The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 67
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Journal of Lewis Birdsall Harris, 1836-1842 67
proprietor in . We arrived at a place called Water Street
about 7 o'clock, a small place of about a dozen houses in sight of
the Juniata River and 94 miles from Williams Port and 112 miles
We were here informed that the places had been taken in Bal-
timore a long time ahead in the stages and that we would prob-
ably not get a chance to go on for 3 or 4 days.
Wednesday [March] 16th Waited all day very impatiently but
the stages all full, amused myself listening to the conversation of
the frequenters of the tavern, some party men were discussing the
late appointments it appears that some Ritner men assisted dur-
ing the last election with a view of getting offices and were dis-
appointed, a Jackson man is laughing at them. Got into the good
graces of the stage driver who was going to drive tomorrow's stage
from here and by bribing him-Penna a great state for bribery-
he agreed if possible to take me on with him.
Thursday [March] 17th. Stage arrived and one vacant place
inside Mr. Wilson took that and I got up with the new driver who
had Smuggled my trunk aboard, after going a few miles the in-
side passengers discovered that the driver had a passenger with
him which the law did not allow, and as the roads were bad they
made a row. I told them I was going through if the stage did.
They quieted down after a while, and when we stopped Mr. Wilson
told me the reason. He said they were mostly young merchants
returning to Pittsburgh and he told them that I was going to
Texas to fight the Mexicans and was determined not to be de-
tained and that he thought from what he had seen of me that it
would be very unhealthy for any of them if they interfered and
undertook to get me off the stage. We passed through Hollidays-
burg, quite a large place about 1200 inhabitants-and a few smaller
places, it was 3 o'clock when we passed the summit of the Alle-
ghanies, it was quite warm and pleasant, from here the waters
part, some flowing into the Chesapeake and some into the Gulf of
Mexico, the view was quite charming. We had a pretty rough
time in passing down Laurel Hill and Chesnut Ridge, the road
was covered with ice, and altho the driver put log chains around
the wheels-after locking them-so that the chains would cut into
the ice-he would have to whip up his horses and go at a brisk
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