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    CHAPTER XVI.
  --  SOLICITING HELP ABROAD TO BUY A MOTHER.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XVIII.
  --  VISIT TO OBERLIN, AND SOME OF THE RESCUERS: AND THENCE
  --  TO NEW YORK.

Mattison, Hiram
Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon

- CHAPTER XVII. -- LOUISA IS IDENTIFIED IN OHIO BY A FELLOW-TRAVELER.

CHAPTER XVII.
LOUISA IS IDENTIFIED IN OHIO BY A FELLOW-TRAVELER.


" While in Ohio, going from Xenia to Springfield in the cars," says Mrs. P., "I was expecting a letter to be left in the cook-house, at the depot, for me. I had got my seat in the cars, and wanted to leave a message with the cook about the letter. A gentleman was goin' out, and I stopped him, and asked him if he'd be kind enough to take this message to the cook. He did so, and came back and told me what the cook said; and then took a seat about five or six seats back of me, on the opposite side. As he took his seat, a lady asked him, thinkin' he knew all about me, how that woman got along raisin' money to buy her mother? He asked her, what woman? She said, that colored woman you was speakin' to just

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now. He told her she was mistaken; he was not speakin' to any colored woman. She insisted on it that he was. He told her, no; it was that lady in front, who was givin' him some directions about a letter--and was pointin' toward me.

"Just at that time I was turnin' round to hand my book to a gentleman sittin' just behind me. The moment the first gentleman saw my face there, he asked a gentleman before him if I didn't come from Mobile, Alabama. He said he believed I did. He asked if my mother's name wan't Elizabeth? He laughed, and said, yes, I believe that's the name.

"Then the first gentleman came to me, and, after speakin' and bowin', he asked me if I knew him? I told him I did not know--perhaps I did--his face looked familiar to me; thinkin' it was some one I had seen in travelin' around in askin' for money. He said, 'were you ever in Mobile?' I told him, yes; and he wanted to know if my mother's name was Elizabeth Ramsey? I told him it was. Then he wanted to know if I ever lived with Mr. English, in Mobile? I told him, yes. He then said he knew me well; and that his name was Bolden. He is a Baptist preacher now, but was not a preacher then. He was goin' up to Springfield, to organize a church: so I heard on the cars. Then he turned to the other gentleman, and said, 'I know this lady well. I knew her when she lived at Mr. English's, in Mobile.' He told what a fine woman my mother was, and said he knew the day I was sold; and said it had been twenty years. He even spoke to me about Lucy, and told how white she was, and her children; and asked me what ever became of her. I told him she was sold in Mobile; but afterward her friends bought her up, and her children."


    CHAPTER XVI.
  --  SOLICITING HELP ABROAD TO BUY A MOTHER.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XVIII.
  --  VISIT TO OBERLIN, AND SOME OF THE RESCUERS: AND THENCE
  --  TO NEW YORK.