Wisconsin Congregational Church Life Volume 39-40

Wisconsin Congregational Church Life Volume 39-40

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...was brought to Milwaukee, spirited under cover of darkness to Pewaukee pursued by eminent lawyers of St. Louis, Milwaukee and some wealthy citizens of Prairieville--how the home of Rev. Curtis was watched all night in the belief that she was harbored within. In the morning the pursuers went in a body to Deacon Mendell's, thinking they might extort from him information of the whereabouts of the fugitive. They found the Deacon in the field hilling potatoes. The lawyers demanded to know the Deacon's opinion of the crime of lawbreaking. "Why," the Deacon replied, "I didn't know as hilling potatoes was breaking the law." "You are harboring that slave girl which is against the law," they said. "Well," the Deacon answered, "a bad law is sometimes better broken than obeyed," glancing at his rifle which lay near him in the grass. The sight of the rifle within easy reach of the Deacon cooled the ardor of the slave-hunters somewhat, but they finally summoned courage to ask his permission to search his house. "No, sir, you don't search my house for any slave," said the Deacon sternly, and the crowd went back to Prairieville without accomplishing its purpose. The girl was soon after this taken to Deacon Clinton's and that night Lyman Goodnow and Deacon Mendell put her in the straw in the bottom of a wagon and with Daniel Chandler's best team they started off and finally landed in a place of safety. Mr. Goodnow says, "On my way home in moving my feet around in the straw, I hit something hard; on picking it up it proved to be the longest butcher knife I ever saw. I says, 'Deacon, what's this?' 'Oh, it's something I brought along to pick my teeth with, ' said the Deacon. You can guess what...
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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236884825
  • 9781236884824