Also two Others
mounted the stand. He was a tallish, thin
negro, prepossessing and mild in aspect, and
induced more competition than his predecessor.
When the auctioneer�s pencil struck the copy-book,
in sign of effected sale, it was presently to put
down the sum of $865, as the price obtained.
Then �May� was bidden to step up. He looked
a �boy� in the English sense of the word, and the
auctioneer commended him as a carpenter; �he
says he can build a house,� said he. One
bidder, a youngish man, told May to come to
and questioned him. Many of the spectators
left after the sale of �Prince;� Marchant had
done so before, in consequence of his nose bleeding.
May was presently sold for $960, and we
all trooped forth into the cool, sunny morning.
Everything transpired in a matter-of-fact, busi-
ness manner, the reverse of melodramatic, but
the thing was painful to witness nevertheless, the
bare fact of the undisguised sale of a human beings
could not be other than shocking to one�s sym-
pathies and convictions. I strolled about awhile,
thought how Prince�s docile appealing face would
have affected Charles Lamb, then went to the
Express Office, where I got a brief note from
Henderson, the treasurer of the Evening Post, con-