1 "We want a party of runaway niggers," said Tom Loker.
2 The party below, after Marks had fired, stood, for a moment, rather undecided.
3 Then I listened with both ears, and I found that they were talking about this very party.
4 I've worked sometimes whole afternoons, trimming her caps, and getting her ready to go to a party.
5 Eliza, George and Jim, bestowed themselves, as well as they could, in the remaining space and the whole party set forward.
6 It was true; for after some appearance of irresolution and consultation, the whole party got on their horses and rode away.
7 The party of horsemen came up to the fence, and, with mingled shouts and oaths, were dismounting, to prepare to follow them.
8 The whole party examined the new comer with the interest with which a set of loafers in a rainy day usually examine every newcomer.
9 Be it as it may, it is certain that the attitude, eye, voice, manner, of the speaker for a moment struck the party below to silence.
10 As the party neared the fence, they discovered in the distance, along the road, their own wagon coming back, accompanied by some men on horseback.
11 After riding about an hour in this way, the whole party made a precipitate and tumultuous descent into a barn-yard belonging to a large farming establishment.
12 The women heard it, and, looking anxiously out, saw, far in the rear, on the brow of a distant hill, a party of men looming up against the red-streaked sky of early dawn.
13 In consequence of all the various delays, it was about three-quarters of an hour after Eliza had laid her child to sleep in the village tavern that the party came riding into the same place.
14 The boys needed no second invitation, and went in with great zeal for the eatables; and it was well they did so, as otherwise there would have been very little performed to any purpose by the party.
15 Quicker than we can say it, the whole party were over the fence, making with all speed for the rocks, while Michael, throwing himself from his horse, and fastening the bridle to the wagon, began driving it rapidly away.
16 Mrs. Shelby, walking up to the trader, detained him for a few moments, talking with him in an earnest manner; and while she was thus talking, the whole family party proceeded to a wagon, that stood ready harnessed at the door.
17 The party beneath, now more apparent in the light of the dawn, consisted of our old acquaintances, Tom Loker and Marks, with two constables, and a posse consisting of such rowdies at the last tavern as could be engaged by a little brandy to go and help the fun of trapping a set of niggers.
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