The Colonel's Dream

By Charles W. Chesnutt

Gents have been seated, one March morning in 189—, within the deepest place of work of French and corporate, restricted, on reduce Broadway. Mr. Kirby, the junior partner—a guy of thirty-five, with brown hair and mustache, clean-cut, good-looking positive aspects, and an alert demeanour, was once smoking cigarettes nearly as quickly as he may perhaps roll them, and while looking at the electrical clock upon the wall and getting up every now and then to stride restlessly backward and forward around the room.

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An’ ef I family jus’ git wo’d ter de correct w’ite fogeys, I’ll be outer right here in part a’ hour; dey’ll pass my bail. ” “They can’t cross yo’ bail to-night, fer the squire’s long gone domestic. I’ll convey you a few bread and meat, an’ a few whiskey if you would like it, and you’ll be attempted to-morrow mornin’. ” outdated Peter nonetheless protested. “You niggers are continually kickin’,” stated the constable, who was once now not with no convinced grim experience of humour, and never above speaking to a Negro while there have been no white parents round to speak to, or to hear. “I by no means see humans so demanding to fulfill. You ain’ acquired no domestic, an’ the following I’ve provide’ you a spot to sleep, an’ you’re kickin’. You doan recognize from in the future to a different the place you’ll git yo’ nutrients, an’ I give you bread and meat and whiskey—an’ you’re kickin’! you are saying you can’t git nothin’ to do, an’ yit with the possibility of a reg’lar activity befo’ you to-morrer— you’re kickin’! I by no means see the beat of it in all my bo’n days. ” whilst the constable, chuckling at his personal humour, left the guardhouse, he chanced on his strategy to a close-by barroom, stored by means of one Clay Jackson, a spot with an evil popularity because the lodge of white males of a low classification. so much crimes of violence within the city might be traced to its impact, and multiple were devoted inside of its partitions. “Has Mr. Turner been in right here? ” demanded Haines of the fellow dependable. The bartender, with a backward stream of his thumb, indicated a door beginning right into a room on the rear. the following the constable chanced on his man—a burly, bearded colossal, with a crimson face, a crafty eye and an overbearing demeanour. He had a bottle and a pitcher sooner than him, and was once unsociably consuming on my own. “Howdy, Haines,” acknowledged Turner, “How’s issues? what percentage have you ever received this time? ” “I’ve acquired 3 rounded up, Mr. Turner, an’ I’ll take in one other befo’ evening. That’ll make fo’—fifty cash fer me, an’ the res’ fer the squire. ” “That’s good,” rejoined Turner. “Have a tumbler of liquor. How a lot do you s’pose the Squire’ll advantageous Bud? ” “Well,” responded Haines, consuming down the glass of whiskey at a gulp, “I reckon approximately twenty-five cash. ” “You could make it fifty simply as easy,” stated Turner. “Niggers are all only a passell o’ black fools. Bud might ’a’ b’en out now, if it had n’t be’n for me. i purchased him fer six months. I stored shut watch of him for the 1st 5, after which alongside to’ds the center er the las’ month I permit on I’d received keerliss, an’ he run away. path I placed the dawgs on ’im, an’ ’im right here, the place his girl is, an’ received you after ’im, and now he’s sturdy for 6 months extra. ” “The girl is a probable gal an’ an exceptional cook,” stated Haines. “ She’d be wuth a very good ’eal to you out on the stockade. ” “That’s a shore fact,” spoke back the opposite, “an’ i want one other strong girl to aid aroun’. If we’d ’a’ considered it, an’ supply’ her an opportunity to conceal Bud and feed him befo’ you took ’im up, shall we ’a’ filed a cost ag’inst her for harborin’ ’im. ” “Well, I relatives do it nex’ time, fer he’ll run away ag’in—they continually do. Bud’s acquired a vile mood. ” “Yes, yet he’s a great field-hand, and I’ll hold his mood down.

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