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He was possessed of a handsome person and pleasing manners, and was a gen-
eral favorite in the factory. Nevertheless, as this young man was in the eye of the
law not a man, but a thing, all these superior qualifications were subject to the
control of a vulgar, narrow-minded, tyrannical master. This same gentleman, hav-
ing heard of the fame of George’s invention, took a ride over to the factory, to see
what this intelligent chattel had been about. He was received with great enthusi-
asm by the employer, who congratulated him on possessing so valuable a slave.

He was waited upon over the factory, shown the machinery by George, who,
in high spirits, talked so fluently, held himself so erect, looked so handsome and
manly, that his master began to feel an uneasy consciousness of inferiority. What
business had his slave to be marching round the country, inventing machines, and
holding up his head among gentlemen? He’d soon put a stop to it. He’d take him
back, and put him to hoeing and digging, and “see if he’d step about so smart.”
Accordingly, the manufacturer and all hands concerned were astounded when he
suddenly demanded George’s wages, and announced his intention of taking him

“But, Mr. Harris,” remonstrated the manufacturer, “isn’t this rather sudden?”

“What if it is?- isn’t the man mine?”


A machine of this description was really the invention of a
young colored man in Kentucky.
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