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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 25
would have almost given my life to have got a
chance to talk to her, and when they called for partners
for the cotillion I thought now was my chance,
and I advanced towards her to ask her to dance
with me. But when I got in front of her I was
paralyzed and speechless. My heart seemed to come
up in my throat and got in my mouth. But I did
have power to extend my right hand, and she saw
distressing and painful condition I was in, and she
must have had pity on me. She gave me her hand,
and we were the first couple on the floor. The set
was soon made up, and the fiddle began to play, and
some one said, "Who is going to prompt for us?"
Well, I did not know what that meant, but presently
a fellow called out in a loud voice, "Honor to your
partners, lady on the left!" and they all began to
bow. I must confess I did not make much of a
Chesterfieldian bow, but I got as graceful a curve
on me as I possibly could. Then the call was, "Join
hands and circle to the left!" Well, that was easy.
The next call came in a very loud and commanding
tone, "Turn 'em loose, and every man to his
puncheon, and balance all!" I am sure it would
have provoked a hearty laugh from the soberest
judge that ever Dallas County produced to have seen
us facing those pretty girls and trying to keep time
with that frisky fiddle, as the tall man in the corner
kept playing fast and furious on the one old tune,
on his three-string fiddle"Chicken
in the bread tray picking up the dough,
Granny, will your dog bite? No, child, no."
But the merry makers seemed to enjoy it, probably
better than the learned professor enjoys the
classic music of to-day. The dancing was kept up
all night, and the tall fiddler in the corner stuck to
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/39/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .