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ARRIVAL OF A TENNESSEAN.

horse carriage and an elegant dog, which he was evidently fond and proud of; he drove up before Gadsby's and the clerk and the landlord and everybody rushed out to take charge of him, but he said, 'Never mind' and jumped out and told the coachman to wait,—said he hadn't time to take anything to eat, he only had a little claim against the government to collect, would run across the way, to the Treasury, and fetch

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COULDN'T WAIT.

the money, and then get right along back to Tennessee, for he was in considerable of a hurry.

"Well, about eleven o'clock that night he came back and ordered a bed and told them to put the horses up,-said he would collect the claim in the morning. This was in January, you understand,—January 1834,—the 3d of January,—Wednesday.

"Well, on the 5th of February, he sold the fine carriage,

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DIDN'T CARE FOR STYLE.

and bought a cheap second-hand one,—said it would answer just as well to take the money home in, and he didn't care for style.

"On the 11th of August he sold a pair of the fine horses,