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Text for Page 158 [10-07-1853]

              7  Friday.    An hour�s riding brought us into Tenesee.   Few ad-
ventures I can recall to mind of this day.  We took our homeopathic
lunch in a deep ravine, behind a roadside hotel, riding the horses
down a hazardously steep path, to where was a little spring.  On the
road again, which now lay through noble scenery, winding round hills,
mighty forest trees above and filling all the wild hollows below. At
a turnpike, the collectress asked, queerly enough �What did you pay last
place, Stranger?     Stopped at Gooderichville, little place, hotel,
clean and comfortable.   Newspapers from south here, with accounts of
the horrible prevalence of Yellow Fever everywhere. � This was
the first time I�d thought of it; though knowing rightwell of its ravages
in New Orleans, up the Mississippi bans, and � all through the
country where we were going.     Unacclimated folk had been warned not
to risk it; � true we intending no passing through any infected town,
but was it not part of the atmosphere�s effect?        However at this
date I thought little about it, � not thinking how the Horror grew
as we approached it
  7.  Saturday.   Blistering hot weather, roads covered with blin-
ding dust.   Long ago I�d got over my bad horse-manship, and as the
journeyed continued became a pretty decent Centaur.   Into Nashville,
Tenessee�s capitol by an hour after noontide.     Over a handsome susen-
sion bridge into the town; the remains of a former one, in the shape of
two ruinous towers rising from the waters, at a little distance farther
down.     The City, a handsome, hot one, was lazily busy, it being 
market day, and certain races in progress.   We put up at the City
Hotel; a large, pretentious, ill-kept one.    Great onslaughts made on
Keene Richards and Kellam for the object of selling or buying horses,
ineffectual.    After dining, (after the regular hotel dinner,) strolling about,
doing divers matters, and surveying the town.      I got a pair of boots, in               
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