Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 1, Number 10, September, 1991 Page: 318
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
ran the press up against them so they could not change
their position. In this uncomfortable position they were left
for twenty-four hours. This method proved unsuccessful;
so the Negroes were placed on red ant beds for a short
time, but they still refused to talk.
Most tellingly, she interviewed another former slave, Char-
lie Phillips, who stated (on page 39) that "there was no up-
rising planned, that the entire trouble was caused by a lie that
a Negro named Tom told his master, Mr. Tooke." This in-
formation ties in quite well with a report on the rebellion in
the Galveston Tri-Weekly News of September 6, 1856,
which identifies the man who discovered the rebellion as
"Mr. Toake." The man in question may have been John
Tooke, who owned 10 slaves in 1850 and 18 in 1860, or
Allen Tooke (2 slaves in 1860), David Tooke (21 in 1860),
Isam Tooke (31 in 1860), or Joseph G. Tooke (2 in 1860).
What is interesting and important is the corroboration of the
story told by Phillips, for it is almost certain that neither he
nor Shaw had access to 1856 editions of the Galveston
newspaper in 1939. It can only be assumed that Phillips
came by the name Tooke from a basically honest source and
that therefore the rest of his tale, that the rebellion was in
fact fabricated, might also be true.
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