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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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innocent from that daily association with these white
ladies accused of the darkest crimes.

“Oh, at the most, two or three weeks—quite a short
time,” replied the lawyer.

One of the negro girls smiled, half sadly, half
bitterly. “Two weeks!” said she; “we have already
been here two years!”

I looked at the lawyer. He seemed a little
confounded.

“Ah!” said he, “it is extraordinary; something quite
unusual—very unusual; altogether an exceptional
case—very rare!” And he hurried away from the place.

About January 27. I must now tell you about
a real African tornado which we witnessed last
Sunday afternoon. It was in the African Church,
for even here, in this gay, light-hearted city of
New Orleans, has Christianity commenced its
work of renovated life; and they have
Sunday-schools for negro children, where they receive
instruction about the Saviour; and the negro slaves
are able to serve God in their own church.

We came too late to hear the sermon in this
African Church, whither we had betaken
ourselves. But at the close of the service a so-called
class-meeting was held. I do not know whether
I have already said that the Methodists form,

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