True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young. Page: 157
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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 167
"Ed Gore and I thought as much of that rooster as though he
had been our son. We took turns in carrying him when we were
on the march and if we had only one handful of corn for our
ration Jim got half of it. He was always getting in some trouble
by being too familiar with the men. Usually he roosted on me
or Ed Goree, but one night he took a notion to roost on Jim
Langston, who was perfectly bald. About -daylight Jim Longstreet
woke up, and, stepping over on Jim'sbald head, he threw
back his head and sounded reveille. Now if Jim had remained
quiet nothing would have occurred, but instead of doing
so he made a grab for Jim Longstreet, who, in his haste to
get away, closed his claws and cut three or four long gashes on
Langston's head. He jumped up and, grabbing his gun, tried
to shoot Jim. It was all we could do to keep him from shooting
Jim, but finally we got him quieted down.
"When we went down to the peninsula Jim went with us and
won a small fortune for us, for we met some North Carolina
troops down there and they had some fighting chickens with
them. One great secret of our success was that Jim was mighty
deceiving in his looks. He was mild mannered and to look at
him you would not think butter would melt in his mouth. He
would walk about looking as if he would rather eat than do
anything else and would actually pretend not to know what we
were talking about when we were trying to arrange a fight. He
was awfully cute that way. But aft
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/157/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .