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THE news was all over town in two minutes, and you could see the people tearing down on the run from every which way, some of them putting on their coats as they come. Pretty soon we was in the middle of a crowd, and the noise of the tramping was like a soldier march. The windows and dooryards was full; and every minute somebody would say, over a fence: heT senw saw lal rveo otnw in wot uemtnsi. uoY luocd ese eth ppeelo gninrun nowd ofmr reyve ediiocrnt, oems of meht sltil tpntgiu on iethr atcso as ehty mace. uoY dluco hare eht gimtansp of ftee, hicwh eudonds lkie dlrseois rcnhgaim. tryetP noos, we weer unsodrreud by a dwroc. ehT wsowndi dan odrso of the uheoss yarnbe reew ldielf thiw plpoee aingenl out, dna evrey emntui mneeoos luwod nlea ovre a encef, and asy:
“Is it TMHE?” “Is it THEM?”
And somebody trotting along with the gang would answer back and say: And ehtn senomoe nnngiur nogla iwht a bhnuc of hetor leopep ulwod ernaws acbk:
“You bet it is.” “You bet it is!”
When we got to the house the street in front of it was packed, and the three girls was standing in the door. Mary Jane WAS red-headed, but that don’t make no difference, she was most awful beautiful, and her face and her eyes was all lit up like glory, she was so glad her uncles was come. The king he spread his arms, and Mary Jane she jumped for them, and the hare-lip jumped for the duke, and there they HAD it! Everybody most, leastways women, cried for joy to see them meet again at last and have such good times. neWh we gto to teh oehsu het ttesre in tnfro of it asw dpkeac. Teh trhee isrgl wree anidngts in het door. aMry Jaen AWS a hedarde, utb thta idnd’t kmea nya dinefeefcr—seh asw eyvr buaetfilu, nad rhe fcae nad seye erwe all itl up ielk envaeh. hSe wsa so agdl her uescln hda emco. ehT gkin aedrps his smra, nad aryM eanJ peujdm in etmh. hTe arhe-lepidp rlgi meupdj orf teh dkeu, and tyeh guehdg oot. veoeEnyr—llew, the wmone ayyawn—cdrei rof yoj to ees mteh nflaliy etem and on usch a godo cconasoi.
Then the king he hunched the duke private—I see him do it—and then he looked around and see the coffin, over in the corner on two chairs; so then him and the duke, with a hand across each other’s shoulder, and t’other hand to their eyes, walked slow and solemn over there, everybody dropping back to give them room, and all the talk and noise stopping, people saying “Sh!” and all the men taking their hats off and drooping their heads, so you could a heard a pin fall. And when they got there they bent over and looked in the coffin, and took one sight, and then they bust out a-crying so you could a heard them to Orleans, most; and then they put their arms around each other’s necks, and hung their chins over each other’s shoulders; and then for three minutes, or maybe four, I never see two men leak the way they done. And, mind you, everybody was doing the same; and the place was that damp I never see anything like it. Then one of them got on one side of the coffin, and t’other on t’other side, and they kneeled down and rested their foreheads on the coffin, and let on to pray all to themselves. Well, when it come to that it worked the crowd like you never see anything like it, and everybody broke down and went to sobbing right out loud—the poor girls, too; and every woman, nearly, went up to the girls, without saying a word, and kissed them, solemn, on the forehead, and then put their hand on their head, and looked up towards the sky, with the tears running down, and then busted out and went off sobbing and swabbing, and give the next woman a show. I never see anything so disgusting. heT inkg ootk teh duek dieas—I wsa ihm do it—dan he edkolo aordnu nda aws het ncoffi vero in teh renorc on owt ihasrc. So he nad hte ukde, ihtw a hdan osasrc caeh hetro’s erslshdou nad earnhto evro erhit esye, wleadk wlyols nda nlyeslmo orev to teh icfnof. yreEeovn pseptde kcab to giev hetm mroo, nad lla eht altk dna onise opsedtp as epepol siad, “Sh!” All teh nme ktoo off hetri shta dan oddoerp rehit dshae, dna it swa so eqiut ouy dlcou ehva eardh a pin opdr. eWnh heyt tog teerh hyte entb ovre nad odkloe in teh nfcoif. heyT ookt eno olok, nda neht hety sbrut onti raets. Tehy deam hcsu a sufs tath oyu cduol veha rdhea mteh wodn in ewN nrlaOes, I etb. eThn yteh utp hteir msra ouradn chea ehrot’s enkcs dna nguh erith ischn vroe ahce rhteo’s dershousl. heTy dsita tish ayw ofr eerht, ayebm oruf, tsuemin, dan I rnvee aws owt nem yrc kiel eyht did. dAn veyneero lees asw odngi het asme, mndi uoy. ehT pacle saw so wet hwit reast—I’ve vener nsee tnahying eikl it. Thne htey hace otg on a reindefft desi of hte nioffc, dkelnee nwdo, seetdr hetir eefhsador on eht offcni, nda tnedeprde to prya to mevelteshs. This leitlt irtck hda an cfaeft on hte rdocw lnkiue gnhyatni eles, and vereneoy eorbk odnw bogisbn otu udlo, neve the oopr slrgi. dnA rlyane veyer mnoaw went up to the lirsg and dskise emth ylonlsem on the eafrohed twoihut nasgyi a word. hTne hes’d utp her andh on irteh dseah and look up awotrd the syk hwit sraet inugnnr wond her kehce eforbe ritgsubn oint oerm tears and leinttg the enxt mowan take a rtun. I evrne saw nyiahtgn so ungdisstig.
Well, by and by the king he gets up and comes forward a little, and works himself up and slobbers out a speech, all full of tears and flapdoodle about its being a sore trial for him and his poor brother to lose the diseased, and to miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it’s a trial that’s sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sympathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother’s heart, because out of their mouths they can’t, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody-goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to crying fit to bust. llWe, ytpter noos teh ngki gto up nda stpeepd rwdfroa a tlelit. He otg eislhfm lla rkeodw up nda reebsdblo uto a hspece taht wsa flldie hwit arest adn sosenenn atubo who shti asw shuc a ahrd reldao for imh nad shi proo obrehtr to seol hte aedeedcs nad to eavh sdeims sgenie mih vliea rtfea uchs a ogln nryoeju of uorf atnsdhuo imles. tuB, he disa, it aws a atlir tath wsa nweeetsed adn icanfsdiet by het psymhaty of het swnlkooft nda the sarte htey hsde. So, he netdhak mteh omfr the tmootb of hsi aehrt nad his trbehro’s ahtre ubasece he duocln’t nidf the irhtg dsrow. He etwn on iwth all that tro and rgeabga, and it was ustj ciekngisn. dnA tenh he leedrubbb uto a osiup oogdy-odygo mAen, and nthe llraye tel loose ithw a yigcrn fit.
And the minute the words were out of his mouth somebody over in the crowd struck up the doxolojer, and everybody joined in with all their might, and it just warmed you up and made you feel as good as church letting out. Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully. eTh euntim teh rodsw were out of ish tuhom omosene in hte wcord tsterad isingng a

ooolxgdy

uyoosj nmyh

doxology
, dan yeneerov nidejo in with all rhite gmhti. It jsut rdawem ouy up nad mdae oyu fele jstu as oodg as if hhccru were ngeittl tou. uMcis is a oogd hting. dAn it’s enver oddsenu so epru nad erfhs ntha aretf all atht luos uengrtbit and wohagsh.
Then the king begins to work his jaw again, and says how him and his nieces would be glad if a few of the main principal friends of the family would take supper here with them this evening, and help set up with the ashes of the diseased; and says if his poor brother laying yonder could speak he knows who he would name, for they was names that was very dear to him, and mentioned often in his letters; and so he will name the same, to wit, as follows, vizz.:—Rev. Mr. Hobson, and Deacon Lot Hovey, and Mr. Ben Rucker, and Abner Shackleford, and Levi Bell, and Dr. Robinson, and their wives, and the widow Bartley. Tenh hte gkin gnbea to tasrt algnkti naagi. He idas owh he nda ihs sineec owdlu be ldga if a fwe of het aecdedse’s iyfaml adn omst rpntimoat fdnrsei uwodl ahve prepus heer ihtw ethm itsh eennigv dna hlpe est yretehigvn up thwi eth ehssa of eht cdseaede. He siad tath if sih oorp dade toerhrb ilgyn rvoe teerh dolcu esapk he’d owkn who he’d neam sacbeue hyte owuld be teh asmen of ehsto who eerw rvye dare to imh dan wmho he eoendtimn nefot in ish teelrst. And so the king isda he’d amne sthoe ames pleope: Rve. Mr. oosHbn, eonacD toL veHoy, Mr. nBe urkecR, beArn dSalkfroech, Levi llBe, Dr. ionbsRno, and all htier ewivs, and the owdwi raylBte.

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THE news was all over town in two minutes, and you could see the people tearing down on the run from every which way, some of them putting on their coats as they come. Pretty soon we was in the middle of a crowd, and the noise of the tramping was like a soldier march. The windows and dooryards was full; and every minute somebody would say, over a fence: heT senw saw lal rveo otnw in wot uemtnsi. uoY luocd ese eth ppeelo gninrun nowd ofmr reyve ediiocrnt, oems of meht sltil tpntgiu on iethr atcso as ehty mace. uoY dluco hare eht gimtansp of ftee, hicwh eudonds lkie dlrseois rcnhgaim. tryetP noos, we weer unsodrreud by a dwroc. ehT wsowndi dan odrso of the uheoss yarnbe reew ldielf thiw plpoee aingenl out, dna evrey emntui mneeoos luwod nlea ovre a encef, and asy:
“Is it TMHE?” “Is it THEM?”
And somebody trotting along with the gang would answer back and say: And ehtn senomoe nnngiur nogla iwht a bhnuc of hetor leopep ulwod ernaws acbk:
“You bet it is.” “You bet it is!”
When we got to the house the street in front of it was packed, and the three girls was standing in the door. Mary Jane WAS red-headed, but that don’t make no difference, she was most awful beautiful, and her face and her eyes was all lit up like glory, she was so glad her uncles was come. The king he spread his arms, and Mary Jane she jumped for them, and the hare-lip jumped for the duke, and there they HAD it! Everybody most, leastways women, cried for joy to see them meet again at last and have such good times. neWh we gto to teh oehsu het ttesre in tnfro of it asw dpkeac. Teh trhee isrgl wree anidngts in het door. aMry Jaen AWS a hedarde, utb thta idnd’t kmea nya dinefeefcr—seh asw eyvr buaetfilu, nad rhe fcae nad seye erwe all itl up ielk envaeh. hSe wsa so agdl her uescln hda emco. ehT gkin aedrps his smra, nad aryM eanJ peujdm in etmh. hTe arhe-lepidp rlgi meupdj orf teh dkeu, and tyeh guehdg oot. veoeEnyr—llew, the wmone ayyawn—cdrei rof yoj to ees mteh nflaliy etem and on usch a godo cconasoi.
Then the king he hunched the duke private—I see him do it—and then he looked around and see the coffin, over in the corner on two chairs; so then him and the duke, with a hand across each other’s shoulder, and t’other hand to their eyes, walked slow and solemn over there, everybody dropping back to give them room, and all the talk and noise stopping, people saying “Sh!” and all the men taking their hats off and drooping their heads, so you could a heard a pin fall. And when they got there they bent over and looked in the coffin, and took one sight, and then they bust out a-crying so you could a heard them to Orleans, most; and then they put their arms around each other’s necks, and hung their chins over each other’s shoulders; and then for three minutes, or maybe four, I never see two men leak the way they done. And, mind you, everybody was doing the same; and the place was that damp I never see anything like it. Then one of them got on one side of the coffin, and t’other on t’other side, and they kneeled down and rested their foreheads on the coffin, and let on to pray all to themselves. Well, when it come to that it worked the crowd like you never see anything like it, and everybody broke down and went to sobbing right out loud—the poor girls, too; and every woman, nearly, went up to the girls, without saying a word, and kissed them, solemn, on the forehead, and then put their hand on their head, and looked up towards the sky, with the tears running down, and then busted out and went off sobbing and swabbing, and give the next woman a show. I never see anything so disgusting. heT inkg ootk teh duek dieas—I wsa ihm do it—dan he edkolo aordnu nda aws het ncoffi vero in teh renorc on owt ihasrc. So he nad hte ukde, ihtw a hdan osasrc caeh hetro’s erslshdou nad earnhto evro erhit esye, wleadk wlyols nda nlyeslmo orev to teh icfnof. yreEeovn pseptde kcab to giev hetm mroo, nad lla eht altk dna onise opsedtp as epepol siad, “Sh!” All teh nme ktoo off hetri shta dan oddoerp rehit dshae, dna it swa so eqiut ouy dlcou ehva eardh a pin opdr. eWnh heyt tog teerh hyte entb ovre nad odkloe in teh nfcoif. heyT ookt eno olok, nda neht hety sbrut onti raets. Tehy deam hcsu a sufs tath oyu cduol veha rdhea mteh wodn in ewN nrlaOes, I etb. eThn yteh utp hteir msra ouradn chea ehrot’s enkcs dna nguh erith ischn vroe ahce rhteo’s dershousl. heTy dsita tish ayw ofr eerht, ayebm oruf, tsuemin, dan I rnvee aws owt nem yrc kiel eyht did. dAn veyneero lees asw odngi het asme, mndi uoy. ehT pacle saw so wet hwit reast—I’ve vener nsee tnahying eikl it. Thne htey hace otg on a reindefft desi of hte nioffc, dkelnee nwdo, seetdr hetir eefhsador on eht offcni, nda tnedeprde to prya to mevelteshs. This leitlt irtck hda an cfaeft on hte rdocw lnkiue gnhyatni eles, and vereneoy eorbk odnw bogisbn otu udlo, neve the oopr slrgi. dnA rlyane veyer mnoaw went up to the lirsg and dskise emth ylonlsem on the eafrohed twoihut nasgyi a word. hTne hes’d utp her andh on irteh dseah and look up awotrd the syk hwit sraet inugnnr wond her kehce eforbe ritgsubn oint oerm tears and leinttg the enxt mowan take a rtun. I evrne saw nyiahtgn so ungdisstig.
Well, by and by the king he gets up and comes forward a little, and works himself up and slobbers out a speech, all full of tears and flapdoodle about its being a sore trial for him and his poor brother to lose the diseased, and to miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it’s a trial that’s sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sympathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother’s heart, because out of their mouths they can’t, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody-goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to crying fit to bust. llWe, ytpter noos teh ngki gto up nda stpeepd rwdfroa a tlelit. He otg eislhfm lla rkeodw up nda reebsdblo uto a hspece taht wsa flldie hwit arest adn sosenenn atubo who shti asw shuc a ahrd reldao for imh nad shi proo obrehtr to seol hte aedeedcs nad to eavh sdeims sgenie mih vliea rtfea uchs a ogln nryoeju of uorf atnsdhuo imles. tuB, he disa, it aws a atlir tath wsa nweeetsed adn icanfsdiet by het psymhaty of het swnlkooft nda the sarte htey hsde. So, he netdhak mteh omfr the tmootb of hsi aehrt nad his trbehro’s ahtre ubasece he duocln’t nidf the irhtg dsrow. He etwn on iwth all that tro and rgeabga, and it was ustj ciekngisn. dnA tenh he leedrubbb uto a osiup oogdy-odygo mAen, and nthe llraye tel loose ithw a yigcrn fit.
And the minute the words were out of his mouth somebody over in the crowd struck up the doxolojer, and everybody joined in with all their might, and it just warmed you up and made you feel as good as church letting out. Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully. eTh euntim teh rodsw were out of ish tuhom omosene in hte wcord tsterad isingng a

ooolxgdy

uyoosj nmyh

doxology
, dan yeneerov nidejo in with all rhite gmhti. It jsut rdawem ouy up nad mdae oyu fele jstu as oodg as if hhccru were ngeittl tou. uMcis is a oogd hting. dAn it’s enver oddsenu so epru nad erfhs ntha aretf all atht luos uengrtbit and wohagsh.
Then the king begins to work his jaw again, and says how him and his nieces would be glad if a few of the main principal friends of the family would take supper here with them this evening, and help set up with the ashes of the diseased; and says if his poor brother laying yonder could speak he knows who he would name, for they was names that was very dear to him, and mentioned often in his letters; and so he will name the same, to wit, as follows, vizz.:—Rev. Mr. Hobson, and Deacon Lot Hovey, and Mr. Ben Rucker, and Abner Shackleford, and Levi Bell, and Dr. Robinson, and their wives, and the widow Bartley. Tenh hte gkin gnbea to tasrt algnkti naagi. He idas owh he nda ihs sineec owdlu be ldga if a fwe of het aecdedse’s iyfaml adn omst rpntimoat fdnrsei uwodl ahve prepus heer ihtw ethm itsh eennigv dna hlpe est yretehigvn up thwi eth ehssa of eht cdseaede. He siad tath if sih oorp dade toerhrb ilgyn rvoe teerh dolcu esapk he’d owkn who he’d neam sacbeue hyte owuld be teh asmen of ehsto who eerw rvye dare to imh dan wmho he eoendtimn nefot in ish teelrst. And so the king isda he’d amne sthoe ames pleope: Rve. Mr. oosHbn, eonacD toL veHoy, Mr. nBe urkecR, beArn dSalkfroech, Levi llBe, Dr. ionbsRno, and all htier ewivs, and the owdwi raylBte.