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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
going out according to the command of God to help
subdue the earth. It was getting late, and we turned
our team out of the road and into a little glade near
a clump of trees, and camped for the night, and we
boys were told to get some wood and make a camp
fire. We went down to the clump of trees, and they
proved to be persimmon trees, and they were loaded
with green persimmons, and we thought we had
found an apple orchard, and we were soon in the tree
tops trying to eat green persimmons. Our mouths
began to draw and our lips were soon puckered, and
the persimmons stuck in our throats as tight as the
forbidden apple did in the throat of Adam, and we
came down from the trees fearing the fruit might be
poisonous. Then Mother appeared on the scene and
saw the condition we were in, and said we were all
poisoned, and no doctor to be had this side of Stewardsville,
and Mother called to our father, "John,
John, bring some water quick, the boys are poisoned,
I believe they are all taking the lock jaw." The water
was brought, and we were told to rinse our mouths,
and Mother stripped her handkerchief to pieces and
had us to wipe out our mouths, and there we were all
standing up in line chewing the rag, and after the
Poison and persimmon excitement was over it was
some time before supper was prepared, and by that
time we were all right, ready and ravenous, and were
able to do justice to pone pancake and porridge, and
we then spread our blankets out upon the tall grass
and were soon sleeping the sleep of the innocent.
The next day we reached the black hogwallow
land, and Father thought it must be very rich and
Here’s what’s next.
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