mrs. Shelby, but Aunt Chloe said nothing.
The party entered the supper-room. The money, of which Chloe was so proud, was still lying on the table.
Thar, said she, gathering it up, and holding it, with a trembling hand, to her mistress, dont never want to see nor hear on t again. Jist as I knew t would be,sold, and murdered on dem ar old plantations!
Chloe turned, and was walking proudly out of the room. Mrs. Shelby followed her softly, and took one of her hands, drew her down into a chair, and sat down by her.
My poor, good Chloe! said she.
Chloe leaned her head on her mistress shoulder, and sobbed out, O Missis! scuse me, my hearts broke,dats all!
I know it is, said Mrs. Shelby, as her tears fell fast; and I cannot heal it, but Jesus can. He healeth the broken hearted, and bindeth up their wounds.
There was a silence for some time, and all wept together. At last, George, sitting down beside the mourner, took her hand, and, with simple pathos, repeated the triumphant scene of her husbands death, and his last messages of love.
About a month after this, one morning, all the servants of the Shelby estate were convened together in the great hall that ran through the house, to hear a few words from their young master.
To the surprise of all, he appeared among them with a bundle of papers in his hand, containing a certificate of freedom to every one on the place, which he read successively, and presented, amid the sobs and tears and shouts of all present.
Many, however, pressed around him, earnestly begging him not to send them away; and, with anxious faces, tendering back their free papers.
We dont want to be no freer than we are. Wes allers had all we wanted. We dont want to leave de ole place, and Masr and Missis, and de rest!
My good friends, said George, as soon as he could get a silence, therell be no need for you to leave me. The place wants as many hands to work it as it did before. We need the same about the house that we did before. But, you are now free men and free women. I shall pay you wages for your work, such as we shall agree on. The advantage is, that in case of my getting in debt, or dying,things that might happen,you cannot now be taken up and sold. I expect to carry on the estate, and to teach you what, perhaps, it will take you some time to learn,how to use the rights I give you as free men
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