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INDIAN .WARIS -AND PIONEERS OF TEXAIS.
occupied an honored place and felt a sincere
interest in the welfare of the Association.
"' We are going, one )y one.'
"A little incident connected with last year was
brought to mnid by hearing the name of a certain
veteran read from the leath-roll. Ile had been
brought to Mrs. Winkler's lhome, in Corsicana,
very early in tile morning, and at breakfast Mrs.
Winkler askedl him to say grace. The old man
turne(l hiis face with his hand to his ear, saying,
'Cream, but no sugar,' an(l Mrs. W. asked
lher own blessing. It was told that the old( man
said( to one of his friends: ' What (do you think;
the good lady I am stopping witll asked me to say
grace at table; I am such an old reprobate, I
could think of notliing; so pllayed (leaf, and told
her, 'Cream, but no sugar in my coffee.'
"I cannot close this meager sketch of tile Veterans'
meeting without mention of Aunt Nancy, as
she is familiarly called. She is a very well preserved
old lady of eighty-one, hut does not look it. She
is a regular attendant at the meetings, and says she
woul( sell her last hen rather than miss one; her
peculiar style of (dess and unsophisticated manner
make her conspicuous. Being very anxious that
the Veterans' Association shoul( liol(d its next
meeting at her home, Jacksonville, the President
invited her to come on the stage and ask
the Veterans herself. IIe escorted her to the front,
and Aunt Nancy said: 'My (lear Veterans, the
people of my town want you to come there next
year. They will take good care of you. Some
say Jacksonville is too small, but we had the Methodist
conference there, and treated themr well, and
if you will only come, I will take care of you myself!'
That of course brought down the liouse.
The (lear old woman likes to meet those who follght
si(le by side witli her husband, who lhas been lea(l
many years, and no one but his old companions in
danger remember him. Some one jokedl her about
marrying. 'No,' says she, ' I have lived thirty
years Capt. Kimbro's widow, and expect to (lie
Capt. Kimbro's widow.'
"l The people of Temple paid the Veterans tle
great compliment of asking them to meet tlere again
next year, saying they could do better next year, as
they hIad now learned how. Many thanks to them."
^ . . .-A.
M. DIGNOWITY, M. D.,
Antone Michael Dignowity was born in Kuttenberg,
Bohemia, January 16th, 1810, and came of
a family possessing some means and enjoying some
distinction for intellectual end(owments. his educational
opportunities were good and he availed
himself of them, taking a thorough collegiate course
in the Jesuit College of his native place. lie came
to America at the age of twenty-two, sailing, as his
passport recites, from Hamburg, February 17th,
1832, resi(led for some time after his arrival in tile
country in different parts of the South and acquired
considerable property at Natchez (where lie lived
longer than elsewhere before coming to Texas),
notably a hotel which was destroye(l by the great
tornado of 18-. In 1835, while residing in Mississippi
he made a trip to Texas. extending as far as
San Antonio, but soon returned, read me(licine at
Natchez, Miss., under Drs. Stone and Carrothers,
and attendled lectures in Cincinnati, Ohio. lie
adopted the eclectic system of medicine, then in its
infancy, and began its practice in Mississippi. He
shortly after gathered up the fragments of his hotel
fixtures and furniture (which had been scattereld )y
the tornado), and chartered the little steamer,
" Lady Morgan" and moved to Talequah, I. T.,
the then recently establislied seat of government of
the Cherokee Nation. Here he l)racticed his profession
for a year or more, (luring the time frequently
visiting Little Rock, Ark., where he met
and, on February 9th, 1843, married Miss Amanda
.J. McCann, (laughter of Francis M. McCann, who
had settled there two years before. Mr. McCann
(lied in 1850, and his wife in 1887, the latter at the
age of eighty-seven years. Both drew pensions
from the United States government up to the time
of their deaths. After his marriage Dr. I)ignowity
moved to a small place called Illinois Falls in the
western part of Arkansas, near tihe Indian country,
an(d there continued the practice of his profession
until the early spring of 1846, when he volunteered
under ex-Governor Yell of Arkansas for service in
the war between the Inited States and Mexico.
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