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The Aristocrat and the Free Man

By Conroy, Robert

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: The Aristocrat and the Free Man  
Author: Conroy, Robert
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Historical, Short Story
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: William, is a slave that freed himself from the south. He befriends an irish immigrant, Dawson and they become good friends and co workers. William helps Dawson in solving an issue which arrises and they must not figure out how to go about hiding it without getting caught and punished.

Summary: William was a slave who escaped from the south up to New York City where he had heard that thousands of slaves had run to because it was a slave free state. He ends up meeting an Irish immigrant named Dawson. Dawson hired him on to work for his company and also got him forged papers so there would be no way for his former owners to track him. He encouraged him to learn how to read and write and now 20 years later became very good friends. One morning, William get called over to Dawson's inn that he runs down the road. He was informed that Major Harper, a very well known high ranking officer, is refusing to pay for the food and two weeks stay to Dawson. After William shows up, Harper leaves and his slave, Nigel, returns. Unfortunately Nigel over hears their conversation about Harper and threatens to turn them in and they be hung. William acts fast and kills Nigel by stabbing in the back. William, Dawson and their other employee May, take the body and dispose of it. But before they do, they take all of Harpers money, which Nigel always carried on him, for form of payment. Harper returns but suspects nothing and finally retreats north with the rest of the platoon.

Excerpt: He was about to say something else when his eyes widened and his whole body went slack. May gasped when she saw William’s knife sticking out of Nigel’s back, right where his heart would be. Nigel slid silently to the floor.

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