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Octavia by J. F. Lee

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OCTAVIA

The Octoroon

BY

J. F. LEE, M.D.

THE

Abbey Press

PUBLISHERS

114

FIFTH AVENUE

London NEW YORK Montreal

Copyright, 1900, by THE Abbey Press in the United States and Great Britain.

All Rights Reserved.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

The Prize Fight

CHAPTER II.

A Baptismal Scene

CHAPTER III.

The Birth of Octavia

CHAPTER IV.

Almost a Watery Grave

CHAPTER V.

The "Underground Railway"

CHAPTER VI.

Mistaken Identity and Escape from Bruin

CHAPTER VII.

Liberated

CHAPTER VIII.

Cotton Prowling--Employing Octavia's Governess

CHAPTER IX.

Progress in Studies

CHAPTER X.

Ready for College

CHAPTER XI.

In the Red Cross Service

CHAPTER XII.

In Foreign Lands--Strategy--Love Conquers

Octavia the Octoroon.

CHAPTER I.

THE PRIZE FIGHT.

Just before the beginning of the civil war between the States there was a large and valuable plantation on the Alabama River on which there were several hundred slaves, said farm being in what is known as the "black belt of Alabama," having a river front of several miles, and annually producing five hundred bales of cotton, fifteen thousand bushels of corn, besides oats, wheat, hay, mules, horses, hogs, cattle, sheep and goats in abundance.

This mammoth farm belonged to Hon. R., then a member of the United States Congress from Alabama, and afterwards a gallant officer in the Confederate army, rising from the rank of first lieutenant to colonel, by which latter title he will be known in this story. He lived in what was then one of the flourishing towns of the State, but which has long since gone to ruin and decay. Colonel R.'s farm was managed by what was then known as an "overseer," but now would be termed a superintendent. He had assistants, white and black, who, with the overseer, managed the farm in a systematic and scientific manner, bringing it up to a high state of cultivation, which made it one of the most productive and valuable in the State.


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