Osceola the Seminole
by Mayne Reid (9780217026659)

Osceola the Seminole
Mayne Reid
Release Date: 10 December 1070
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
Category: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9780217026659
ISBN-10: 0217026656

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE TWO JAKES. Eveky plantation has its "bad fellow"?often more than one, but always one who holds preeminence in evil. " Yellow Jake " was the fiend of ours. He was a young mulatto, in person not ill-looking, but of sullen habit and morose disposition. On occasions he had shewn himself capable of fierce resentment and cruelty. Instances of such character are more common among mnlat- toes than negroes. Pride of color on the part of the yellow man?confidence in a higher organism, both intellectual and physical, and consequently a keener sense of the injustice of his degraded position, explain this psychological difference. As for the pure negro, he rarely enacts the unfeeling savage. In the drama of human life, he is the victim, not the villain. No matter where lies the scene?in his own land, or elsewhere?he has been used to play the rolt of the sufferer; yet his soul is still free from resentment or ferocity. In all the world, there is no kinder, heart than that which beats within the bosom of the African black. Yellow Jake was wicked without provocation. Cruelty was innate in his disposition?no doubt inherited. He was a Spanish mulatto; that is, paternally of Spanish blood?maternally, negro. His father had sold him to mine A slave-mother, a slave-son. The father's freedom affects not the offspring. Among the black and red races of America, the child fellows the fortunes of the mother. Only she of Caucasian race can be the mother of white men. There was another " Jacob " upon the plantation?hence the distinctive sobriquet of " Yellow Jake." This other was " Black Jake;" and only in age and size was there any similarity between the two. In disposition they differed even more than in complexion. If Yellow Jake had the brighter skin, Black Jake...

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