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Text for Page 144 [12-28-1862]

Southern sources.   Knapp spoke of the slave
who had attempted to escape as �idiotic,� said �he
had got the devil in him &c.�   He declared that
negroes were �like soldiers, � you couldn�t get
on with them without flogging.�   From this plan-
tation we all adjourned to another, riding
thither in two carriages, along the levee.   The 
proprietor was a Major Walker, a middle-
aged man of German descent, who owed his
title to his having belonged to the rebel �home-
guard.�   A polite but dangerous and cruel
rebel was this Walker, as we learnt subse-
quently; in all probability he would rather
have assisted at cutting the throats of a party
of �Yankees� than showing them over his place,
with elaborate courtesy.      His mill was an
extensive one in full blast (in spite of the
day) and we saw the whole process of sugar-
making from the putting in of the ripe cane
into a sort of spout, outside the building, to its
conversion into sparkling crystallized sugar,
or colorless overproof rum.       Most of the ne-
groes at work were half-naked, looking very
barbarous.   Return to a dilatory two-hours
dinner, with claret, Madeira and a little cham-
pagne.    Arrived of Brig-Gen. Weitzel.   All
the talk slave-holding Unionism.      Weitzel
and Strother�s healths drank.     Sat with Schell               
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