The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 7
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
that office and opened the door and pointed to the Register. Only
two went into the office; the other, the smallest of the three, was
left examining my compass and instruments. I returned imme-
diately to replace them, when he eyed me from feet to head and
asked me if they were mine, and if I used them. I told him, in
answer to the first enquiry, they were, and that I had no use for
them on the steamer. He smiled one of his gracious smiles and
said he meant to ask if I understood their use. I replied that I had
acquired that information. I could not keep from showing my
pride, and told him that I had won them five years ago for my
expertness in the science of surveying.
One of the three, for they all had entered the cabin, said some-
thing about going up to town. I replied that our breakfast would
be ready in a few minutes, after which they could go up in one of
the conveyances that plied up and down for the benefit of passen-
gers. After breakfast I went into the office to see the names of my
passengers and where they were from. The latter I did not learn,
as I saw only that they had crossed from what is now Vidalia. The
three sauntered about over the boat and eventually located them-
selves on the south side of the office, as much to be in the sun as to
be shielded from a cold north wind, for it was now the last of Sep-
tember, or the first of October. On the side where they were, my
window sash was up, but the slatted blinds were closed. I was
busily engaged about my freight and papers and was attracted by a
remark from one of them, perhaps in a little more distinct and
louder tone than the rest of the conversation. I heard him say "He
is a fine scribe," when a second said, "He has the confidence of the
captain to be left here in charge of the boat and perhaps all other
times." Here I was cars and mouth open to divine what was on the
tapis, so far as I was concerned. "Well," one now spoke whom I
had not noticed as speaking before, "I should like the best of all my
immigrants to have him go with me." He went on to say to one of
them, "Can't you pump him and learn his feelings on the subject ?"
It was now getting toward 12 o'clock, and the three had gone
ashore, and at the same time an omnibus came down and the three
along with others went up town. A little time previous, however,
one of the three came into the office. He was the "proxy," a long,
tall "I guess and avow, etc.," a Yankee of the simon-pure school.
I was at once disgusted. He took a seat on an empty stool and
began twisting and wriggling about, and said at length, "You have
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900, periodical, 1900; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101015/m1/15/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.