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Mr. Page delineates finely the old Virginia darkey and his dialect, as Mr. Harris does the darkey of the Carolinas and Georgia. There is a marked difference between them.
“ The naturalness of his style, the skill with which he uses seemingly indifferent incidents and sayings to trick out and light up his pictures, the apparently unintentional and therefore most effective touches of pathos, are uncommon.”
MARSE CHAN'S LAST BATTLE.
(From Marse Chan: In Ole Virginia.*) • Well, jes' den dey blowed boots an' saddles, an’ we mounted : an' de orders come to ride 'roun’de slope, an' Marse Chan's comp’ny wuz de secon', an’ when we got 'roun' dyah, we wuz right in it. Hit wuz de wust place ever dis nigger got in. An' dey said, 'Charge 'em!' an' my king! ef ever you see bullets fly, dey did dat day. Hit wuz jes' like hail; an’ we wen' down de slope (I ’long wid de res') an' up de hill right to’ds de cannons, an' de fire wuz so strong dyar (dey had a whole rigiment of infintrys layin' down dyar onder de cannons) our lines sort o'broke an' stop ; de cun'l was kilt, an' I b’lieve dey wuz jes' 'bout to bre’k all to pieces, when Marse Chan rid up an' cotch hol de fleg, an' hollers, ‘Foller me!' and rid strainin' up de hill ’mong de cannons.
“I seen 'im when he went, de sorrel four good lengths ahead o' ev'ry urr hoss, jes' like he use’ to be in a fox-hunt, an' de whole rigiment right arfter 'im. Yo' ain' nuyver hear thunder! Fust thing I knowed, de roan roll' head over heels an' flung me up ’g’inst de bank, like yo' chuck a nubbin over 'g'inst de foot o' de corn pile. An' dat's what kep' me from bein' kilt, I 'spects. Judy she say she think 'twuz Providence, but I think 'twuz de bank.
* By permission of author, and publishers, Charles Scribner's Sons, N. Y.
Providence put de bank dyah, but how come Providence nuver saved Marse Chan?
“When I look 'roun' de roan wuz lyin' dyah by me, stone dead, wid a cannon-ball gone 'mos' th’oo him, an' our men had done swep' dem on t'urr side from de top o' de hill. 'Twan' mo'n a minit, de sorrel come gallupin' back wid his mane flyin', an' de rein hangin' down on one side to his knee. Dyar!' says I, • fo' God! I 'spects dey done kill Marse Chan, an' I promised to tek care on him.'
*I jumped up an' run over de bank, an'dyar, wid a whole lot o' dead men, an' some not dead yit, onder one o' de guns, wid de fleg still in he han', an'a bullet right th’oo he body, lay Marse Chan. I tu'n him over an' call him, Marse Chan!' but 'twan' no use, he wuz done gone home, sho' ’nuff. I pick 'im up in my arms wid de fleg still in he han's, an' toted 'im back jes like I did dat day when he wus a baby, an' ole marster gin 'im to me in my arms, an' sez he could trus' me, an' tell me to tek keer on ’im long ez he lived.
“I kyar'd 'im 'way off de battle-fiel' out de way o' de balls, an' I laid 'im down onder a big tree till I could git somebody to ketch the sorrel for me. He wuz cotched arfter a while, an' I hed some money, so I got some pine plank an' made a coffin dat evenin', an’ wrapt Marse Chan's body up in de fleg, and put 'in in de coffin; but I didn' nail de top on strong, 'cause I knowed ole missis wan' see 'im; an' I got a' ambulance, an' set out for home dat night. We reached dyar de nex' evenin', arfter travellin' all dat night an' all nex' day.”
MARY NOAILLES MURFREE.
CHARLES EGBERT CRADDOCK."
Miss MURFREE was born at “ Grantlands,” near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the family home inherited from her great-grandfather, Colonel Hardy Murfree, for whom the town was named. Her youth was spent here and in Nashville, the summers being passed in the Tennessee Mountains : shortly after the Civil War, her father removed to St. Louis, and it was there that she began to write.
Her stories are laid mainly in the mountains of Tennessee and describe vividly and truly the people, life, and exquisite scenery of that region.
(From In the Tennessee Mountains.*) June had crossed the borders of Tennessee. Even on the summit of Chilhowee Mountain the apples in Peter Giles' orchard were beginning to redden, and his Indian corn, planted on so steep a declivity that the stalks seemed to have much ado to keep their footing, was crested with tassels and plumed with silk. Among the dense forests, seen by no man's eye, the elder was flying its creamy banners in honor of June's coming, and, heard by no man's ear, the
* By permission of Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, Boston,