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    CHAPTER XVIII.
  --  VISIT TO OBERLIN, AND SOME OF THE RESCUERS: AND THENCE
  --  TO NEW YORK.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XX.
  --  RETURN TO BUFFALO--CALLS UPON M.

Mattison, Hiram
Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon

- CHAPTER XIX. -- AN UNEXPECTED MEETING.

CHAPTER XIX.
AN UNEXPECTED MEETING.


While in New York, Mrs. P. was going from the Brooklyn Ferry to 29th Street, where she stopped. On her way up, between Fulton Street and the Park, she saw a man on the top

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of the omnibus, with the driver. He looked at her earnestly, and she at him, and knew him in a moment. He then got off and walked along to her, and said, "You must excuse me," but asked her name, and if she did not live at English's, in Mobile. She told him she did, and who she was. Then he told her he had been in New York ever since he ran away; that no one ever thought he was colored, as he said, "I just ranked in here." Mrs. P. wanted to know who he married. He laughed, and said, "You know I would never marry any but a white girl." He told Mrs. P. he had four children, and would like her to see them; and if she would wait in the Park he would bring them down there. He did not wish to have his wife see Mrs. P., as she was there raising money, and if--'s wife should hear of the interview, it would be natural for her to wish to know where he knew Mrs. P., and thus the fact of his being of African descent, and once a slave, might get out.

Mrs P. walked in the Park awhile, till--went home, got three of his children, and came down in an omnibus with them, and stopped, and went into the Park. Mrs. P. says they were very pretty children. "Pretty dressed too," says Mrs. P.; "I think the mother must be very tasty woman. The two oldest were very white, girls. The youngest was a boy, dressed in little pants and sack, and a hat with feathers in it. He was a brunette, and I laughed, and said, 'That one has the stain on it.' He laughed, and said the family often laughed about, it, but little did they think what was the real cause of it. The family of his wife would often joke about it, and say they guessed his wife was frightened by a nigger; and he said, 'There's many a truth told in joke.'"

Here Mrs. P. added, "Now, it is astonishing, in the South, the white men run after the colored women, their own and others; but if a colored man speak to a white woman they want to shoot him." Mrs. P. promised to keep the matter secret, lest it might break up a family, or one of our white citizens in New York might be remanded back to slavery. And so they parted; but not till he had given her $5 to help purchase her mother. It was put down in the book by Mr.--, and stands here before us as we write, "Cash, $5." This is the young

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man who wished Louisa to run away from Mobile with him, twenty years ago.
    CHAPTER XVIII.
  --  VISIT TO OBERLIN, AND SOME OF THE RESCUERS: AND THENCE
  --  TO NEW YORK.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XX.
  --  RETURN TO BUFFALO--CALLS UPON M.