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A Quarter Race in Kentucky—A Shark Story—Lanty Oliphant in Court—Bill Morse on the City Taxes—Ance Veasy's Fight with Reub Sessions—The Fastest Funeral on Record—Going to Bed before a Young Lady—A Millerite Miracle—Old Singletire—'Running a Saw' on a French Gentleman—Breaking a Bank—Taking the Census—Dick Harlau's Tennessee Frolic—'Falling off a Log' in a Game of 'Seven up'—The 'Werry Fast Crab'—'French without a Master'—A Rollicking Dragoon Officer—The Georgia Major in Court—Uncle Billy Brown 'Glorious'—Old Tuttle's Last Quarter Race—Bill Dean, the Texan Ranger—The Steamboat Captain who was averse to Racing—Bob Herring the Arkansas Bear-Hunter—McAlpin's Trip to Charleston—Indian Rubber Pills—A Murder Case in Mississippi—Kicking a Yankee—A 'Down-east' Original—Somebody in my Bed—A Day at Sol.
...It is singular that the sagacity which can detect thought only in a state of dilution, is not sadly graveled when it thinks of the sententious aphorisms which have survived whole libraries of folios, and the little songs which have outrun, in the race of fame, so many enormous epics.—While it can easily be demonstrated that Macaulay's writings contain a hundred-fold more matter and thought, than an equal number of volumes taken from what are called, par eminence, the 'British Essayists,' it is not broaching any literary heresy to predict, that they will sail as far down the stream of time, as those eminent members of the illustrious family of British classics.'