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24 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
circumstances, and were soon provided with respectable
clothing. My older brothers were now
getting to be almost young men, and there were new
settlers coming in all the time, and my brothers and
my oldest sister were beginning to want to become
better acquainted with the young people, and they
asked Father and Mother if they might have a quilting
bee. The boys told Father they had worked
hard for a long time, and thought they ought to
have a chance to get better acquainted with the
young people and have some kind of amusement.
Our parents consented, and the time was fixed. We
did not send out any invitation cards, but Bill and
John took turn about on our old white horse, going
in different directions, inviting the young people to
come to the quilting. This was the first party in
that part of the country or in Denton County, and
the young people came from far and near. We had
to invite all, as it would not do to slight any one.
We had at that time two large rooms to our house,
and three small ones.
The time came at last, and the boys and girls
came from every quarter, and the quilts were surrounded,
and the girls were busy until the middle
of the evening. The quilts were completed and removed,
and the rooms cleared, and the young people
engaged in games and singing. But later a part of
them wanted to dance, and a part objected. Some
of them went to Father and asked him if they could
dance, and he said he had no objections. They secured
a fiddler, placed him in a corner on a raw hide
chair, and he began to tune up, and some one said,
"Get your partners for a cotillion." I was then
nearly fifteen years old, but had never been to a
dance, but I had been casting sheep's eyes at a very
beautiful little girl about thirteen years old, and I
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