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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...quit.' "One night after this
there were a dozen shots fired through the open door of my house
about midnight. As the last shot was fired I walked to the door in
my night-clothes but the shooters dodged behind the hazel-thicket,
and nobody was hurt. Until that time I carried no firearms and kept
none in the house, although it was rumored and believed by many
that I had secreted a lot of govern ment arms in or near my house.
A few days after the shooting I was in Shelbyville, when an old
friend and captain in the army, who was home on a furlough,
persuaded me to take home a six-shooter belonging to him, remarking
that it was a dutv that I owed my friends to use it in
self-defence, if attacked. It was loaded and I carried it home and
practised with it at an object the size of a man about ten steps
distant, until all the barrels were empty. I missed the object
every time, but it was not the fault of the revolver. Then,
laughing at myself for my folly, I laid the revolver away empty and
made haste to return it to its owner in good order. That was the
extent of my carnal warfare during all the-Unpleasantness.'" Of
some of the early customs which have passed away one of the
interesting ones was the custom of having a funeral sermon preached
some months or years after a death. "Then the preacher made no
reference to the dead but a long harangue mostly of scripture
quotations to prove his pet doctrine and comfort the elect. I
recall nothing tender and uplifting that was snoken on such
occasions, and yet there was something in the deep sincerity of the
preacher and the general spirit of the service that struck me with
awe and made me want to be good. This custom of no service at
funerals shocked newcomers. I have heard...
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Theodore L. Flood
||246 x 189 x 7mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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