1 The people moved uneasily in their seats as John rose to reply.
2 Sitting on the kitchen steps, John stared at the corn, thoroughly perplexed.
3 Down in Altamaha, after seven long years, all the world knew John was coming.
4 Up in Johnstown, at the Institute, we were long puzzled at the case of John Jones.
5 For the first time the young man recognized his dark boyhood playmate, and John knew that it was the Judge's son.
6 It was several days later that John walked up to the Judge's house to ask for the privilege of teaching the Negro school.
7 It grieved Josie, and great awkward John walked nine miles every day to see his little brother through the bars of Lebanon jail.
8 Nor is this peculiar to Sambo; it has in history been just as true of John and Hans, of Jacques and Pat, of all ground-down peasantries.
9 They reminded John of the sea, as he sat in the square and watched them, so changelessly changing, so bright and dark, so grave and gay.
10 The White John started, lifted his hand, and then froze into his chair; the black John smiled lightly, then grimly, and followed the usher down the aisle.
11 There remained two growing girls; a shy midget of eight; John, tall, awkward, and eighteen; Jim, younger, quicker, and better looking; and two babies of indefinite age.
12 Perhaps," said John, as he settled himself on the train, "perhaps I am to blame myself in struggling against my manifest destiny simply because it looks hard and unpleasant.
13 So the Dean promised faithfully, and John shouldered his little trunk, giving neither word nor look to the giggling boys, and walked down Carlisle Street to the great city, with sober eyes and a set and serious face.
14 To be sure, ultimate freedom and assimilation was the ideal before the leaders, but the assertion of the manhood rights of the Negro by himself was the main reliance, and John Brown's raid was the extreme of its logic.
15 John rose gloomily as the train stopped, for he was thinking of the "Jim Crow" car; he stepped to the platform, and paused: a little dingy station, a black crowd gaudy and dirty, a half-mile of dilapidated shanties along a straggling ditch of mud.
16 With some finesse and negotiation, all the dark Methodists and Presbyterians were induced to join in a monster welcome at the Baptist Church; and as the day drew near, warm discussions arose on every corner as to the exact extent and nature of John's accomplishments.
17 John never knew clearly what the old man said; he only felt himself held up to scorn and scathing denunciation for trampling on the true Religion, and he realized with amazement that all unknowingly he had put rough, rude hands on something this little world held sacred.
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