The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 9
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The Lost Jozurr 'als of a South western Frontiersuman 9
Capt. Greer-a man of a little more show, but not as pleasant
fare as I had last night." The next day:
Stayed tonight at Allmark's or Hallmark's (or what-
soever his name may be), 10 miles West of the village
of Crockett. Post-office here: and the mail arriving
just after dark I was amused to witness the opening
of it. The old gentleman, the post master, tumbled the
contents of the mail bags upon the floor; and half a
dozen brats, his children, gathered around to assist
assort it. In a short time it was half scattered over
the house. Every child had his package: one would
cry "Daddy, this is to stop here"; another "Daddy,
this for Red River"-another "Daddy, this goes to
Nacogdoches"- and so it went on till every super-
scription was read, and ordered by the P. M. to be
stowed by accordingly without further examination.
Thus, no doubt some packages were wrongly for-
warded, whilst others may have been stopped that did
not pertain them; whilst some run a chance of having
been entirely mislaid.
Why do we smile at this picture? Why is it a fragment of
history ? Because it catches a little beam of that light reflected
by the people in their ways, their common times and incidents,
the undress likeness of humanity where we may find ourselves
to one or another degree.
He moved on, indefatigably describing the country:
This country passed over today is a good deal of the
character of that of yesterday-most of pine woods-
intermixt with occasional oaks, dogwood, chinkapins,
etc. Tonight I turned up the Sabine a few miles
to the widow Ferguson's. This is a cousin of mine,
who had the misfortune to marry a certain Jo. Fergu-
son, a man of not very fair character-at least the
character he developed in his latter days was anything
but favorable. He was killed two or three years ago
on account of some difficulty originating perhaps in
his ill conduct. . . . The people were in commotion-
indeed we might say civil war during most of last
summer and fall (in Shelby, Harrison and Panola
counties). There were two parties got up, one calling
themselves the regulators-the other the moderators.
These formed themselves for a while into opposing
armies-and during their difficulties several men were
killed. But it seems their difficulties have been partly
settled and all is quiet again.
Here’s what’s next.
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