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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
and windows prepared to go to the upper rooms.
there were no stairs had to use alader. took the
gun ax and water up. put out the fire. carried the
babe up. then sister. by this time it ws dark. I
carried up candles to last all night. sister and
babe were both screaming but stoped crying
when Mother brought up alighted. She drew
drew up the ladder placed it over the opening.
the babe and sister went to sleep. mother said
for me to go to bed. I was not sleepy but went to
bed. she sit up kniting. I could not sleep. thought
it was neglecting mother for me to go to bed.
Father had said I was my Mother right hand.
would tell me when he was leaving home to take
good care of mother and the Children. we hadnt
been still more than an hour when the dogs began
barking. Mother set the light in abox hung blankets
around it to darken the room. we knew by the
fuss the dogs were making some-body was in
the yard. I was veary much frightend till mother
told me she thought it im-possi-ble for any body
to get in and if they did she would shoot when
she could see if they attempted to com up. we
didn't have long to wait but soon knew it was
the runaway Negro. he fought the dogs ran them
under the house.
page 26 sa May 1834
talked and yealled. We could not understand his
gib-ber-ish. the dogs at-tacked him several times
but he would whip them. they would run under
the house. bark howl and whine. both the Children
woke and added theire cries to the horrid din.
the negro tried to open the doors and windows
tried to break them down with afence rail.
Mother would have shot if she could have got
sight of him. he staid in the yard nearly all night.
then robed the Chicken house. we could heare
the Chickens where he carrid them away. Mother
hisst on the dogs they followed him some
distance. she waited till the dogs came back then
moved us down to the room below. She didnt
open the doors. said she would sleep and if the
negro returned she would shoot at him. She had
not slept but afew minutes when there was an-
other commotion among the dogs. it was daylight.
we Cold see through an opening betwen the logs
two men with acart and oxen. Mother opened
the door. the travlers were germans mr. Haber-
macker and son Stephen from Harrisburg going
to mr. Staffords to work on the cotton gin. it was
agreat relief to meet them. they had met Father.
Said he wold be home the next day. the old
gentelman couldnt speek english but the son
could. they had camped neare our house heard
the dogs thought they were after game. said the
negro must have heard them as they were
page 26 continued
the germans staid with us till uncle James wame
home. they expected to have got to our house
by eight oclock bu could not see the house.)
Father came home had bad news Mexico had
sent more troops to anuchek and aman-of-war
to blockade the port at Galveston-island. the
runawa negro staid in the neighborhood several
months the men tried to Capture him but didnt
succeed a mr. Battle made friends with the afrcan
negro. feed and tried to get him in the house but
the negro was to smart. Mr. Battle Cought him
and tried to tie him but the negro cut Mr. Battle
severely. he then left our neighborhood crossed
the Brazos and Colordo rivers. made his way to
the Navadad bottom. was often seen by travlers.
was called the wild man of the Navadad. it was
said there was anegro woman with him. some
said it was an indan squaw. others said aschooner
with africans had been lost on the western coast
and several negros made theire escape. I never
heard any thing more about the africans) note
after Gen. Santa Anna invaded texas in 36 if the
Wild Man of the Navadad was Ben Fort Smith
negro he probaly left texas with Gen. Filisolos
army on theire retreat. Father said he would have
thought Mother was only scared if the negro's
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