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Title: The Southern states of North America: a record of journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland
Authors: King, Edward, 1848-1896
Publisher: London : Blackie & son
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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and Louis-ville seemed to him like dreams. By and by the family came crowding in toevening prayers. It was quite dark, and the forest around us was still. A TENNESSEE PARSON S HOME 481 The parson took down a well-worn Bible, and opening it at the Psalms, read,in a loud voice, and with occasional quaint cxpnindings, one or two selections ;after which, taking up a hymn-book, he read a hymn, and the family sang line byline as he gave them out. They sung in quavering, high-pitched voices, to thesame tunes which were heard in the Tennessee mountains when Nolichucky wasan infant settlement, and the banks of the French Broad were crimsoned with theblood of white settlers, shed by the Indians. The echoes of the hymn died away into the depths of the forest, and weresucceeded by a prayer of earnestness and fervor, marked here and there bystrong phrases of dialect, but one which made our little cornpany bow their heads,for the parson prayed for us and for our journey, and brought the prayer home
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faniilv Sana ij by nil to US. Another hymn was lined, during which the hounds now and then joinedin with their musical howls, and at last the family withdrew, leaving us in thespare-room. Presently, however, the parson reappeared, and announced that heand his wife would share the room with us, which they did ; and we werewakened to the six oclock breakfast by the good woman, who joined v.ith herhusband in reproving us for continuing our journey on the Sabbath day. As we started once more, the wagon, carefully mended overnight, brokedown again ! So then the parson stripped a hickory bough with hi.s own hands,and bound together the pieces. A mile farther on, coming to another forge, wehalted until a second smith tried his hand at a permanent mending, although hesaid he mout get fined by the authorities for working on a Sunday. The^______^^ I.... -^-sc 48: ENTERING THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS.
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