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A Thousand-Mile Walk

news he had just heard. "Three kingdoms, England, Ireland, and Russia, have declared war agin the United States. Oh, it s terrible, terrible," said he. "This big war comin so quick after our own big fight. Well, it can t be helped, and all I have to say is, Amerricay forever, but I’d a heap rather they did n’t fight."

"But are you sure the news is true?" I inquired. "Oh, yes, quite sure," he replied, "for me and some of my neighbors were down at the store last night, and Jim Smith can read, and he found out all about it in a newspaper."

Passed the poor, rickety, thrice-dead village of Jamestown, an incredibly dreary place. Toward the top of the Cumberland grade, about two hours before sundown I came to a log house, and as I had been warned that all the broad plateau of the range for forty or fifty miles was desolate, I began thus early to seek a lodging for the night. Knocking at the door, a motherly old lady replied to my request for supper and bed and breakfast, that I was welcome to the best she had, provided that I had the necessary

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