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The Diary of John Parsons of Petersburg, Va. Edited bv Kate Milner Rabb VERNOX June 2, 1S40. was accompanied to the. omnibus omnibus which carries the passen- bers from the town up to the iiation at the top of the hill on the morning of my depart- U ' u fiom Madison by Mr Hicklin and Mi Bright, TI!IO bade me tarexvell and ;.a\o me int. the cate of John G. Serlng, -,yho was acting as Station Agent in behalf of the state. The yifitte of 11 1 if. office require him to be o;i the tram each trip, and see that ail the pabsen- sxrs and freight are duly entered, on the Way. Bill and a copy of the same kept on "file for the use of the state. This bill, which Mr. Senng permitted me to examine, gives the passenger's name, the nuijjjier of seats occupied by him and his family, if so accompanied, his extra baggage, his home, his destination, destination, and the sum paid for his- fare. Our passengers numbered twelve on this trip, stopping at'various stations on the route, and the sum collected from them was $7.75. * I previously had met several of the gentlemen on the train, among them Mr. Cravens and Mr. Sims, who were making the journey together, and they showed themselves most agreeable in pointing out to me various localities ot interest along the line of "the railroad. A remark to Mr, Cravens concerning my journey to a new country indicated that -he Considered this country no longer new and he talked to me most tity of molaMtes into a thick dough, with the aid of v, -spatula, cut portions of this into bits and roll them into pills, dusting them, at the last, with flour Story of Col. Vawter. Among many other things,, he told me of that xhe town of Vernon V.AS · founded in ISIS by To!. .John Vaster, now an elder!;, man to uhose ho:nc, near bj, he promised to take me as he Marled forth to make his cail. When founded, the proprietors made a donation donation for (he benefit of the county, which produced upwards-^-of $o,000, by the avails of which the Court House, which . I had so much admired, was erected, at- well as the stray pound, the jail, and the clerk's office, in which he told me with pride, is a library room with near 200 lolumes of choice books. After defraying all these expenses, the county still h^ about $500 loaned cut at interest. interest. , Col John Tauter, born In 17S2. in Vlr- Binia, moved to Madison in 1?07. first magistrate of. Madison, sheriff ot Jefferson and Clark Counties in 1810; United States marshal in Indian campaign, 1811-1813; colonel of militia m count\, 1S17: pabtor of Baptist Church in Vernon, 1S21-1S48; in 'Legislature, 1831-1S35; state Senate, 1836: moied to Morsantown in 1S4S; died in 1S62.--Editor's Note. Col. Vawtsr, he told me,, like all the Vawters, is a peculiar character, very stubborn, but good, honest and depend" depend" able. He was once subpenaed as a witness witness in two cases in which a well- known Irish lawyer was engaged, in one, on the side in whose favor Col. Vawter a fine hard soap of which she had great quantities Improving with age, in the garret of the house. She pointed out to me the flourishing oichards, the two fine springs with which tjie place was blessed, and her old horse, Fanny. She was a woman of great intelligence, I fioon discovered, and, w h a t I imagine is unusual among the women of the countryside, a great leader. I noted later some book^s on the table, among them one of the edifying "volumes of Mis. Sigourney, as vie \\ent into the loom to our supper. For to supper thes-e hospitable people insisted that we ihould -ita, md w o did full justice to the buckwheat cakes fried on a griddle over the lueplace. and eaten su miming in fresh buttei and sirup made that jsame bpring from the sugai trees in their gro\e. As \\e tode home sio\\ly in t h e gatN enng twilight Co! Vawter, i\ho, b\ the wa, possesses .1 most engaging and persuasi%e personality, broached a now idea to me. "In a few days," said he, "I am co- mg to start on a journey, and 1 bhou'd like much to luve xou for a un\clm!? companion,"' He then pro'eeded to tell me tlwt, bring i most onthuMaitu* Wing, he had determined to attend a monster Whip meeting 10 be hold at the plate known a^ tlc Battle U m u m l , 1 the scene of Gen. Harrison's pirJt \i''- tory o\er Tecumseh. This is to be a meeting o' unbelievable numbers and rnthu'-U'-iii, he at-sure^ me, and it would be UK greatest of misfortunes for a -.Kitoi from another btati to fa!! to" ' PC li Whig Rally at Battle Ground." \\iien 1 d " n i i . i ) i i l at the distant.- 1 . t']l i n t r t oned t ' i - f i ' t tint tint point vat: I m l u u e i l in m\ itiner.irv Ijtcr. V \\i»\eil i l i i . IIMC|. \ \ i M i a "Pooh What f-if tfouid the \ i' 'ill Battle Cround .imo'int to, t n n i i . i H t ! with a Mt; v it of it Tn\\tUrl w.t 1 ' troops ot men, all fiillincM of out i andiiUtc?" and v.ith .ionic of that ' ttu'ibnumcss" v,Inch Di. Peaborlv had apsmcd mo wa= a cliar- actemtK' of the Yaw ten-, proceeded to arrange our plans as though I had already consented, "The distance ii nothing, sir," he declared "I could i idc !t in a day. but, an "Id preacher. -.011 known---' and his e j e twinkled, "inclines to stop liere .and there Tt ma-, be a wedding lie is wanted foi, or a funeral to be pioar'ieil, or some old friends met unexpectedly, unexpectedly, so it will be well for us to start m time and give ourselves two or three daa at the farthest." "Horseback will be the better way," he replied to mv next question "I think, sir, that I am correct in asserting asserting that" travelers through the interior interior of our state find that the most' convenient, .sure, economical and independent independent mode ff travel Their o^n con- ·\-enlenco_and pleasure a« to time hud Michigan road on wnich wo continued to travel for some latle time after leaving leaving the latter city · f t t I' a j n ' t l e - -)t "CjTfPt tl at Mr. Far- H't.i failed tn · ' ' 'Un', n thi roues H« niirljt h i \ UK',! urn of --rvrral It !· M l u h H niV-jiiU' ti i* Ol. Vav. tor choao t h e more off n -· I rotd thrfluch t h » MI tin in D.nt i . Pomif County n'.vl thniinch I ' l . i u f o u h ,!! -- Edit r's uott- I i regretted m i i u i not being able to see this i-it.\. l i n t , i t n \ i n g jthere after t i a i k , w e ·s'ajcii the night at a farm on the otitsUnt 1 - and if ft at day- b'-eal; the ne\.t morning. However, nn' rogrpr wj.=; t M n p u e i l by the thought that this t i t v v i « included in inv itinerary and that I had planned a stay there of some days, later on. , T found Col. Vawter a most entertaining entertaining companion, a man of great · energy of mind, very explicit in his '"views, of much humor and excellent common sense. As ho prophesied, we did Indeed tarrj bv the wayido in the cjriy part of our journey, for this and for that. TVe Mopped at country inn and cabin, sometimes with good, sometimes sometimes with bad fare and lodgment, and at tha end of our journey, my aged companion, inured to the hardships of backwoods' travel, showed, to my shame, far less fatigue that did I. An for the rain which fell, almost continuously, continuously, tliat only gave him food for exposition on the greater safety in borsebacU travel over the stage coach, · in 'iich weather. His spirit wa«i shared by the jn'ulti- interestingly of the classes o/ seUlei who sought it in earlier days" "There are thre'e classes in the Vfcst- ern settlements," sai'd he. "which, like posite sirle. In summing up the first case. in_which Col. Vawter was his witness, witness, the lawyer cried out: "And who the waves of the ocean, have rolled in. one after the other. First comes the pioneer, who makes a small clearing and builds a rude cabin in the primeval "i forest. Tho next class comes in, purchases purchases the land of the pioneer, who pushes on to more distant primeval forests forests and adds field to field, builds roads, bridges, schoolhouses and leads a plain, frugal Vut civilized life. "The next class is eomposed'of men of capital and enterprise, under whose leadership the small village rises to a spacious town or city; adorned with substantial edifices ' of brick." This third wave, he informed roe in conclusion, conclusion, is now sweeping over large districts districts of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. River Encircles Village. -In pleasant conversation on topics connected -with the country and politi-- cal affairs, the time passed very rapidly, rapidly, and by noon I found myself in Vernon. The approach of this town is most interesting, as the county, named after Jonathan Jennings, the state's ftost Governor, is traversed by creeks, whose borders are broken, the' hills interspersed interspersed with rich alluvial valleys and high tablelands or "flats." The north and west forks of the Mus- cattatuck, quite a large and beautiful stream, unite with the south fork here at Vernon, curving like an encircling arm around the little village and shutting shutting it in on three sides. Having sought the tavern on my arrival arrival and there procured, I must confess, confess, an indifferent dinner of the ham, eggs, biscuit and coffe'e, which seems to be the universal bill of fare at country cabin and village caravansary In the western country, I walked about over the town on a voyage of discovery. Vernon is a post town and seat of justice and its location MDH the state road, and -the fact that it is at present a post road, insure it an increasingly prosperous future. [Our diarist's prophecies are sadly incorrect incorrect as regards the future of some ot our earlv towns.--Editor's Note.] It was court week, I learned from the proprietor of the tavern, a time when all the people, old and young, men and women, assembled at the county seat. The chairs before the tavern front were all occupied by men who lilted back against the wall under the grateful shadow of the overhanging overhanging ' balcony, exchanged stories and viewed the changing crowd in evident satisfaction. To the hitching racks around the Court House lawn were tied the horses of the country people, whose people, whose women, in gay calicoes and ilower-wreathed bonnets, t often piloting a little family, crowded the stores. Farm products w»ro being unloaded, freight that had lit -ought marshal of the territory of Indiana, the founder of Vernon, and the defender of the oppressed," In the other ease, the lawyer thus apostrophized him:' "Who Is this old John Vawter? He is the hireling of the United States government, government, the nabob of Vernon, and a se- se- crater of nagersi" The pills compounded"and put in the pill box, which found its place in the saddle bags, Dr. Peabody flung these over his arm and walked with me out on to the square. As we walked towards towards Col, Vawter's house, he told me two other facts of great interest. One ' wa^, jthat a large hrick meeting house had been erected at a common expense, in which the several churches, Baptist, 1 Methodist and Presbyterian, convene, each one according to-its appointment, s the oldest having the. preference: the other, the Jennings County Academy, which was organized, in 1824 by Dr. Burt, the Rev. Daniel Lattimore, W. A. Bullock. Alanson Andrews, the Rev. J. B. New and Dr. Peabody, and he pointed out to me the two-story brick build- in? with two rooms and an outside stairway. A superior class, surely, these citizens of Vernon, so early to provide for education by means of such a school and a library! By good fortune, we found Col. Vawter Vawter at home, and he received me with the utmost cordiality. As he was just preparing to ride out to the home of his brother, a few miles from Vernon, he ' invited , me first to« take dinner with him, and then to accompany him on his journey. Varieties of Timber. "There are two different kinds of timber timber land in this county," he informed -me, as we set forth soon after dinner. "The flats, as we denominate them are covered with large and tall tlmbei! white oak, beech, gum, soft maple, burr oak, hickory, and some other varieties, witk a thick undergrowth in many s"ec^ tions, Interwoven with grapevines. The second is the rolling land, where grow profusely the white,oak, the black oak, the beech, the sugar tree, the linden, -the ash, the black walnut, the white walnut, the cherry and the poplar, with an undergrowth, on the rich bottoms, of pawpaw and an occasional large sassafras. sassafras. On the bottom lands along the streams, sycamore, hadsberry, elm and' buckeye flourish/' So he talked as we rode, pointing out splendid specimens of the forest growth, and the feathered denizens of the wood! as well, whose sweet song smote the ear--this old man to whom the wood was an open book, for, like 'his father before him, whenever he learned of a new_setHmetLt_ in on the "train, carried aw; -^ the depot to the various merca ores, in nhrrt, the whole scene ie of e\Ut,ir liveliness and eless activi; 1 . Town's Population 350. The population of the town ij now 350, I had been told. Besides its large and elegant brick Court House, whose lawn Is shaded by tall forest tree's, it has a Jail, a stray pound," and a clerk's office," two taverns, two mercantile stores, a cardfng machine, two \ physicians, one lawyer, a minister, and a number of craftsmen of various · trades. As I had been given letters by some of my Madison friends to Dr, Ezra F. Peabody, I now sought him out at his office, which I found to- be situated on the ground floor of a small building on the public square, a large room with shelves on one side ofg which were ranged large glass jars with gilt labels Indicating their contents, a great mortar and pestle for -the pulverizing and compounding compounding of drugs, and a pair of scales in which, at the moment of my entrance, the doctor was engaged in weighing out a quantity of quinine. He is of a gaunt figure, and speaks low, as I learned later, and with great Slowness, but is full of easy and Interesting Interesting talk. "Enter, sir, and be seated," he said courteously, and having perused my letter, letter, "I am now engaged in the compounding compounding of pills for the cure of the ajnie, the scourge of our new country. 'While it is now -not so severe as it was at the time of the first settlement, when It was often so malignant that as many £= three or four deaths of adults occurred occurred in one family in less than forty- pisht hour?, the long and severe chills followed by a burning fever still are oiimon and aie frequently more than i i' a'e' for otji skill The form which p d l f ' - s She --e'.tTtiis alon" the \Vabash~is I 0711 f " il'r Wabash ague, and is the I 1 , ^r» (·[··· Known. ' f t r l k c d , he proceeded w i t h deft f * " tc p o j r the flu-r.ine on in m- ··i" r-'i;*, mi.:.. »t nth c. small .-- · ' ---ej--·»·*· "··"-^vfMf--tto- -yiott?tt*-- it, and held religious meetings there, sometimes blazing trees and breaking down underbrush to mark his way through the wilderness. On May S, 1833, 'he told me. there was a killing frost, still well remembered, because it had done such damage to the timber in certain localities, "on the "west flats," .the beech grove was almost almost entirely destroyed, and in other places, the tops'of the white oaks were killed. All the fruit was killed that year except a few varieties of.hardy apples. The prosperity of the region was easily explained, he said. In the rich .alluvial bottoms, corn grew in abundance, abundance, -yielding ample harvests; wheat, oats, buckwheat, hay and potatoes flourished, and there was ample pasture pasture for mules, horses and cattle. The fruit I coufd judge for myself, for we passed orchards of apple, peach and cherry trees, and the borders of the woods were full of blackberry lines, these berries, he said, being unusually fine and plentiful in this locality. A few miles along the pleasant country country road, and we came to the 200-acre farm of William Vawter, who was a preacher'as well as a farmer. The comfortable comfortable house had a pleasant situation situation on a hillside''above the road, an3 we spied the proprietor as we approached, approached, fjitting on the porch. His old horse, Farmer, the colonel called him, stood at the hitching block--they had evidently just returned home. Women Make Own Soap. He greeted me cordially and called his wife, who, ha said, was engaged In making soap, and on my expressing an Interest In the proceeding, she took me around to the back of the house, where a young woman was watching a bubbling bubbling mass In a great iion kettle over a fire of chunks of wood Xtarbj was. pet a bo\ of '"noon ashe?, and she s-howed me how the water draining through a hole in the bottom of thi 1 ) box made the Ijc v-hich. combined with the va c to fat from the kitchen, made a soft toap for household use, and also She took me around to the back'of the house where a young woman was watching a bubbling mass to a great iron kettle over a fire of chunks of wood. THE ABANDONED ROOM CONCLUDECTFROM SECOND PAGE. erine didn t leave the library, but I think she must have caught Mr. Silas in the upper hall after he had pretended to give up and had persuaded his brother to spend the night." Q Parades smiled whimsically. He took two faded photographs from his pocket. They were of young men, after the fashion of Blackburns, remarkably alike even without the gray, obliterating marks of old age. "I found these in the family album," he said. "We should have known the difference difference just the same," the doctor grumbled. grumbled. "Why didn't we know the difference?" difference?" "I've complained often enough," Paredes smiled, "of the necessity of' using candles in this house. There was never more than one candle in the old bedroom. There were only two when we looked at the murdered man in his coffin. And in death there are no familiar familiar facial expressions, no eccentricities eccentricities of speech. So you can Imagine my feelings when\ I tried to picture the drama that had gone on in that room. You can imagine poor Maria's. Which one? And Maria didn't know about the panel, or the use of Miss Katherine's Katherine's hat pin, or the handkerchief. AH of those details indicated Sllaa Blackburn." Blackburn." "How could my handkerchief indicate indicate anything of the kind?" Bobby asked. ""How did iTcome there?" "What," Paredes said, "is the commonest commonest form of borrowing in the world, particularly in a climato where peopte have frequent colds? I found a number of your handkerchiefs in your grandfather's grandfather's bureau. The handkerchief'fur- nished me with an Important clew. It explains, I think, Jenkins will tell you, the moving of the body.' It was obviously obviously the cause of Howells's death." "Yes, sir," Jenkins quavered. "Mr. Silas thought he had dropped his own handkerchief in the room with the body. I don't know how you've found these things 1 out." "By adding two and two," Paredes laughed. "In the first pli "all reai)ze that we might have had no mystery at all if it hadn't been for Hiss Katherine. For I don't know that Maria could have done much in a legal way. Silas Blackburn had intended to dispose of the body Immediately, but Miss Katherine heard the panel move and ran to the corridor. She made Jenkins -break down the door, and she sent for the police. Silas Blackburn was helpless. He v,-as beaten at that moment, but he did the best he could. He went to Waters, hoping, at the worst, to establish an alibi through the book-worm who probably wouldn't remember the exact hour. of his arrival. arrival. Waters's house offered him, too, a strategic advantage. You heard him say the spare ro'om was on the ground floor. You heard him add that he re-, fused to open his door, either asking to be let alone or failing to answer at all. And he had to return to the Cedars the next day, for Be missed hi 1 ? handkerchief, and he pictured himself, since he thought-it was his own, in the electric chair. I'm right, Jenkins?" "Yes, sir. I ' kept him hidden and gave him his chance along in the afternoo'n. He wanted me to try to flnd the handkerchief, but I didn't have the courage. He couldn't find it He searched through the panel all about the body and the bed." "That was when Katherine heard, · Bobby said, "when we found the body had been removed." "It put him in a dreadful way, .TenK- Ins'mumbled, "for no one had bothered to tell rrie it was young .Mr. Robert the detective suspected, and when Mr. Silas heard the detective boast that he knew everything and would make an arrest arrest in the morning, he thought about the handkerchief and knew he was done for unless he tfeok How ells up. And tho man did ask for trouble, sir. well. 5Ir. Silas -gave it to him to save himself himself " "I've never been able to understand," Paredes said, "whv h,e didn't take the evidence when h« killed Howells." "Didn't you know you prevented that, sir'" Jpnk'ins asked "J heard you come In from tha court. I thought vou'd been listening 1 . I signaled Mr. .Silas there ·was danger and to get out of*the private private stairway before you coura trap him. And I couldn't give him another chance for a long time. Some of you were in the room after that, or M!^ Katherine and Mr. Graham war? sitting in Hi? corridor watchinsr the body until just before Mr, Robert tried to pet ihe evidence for ivmself. Mr. Silas had to act then It was hip last change, for he thoueht Mr. Robert would be ^lad enough to turn him o\or (o the la"." "Whv did \o'i ever hide that stuff in Jli°? Katharine's row' 1 " T?obby asksd Jenkins flung- up his hands. "Oh, he was angry, sir, wh«n he knew the truth and learned what a mistake he'd made. ,. Howells didn't e've me that report I showed you. It was in his pocket with the other tftings. We got i t ' open without tearing the envelope and Mr. Silas read it.' He wouldn't destroy destroy anything. He never dreamed of anybody's suspecting Miss Katherine, o he told me to hide the things In her bureau. bureau. I think he figured on using the evidence to put the. blame on Mr. Robert Robert in case it was the only way to save himself." "Why did you show the report to me?" Bobby asked. "I--I was afraid to take all that responsibility," responsibility," the butler quavered. "I figured if you were partly to blame it might go easier with me." Paredes shrugged his shoulders. "You were a good mate for Silas Blackburn," he sneered. ~ "Even now I don't see how that ola scoundrel had the courage to BROW . himself tonight," Rawllns said. "Thats the beautiful juice of the whole thing," Paredes answered, "for there was nothing else whatever for him to do. There never had been anything anything else for him to do since Miss Katherine had spoiled hie scheme, since you all believed that it was he wha had been murdered. He had to hide the truth or face the electric chair. If he disappeared he was infinitely worse off I han though he had settled with his brother--a man without a home, without without a hame, without a penny." Jenkins nodded. "He had to come bach," h« said slowly, "and be knew how scared you were of the old room." "The funeral and the snow." ParedPS said, "gave him h i s . chance. Jenkins will doubtless tell you how they uncovered uncovered the gxave late this afternoon, took that poor devil's body, and threw it in the lake, then fastened the coffin and covered it again. Of course the snow effaced every one of their tracks. He -came in, naturally scared to death. and told us that story based on the legends of the Cedars and the doctor's supernatural theories. And you must admit that he miRht. as you call it, vith it. He did create a mystification. There was no murdered murdered Blackburn as far as you could tell." Heaven knows how long you jnisht have struggled with the case of Howells." He glanced up. "Here is Miss Katherine." She stood at the head of the stairs. "I think she's all right," she said to the doctor. "She's asleep. She went to sleep crying. May I come down?" The doctor nodded. She walked down, glancing from one to the other questioningly. "Poor Marial" Paredes mused. "She's the one I pity most. She's been at times, I think, what Rawlina suspected --an insane woman, wandering and crying through the woods. Assuredlv she was out of her head tonight, when I found her finally at the grave. I tried to tell her that her father was dead. I beggred her to come in. I told her we were friends. But Kbc fought. She wouldn't answer my questions. She Htnick me flnallv when ! tried to force her tf come out of the storm Rnbin- aon, I want you to listen to me for a moment. I honesth- believe, for everybody's- everybody's- sake, I rlid a good thins -when T asked Silas' Blackburn just before he disappeared whv he had thrown . his brother's bodv in. the lake. T'd hoped it would simply make him run for it. I prave] that tve would never hear from Vrn aeafn, and thst Miss Katherine Katherine anfl'Bobby fould be spared the ugh 1 pcandal. Doesn't this do as well? Can't we get alone without much publicity? ' "You've about earned the right, to dictate," Robinson said gruffly. "Thanks," "For everyhodv'5 sake!" Bobby echoed. "You're right, Carlo?. Maria must be- considered now. She shall % have what was taken from her father. with Interest. I know Katherine will agree " Katherin* nodded. "I doubt If Maria will want It or take It," Parades said s!mp!v."She has plenty of her own. It isn't fair to think it was greed that uri?cd her. You must understand that it was a bigger impulse than greed. It was a thing of · which we of Spanish blood arc rather proud -- a desire for justice, for something something that han no softer name than. 1 ' Paredes yawned. "I disagree with you thoroughly. I have no equipment beyond my eyes and my common sense," He yawned again. He arranged the card table in front of the lire. He got the cards and piled them in neat packs on the green cloth. He placed a box of cigarettes convenient to bis risht hand He smoked. "I'm, very sleepy, but I've been so stupid over this solitaire since I've been at tho Cedars that I must solve it in the interest of my self-respect before I go to bed." Bobby went to him impulsively. "I'm ashamed, Carlos. 1 don't know what 10 say. How can I say anything? How can I begin fo thank jou?" "If you ever tell me I haved your life," Paredes yawned, "I shall have lo disappear, because then you'd have a claim on me." Katherine touched his hand. There were tears m her eyes. It wasn't necessary necessary for her to speak, Paredes indicated indicated two chairs. "If you aren't too tired, .sit here and help me for a while. Perhaps between us we'll get somewhere. I wonder why I have been so stupid with the thing." After a time as he manipulated tho cards, he laughed lightly. "The aame thing--the thing I've been scolding you all for. With a perfectly simple play staring me in" the face J nearly made the mistake of clioosing a difficult one. That would have got me in trouble while the simple one jsivei me the satnr. Why are people like that?". As fe moved the cards w i t h a deft assurance to tlieir desired combination he smiled drolly at Graham, Rawlina, and Robinson. "I guess It muni be human nature Don't you think so, Mr. District Atiorf ney?" The condition Parodes had more tliar, once forereen was about to shroud ih« Cedars in loneliness and abandonment. A f t e r the bfuity double burial in thn old graveyard the few thinga Bobby am! "·Catherine W a n t e d from the house had been packed and taken to the station. A t Katherlno's suggestion they had place can always be consulted, and worn time alone to be considered, we should probably du better on horseback, ~TFieT statements."of stage, steamboat canal boat aKonts are notoriously uncertain, uncertain, Moreover, even this late In tho season, the stage coach is like to become- become- mired, or overturned, and, finally, 'tis a hopeless task to undertake to con- ·vince an, old preacher against his will! And I myself can and will provide you, my dear young sir, with a most excellent excellent beast." Col. Vawter then proceeded to tell m* for how long a time he had been a staunch Whig and follower of Harrison. Harrison. When Gen. Harrison was nom- Jnated for the presidency In 1835. Col. Vawter called one of the very first meetings in the interest of his candidacy candidacy at Vernon. And the reason for this is worthy 1 of note, for 1 am. con- \inced that It is not known in tho East, that Clay never received the support of the church people of Indiana, the Quakers, Baptists, Presbyterians and Jlethodists, as they all, and especially tho preachers of these Sects, were continually continually finding,fault with his drunkenness, drunkenness, 5 his gambling, his profanity and other immoralities with which he was charged, They charged that in every question that arose during that quarter of a century, Clay threw the weight of his influence against good morals, and from him and such other characters as Van Buren, Webster and Buchanan, these church folk turned to look with hope to Gen. Harrison. Supporter of Gen. Harrison, Tlus, then, explained to me this old mimtetfs enthusiasm. At tha convention convention held In Indianapolis on Dec. 14, m.j, he had called the convention to order, giving it over then to a Mr, Clark, a relative of the great George Rogers Clark. tMarston G Clark--Editor's Note,] From that time-, as this convention, col. Vawter assuted me, was really a reunion of the veterans of Tippecanoe, the feeling waxed warmer and warmer, several papers carrying from 1835 to IS 10 as a m'otto the words, "Uncompromising "Uncompromising Hostility to the Re-election of Martin Van Buren." , By the time we leached Vernon I · had decided m iny.mmrl what he hart already taken for granted, that I would be his travel ing companion 0:1 tfiis lourncj. 1 WRH, he declared, to remain in the town several days- as hits guest, and'then go with him tn Battle Ground, leaving ray bafrsaRe behind m». at hir, home I will confess that these days were" Infinitely dhghtf»l. At various tmvs 1 rode in the country w i t h Col, Vawter, viewing tho farm lands and inquiring as to * h i r ulut-, on one of these oreabiwi mretins Mr. Allen Campbell, v.ho Iwd ocnipie't n farm ' m-ar Vernon - i ' n e 1S17. In Uu t o w n I UlUt-i, Will) J»H farther along them there Thousands of horseback, carrjinp a ^lendld banner^ presente them, on l;avingrtsy~the~women of the city. , Some who joined us were in wagons, in huge log cabins mounted on wheels, in long cauoes painted and decorated with paity emblems. One group was proceeded by a full rigged ship, the Constitution, drawn by ell white horse*r Thrilled by Battle Story. Among the men, M Col.-Vawter told me, were revolutionary soldiers, heroes of Fort Meiga, survivors of Tippecanoe, And it was my good fortune to hear some of these last named describe the battle--the attack, in the darkness that la greatest Just before tho dawn, the heavy firing, the loud voice of the prophet urging on his men, the charge, the repulse of the enemy, their flight--the flight--the pursuit and tho burning of the prophet's town--as I heard these stories stories from the lips of the heroes, mi- heart thrilled and 7, too, caught the fire \ot enthusiasm for their cherished .. leader! ' · Arriving finally at the battle ground, wo sought the elevated point of woodland woodland said to have been the site of Gen. Harrison's headquarters twenty-nine years before, and discovered the whole woods and the lower level of the prairie for a long distance to he filled with tents, wagons, flags, banners and streamers, in tho midst of which lay the plat of ground encircled by a board fence, where rest the bodies of those who Tell In the great battle. Among the countless attractions, tho barbecue had for me the grealest Interest. Interest. Tn one great trench were cook- Ing whole carcasses of shoats, sheep and oxen, dressed, and spitted, with carvers continually elfins' and serving with their long sharp knives. In another trench burgoo, a rich and well-seasoned soup of many Ingredients, was boiling over a alow fire. Three tables, each 100 yards long, were heaped with tho food, and wfth corn and wheaten rolls, all f This bounteous supply free to all who came, and, again and again, the table company was changed and the supply renewed until at last all were Filled. Then, and not until then, did my friend Col. Vawter mount the platform, pnd with Ins great voice, rich and.full, call tha multitude, together and invoke the blessing? of the I^ord upon them. intrusting the meeting then to' Gen. Jonathan McCcrtlij. CoL Vawter had already told me on our journey the iitory of Spier Kpcnccr and his Yellow Jackets and w h i n 1 saw tha procession of the heroes nf Tippccaiioe who, clus- trred together, f j m c forward at this moment to the ;ie:il;ers' stand under* (hi tattered immK-i of that fallen hero Suddenly Kawllni stooped and took the Panamanian's hand. _ _-- -- -- -- · "Pav! We've-fcee^ giving you the raw «-m1-T)T*"a" lot of snap judgments We've never s:ot acquainted until tflnight *' "Glad to meet you, too." Kawlitv? patted the Panamanian's rifled to leave last of all ami to walk Paredei w i t h a toml-er solicitude lad helped Maria to the waiting automobile, He rame baek. trying to color hih goodbye goodbye w i t h cheerfulness., "After all, yo\i may" open the- place again and let me visit you." "You will visit us perpetually." Bobby said, while Katberirift pre^r-d the Panamanian'.'; hand, "but never here again, WP will leave it to Its ghosts^ as vou have often prophesied." "I nm not sure," paredes said thoughtfully, "that the ghoais aren't here." It was evident that Uftihnm wisher! to speak to Bobby and Kathenne alone, so the Panamanian strolled fuel; to tbe automobile, Graham's embarrassment made them all uncomfortab'e. "V'ou h:ive not said n i m h to me Katherine.'' lie bf-gan, "It it bc'.''u«/' I practically liftd to Eobb'., t i v i n ~ ft keep you apart?" She tiled to :mile. "I, too. m'iKt ask foraivoiip.'p I shouldn't have "poken to oti a» I 'll'l the other nlsht in ( h e ' l u l l but r thought, because you taw Rohhv M u d I had come together, that you h.Tl spfe/j on rne, hart cMiberatelv" frieker] m", knowing the evidence was in tm r^o'u Of rowfe you did try to help B"bb'-'." "Yen," ho sii'I, "and I tried to h-ir ·\ou that night. I w a s =ur» you R,r» innocent. T believed th^ best wav to rj»we It to them tvai to let then rrareh The two of you have nothing worse than jealousy to reproach me with," In a sense it please'1 Bob'm t h a t Graham, who had alway* made birn fe«l unworthy in Kafhcrine's pre-^nee, phould confess himf-olf not beyond r»- proaeh. "Come, Harlcy," h n crlfi. "T waf bepinnlnK to think you were perfect. We'll get alons; all the better, the three of us, for having it out." Graham murmurer! n ii thanks. H" joined Paredes and Marls In the a u t o mobile. mobile. As they drove off Parerlos turned. HI"? faen. a 1 ! ho waved ,1 languid farewell, was quite witlwit et- prepfllon. Bohbv and Katharine were left alone tn the thicket and the old boye. A f t e r n time they walked thro jgh the emrr and from the shadow of tlr" t i n i e - s'ained. melancholy walK At the ( m e the rlrlvewaj. h«v pausM n"'l loo 1 ·" shrA!jfl o' lnrie)!ni-« s ,'ti'l deseend'nR upon *· · i* for them nsarh- pw'' 1 '"- nbl". So they tnrne'l from t'iff b f o r f - inp picture, 'and bnrd In Kind v a" f 1 out of fir forest ir'o t h e fnenrtlj v-olcomin?: su "At that, jou'd make a first-class detective," detective," THE END. m*ER: ; Hii ari|i;nmtantc, unujng oJjcrr, of Thomas J. Klor-sy, who v7nt. in tly. w a r of I*!2, and whu had come to Vernon as a hou?e builder in 1S20: Mr. .Sinith Vawter, owner of fc ot the mercantile mercantile stores, a penilfur and most in- C-restins haractet; loiiu Walker, the joconler of the rorit v , Simeon- Kobm- «on., w h o was, :' noUrv p u b l t f ; Mr. Baldwin, a m e r c h a n t , . a n d ;l most m- t'-rcstmR vo-ing man, a member of the Christian C n u n h , r lie told me, HIcK- tnan Nc v, a. c a b i n e t ir,.ikr, who«c father, JethrO New. hi/l come h t i e from Delaware, t h r o u g h Kentucky, In i ^" Another K"!, of tt\e ham'j name, of whom I li'^ui i.uuh, wa-s tin Ittv .lohn P.. ,\"ev,, ;i. 1 iplily esteemed n i t i i i f - t i r n t h f f n i l - ' i - n f'li'in-h, v.ho lud 1'fl V i i n o n 01,ly last yuu. 'i ··peitt soiin' tim- ror.ming ovr ih* b e a u t i f u l SilK ali , it the t o w n ar'l alon.: the banl'f- fit - t ' " Musc-jttptucI:, '"hi.'f tiio«)t pictnre f|ue sot 1 found lo be Of TmviO M i l l ' , ' 1'1,-i'f- '" 8 r/ w. 4 natural b'cautj, \\;trr t h 'nil! li tunneled 1'io'irU- in ou!'r ' I'T! water throiiRh f j o m '\M, Mi;"- t i t ? ' 1 ! ' h f o pro',de nm- me p O A « - j for I'KJ s.tfin» mill on t h e otl p r "-id", Ji tail and most imposinc 'trucluri. Tin and tl"- graveyard, d P'.afcf'i! rpot o;i ,t hill'ido overlooking tho Mu--cjtttatnr|:, v-ho^e graces, o\cr- i'in w i t h m v r t s o and Jh?''eii by trees, i,irl: aijalnat trio w-'itern sky. presented ,i picture on which I v,w? never tired of look in ff. After an excursion such as t U ' s ' t h e won!'- of tho poet Horace con- {ttintlj recumd to m r , when I thought of t'«' to'-', n of Vernon, "lUo tcrrarum inir.i praoter ornnt" anuulus rldet." "Tiif- lityp corner of tho earth pl^agei m' beion/3 all other-*" [On- (i.,iri"t c";i("it!\ lied i gontl"-'s !':,07,1«'!i;r ,,f J^iSr --Efl!tr'B Note.] In I hi" Kr.'!\'/r'l I found the t;ravea n f ( n o j l ' l i f f of the rct'ol'iUon-, born **i m V u o m a 1 ··' f ^i_t;ijir_iiu-t!»er tlic_ t iiie nor t] i spire to record in riMi'i o'u 'diuncy to !! ! t · yiourrl, for v rn A o' m M' j p-, I i , t l l J f t l . ' e i ) ! ' , J-i,'!irr 't In fv/ · w t I°.P ji,'v=ei throi's; i the to-.% nf t-ht!b\il!f and Indianapolis, the capital of ih« etatc, over a road known a» tha brought h i t h e r for this purpose, the tears sprang to nr, ryes. There were rirniy speeches at this meeting, and mii'-H singing, but more than the i6mideri peiiods of Mr. Broolcs and the oth^r orators of the day, was the slight of the p 0 f)le. from Michigan, Ohio, llluioi-; ard Kentucky, who had traveler] through mud and rain so long a distance to tliow their allegiance to the hero of the V, r i ill As -we rude homeward, more rplif ihii- time. ov,r '-nk was ^11 of the "White- w,ttc j r v,'ille\. t o w a r d which I would n r \ t t u r n my ,st( PS i (v U'ONTJXl'Kii XKXT SONDAT.) Contributed Verse Little Daughter. i u h f r v , ' n ' i n'ibon, broad and 'b!i! \ on !i' r J 1 ' ir , ·!.-['· r t ' J T itid '·ta.rchy, pressed i l l i pi - I t t ' l l ' ' tl A hero, ' fi-niK ur (linn flounce or fancy ' . -.vith tha tnwt kind of l"w '-""' r, p.'tW to '. p - ' . n t leather slipper M t H .!, b ' l ^ n \ r j s n i n v -!iw l j i i ' ' l , or a pair ·no-» j ^ Hi'-" I t i llm 'o M c "· r '(!·:}," tvjt sho never As v.i'h hr l i ' l ! ' he" iiai! l U-htie di j.f!glnjr 'rouna t -vo'il'lti t f j r f \r have my g!rl'» cro- l»s-i nf n-r tlo' he; , I'm prpti$ t v e ihi Ilk"; them and I'm fTlad to nit" -h£ knov, 1 ? "What's v.liit fo? J.K'P ladies who ore ? Tli" Intfot. ·,:iTi-t-t f.iRhir-ria and *t;l"" -ir .ill I!-- r**' I'll teieh !IT t 1 . user 1 ,t b-^ak me, how to CTC\ am fn th" h"jt -That -That not 'h 0 r r U iM^t ho^v tffio wcara th"m n '' r 1 tiff'f fat. A dirlmp 1)-"= "i for pa"U"3 anl 6 doll In any btt- «. Sho's an aiK'l Mth l.or nUhtte wrinkled 'round h"i n,ik"l toes. rron i-T hi*' tl''- to- 01* r n-rt n nl % i r'lnfto'vcr and rpn-n. "nK H'Jy of a moro cs- HT riai' v,i ii motln r "h But t!'. t'? ,. i i iMi-tto .and he* 'f IT' srte-v, 'It'll' ,'ticl mothers fti"» ,_^ Ed,; r [M ^n ^t'. jo do ____, Thoui?!! »ne " n u l l «-ninn~ u T'i flnr'nt that T\nnU] T '·'n r IwX^ - to nor "p'H. An'T flre-« In M i k - T P ^ ' LT;!H'', sbt would n ° \ ^ r ,nn,t ." ^- u ect, \ « r ! i ^ i l i t t l ' 'a --Ic tn" would douhls up hT 'tii'' " Anfl t u c ) : h"r h t t t " n'Thtlc FO hT tont- s\^3 v- uilclr.'t frfi'7* - ' Greenwood, In'd, CbiDE J3.

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 04 May 1919, Sun,
  3. Page 77

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