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the Mississippi and the swamplands of the White River country
that evening, and so to Little Rock and on to our destination.
In Texarkana, then a little town on the Texas-Arkansas
boundary, we found that everything went by twos. There were
two city halls, two federal courts, and two city hospitals. Lumber,
sulphur, and cotton gave the people a living. We found a room
with cots in a cheap hotel for fifty cents apiece. The next day we
registered for the examination, which was being held in a room
over a drugstore, and paid a fee of $25.oo. The day following,
about nine o'clock, we received our sealed list of questions.
The Fates had not always smiled on me, but this time they
did so with a vengeance. There was hardly a question in the
exam that we had not thoroughly covered in our quizzes. With
an hour off at noon, we had finished by five. So sure were we
of favorable results that we left a forwarding address in Green-
ville, our next stop, and took the night train going West. Gerald
was still very much with us. He was ripening all the time.
Early in the morning, before daybreak, we arrived at Green-
ville, at this time a small town of about seven thousand in Hunt
County, some fifty miles to the north and east of Dallas. Walsh,
who lived in town, immediately headed home. McMillan's
family raised cotton and lived some five or ten miles out. So
now we had to hire a wagon. Across the street we saw a livery-
stable sign and woke up the stableman. He did not take kindly
to us, or at any rate to Gerald.
Holding up his lantern, the stableman said: "Boys, what y'all
got in that box? Something smells mighty strange."
"A cadaver, that's all," said McMillan.
"An' what's that?" the stableman inquired.
"That's Gerald," said McMillan. "He's dead and we've got
him carved up."
"How come?" the stableman said.
"We're doctors," said McMillan.
The enormity of it all gripped the stableman's slow brain. He
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