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province his future home. About three weeks before the old man's death in 189% Mr. Conant at his earnest request communicated with the forrncr slave's friends in Virginia. An immediate response was received, with the revelation of his real name, an invitation to visit his native state, and an intimation that such a visit might result to his profit, but such was the dread of slavery felt by the man of four-score years, that, with an inquiry respecting a half-brother, he returned an absolute refusal.

In another instance Helen Craft, a slave-wife, whom T. \V. Higginson has described as "quite as white" as his own sisters, dressed herself like a fashionable young planter, and took \Villiam, her husband, along under the guise of a servant. To prevent discovery she feigned invalidism of several sons, rendering her thoroughly dependent upon her faithful servant. Affairs assumed a critical aspect in Baltimore, where, on going to buy tickets for himself and his master, the servant was told that he could not pass on until some responsible white person should give bonds for him. Several times the servant repeated the story that his master was ill, and being on his way to Philadelphia to take medical advice might die if detained. and ended with a most emphatic and effective declaration : " My master cannot be detained". " • Scarcely had they arrived on Canadian soil when the rheumatism departed, the right arm was unslung, the toothache was gone, the beardless face was unmuffled, the deaf heard and spoke, the blind saw and the lame "leaped as an hart".

At neither terminus of the " underground railroad" does any discrimination seem to have been made on the basis of complexion. A representative of a small section of colored Methodists in Ontario, in addressing the General Conference of the Methodist Church recently in Toronto, proved himself a master in hyperbole by


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