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THE UPPER J)E8 M01NES-SUPPLEMENT-WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 1893, A LITERAL MINDED MAN. An Interested Spectator Wlio Took a Political Story In Good Faith. The most curious person in the audience of a storyteller is the literal minded man. When General Dix ran for governor there was great discussion as tc his age. It -was one of the controversies of the canvass. His opponents claimed that he was too old to fulfill the functions of the office. Singularly enough, the biographical dictionaries differed aboui ten years. I was making a speech al Watertqwn to a very big audience. ] was running at that time as a liberal Republican for lieutenant governor upon the same ticket with Francis Kernan. It was an immense outdoor audience. In front of mo stood a man who watched me during tho three hours of that speech for the purpose of catching me on some material point. I finally took up the question of General Dix's age, gave the dates of the various biographical dictionaries and Mi- cyclopedias, and based a theory on how old he must have been in the war of 1819, where he was a lieutenant, and finally said that th<> only really authentic datu had been revealed by some recent researches in tho colonial records of Massachusetts. It had been discovered that when the pilgrim fathers landed on Plymouth rock they found General Di:t standing on that historic spot and shouting that unless they made him u justice of the peace he would go over and join the Indians, the point of which was that the general had changed his politics several times, and every time he got an office. My critical friend saw his opportunity and grasped it at once. He sprang up witbiv shout that could be heard to tin; border. "Mr. Depew. that is a cl at him for u moment to bee ipJfeiher he had swallowed the bait. and ''found that he had taken it to hool; and line, bob and sinker, whole mid all. Then I stepped to the front of the platform and said with fjreat emphasis and indignation. "Sir, I have told that Historic anecdote from Montauk point to Niagara falls to hundreds of thousands of the intelligent and educated people of this great commonwealth, and you are the only man who ever had the atidacity to deny it." "It ain't true, Mr. Depew," lie repeated, "because that happened more than 250 years ago." I was told when in Watertown last fall that although this happened in 1872 that man had never been able to come into town since,— Chauncey M. Depew in New York World. . The \Vuvorly Oaks. The great oaks at Waverly, Mass., are siirvivals of an oak forest that must have existed in that region, according to the geologists and students of trees, as far back as tho Tenth century. They ,,bear every evidence of great age, and an elm tree in the neigborhood, now almost dismantled, with its great limbs lying on the ground and nearly all of its branches decayed, is tho most venerable object in the lino of trees that can probably be displayed in New England. It is well worth a visit to Waverly just to see this venerable ebn. [t is immense in the size of its trunk, and its dignity in decay is very impressive. Tho dozen oak trees in tho neighborhood are of the sort that attain a very great age and that maintain their virility unimpaired. We know of only one other oak tree in New England that can bo compared with them. That ia located in Ipswich, and is larger and more venerable apparently than any of the Waverly oaks, and that and tho Waverly oaks, we are glad to know, havo been inspected by the state park commissioners and are likely to be preserved. It is worth one's while to see and study these majestic oaks. 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