I have had a wide and varied experience in life. I have not followed beaten paths in thought or action, but have blazed my own pathway, sometimes in open defiance of pub lic sentiment. In this book I have tried to present myself just as I am and have been, without polish or style, and make no pre tense to either literary or scientific attainments. It is not my present purpose to place this book on sale, because most of it would be of but little interest to the gen eral reader. But there are some things in it that I desire to place in durable form. My prophecy in regard to the future of the negro race will be substantially fulfilled and will be a lasting monument to my memory. This book will be better appreciated fifty years hence than at the present time.