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Text for Page 174 [10-27-1853]

              fence for a mile�s space, and here the road �forks� in twain.  We
had been loosely directed; �go on ahead, couldn�t miss it;� so after
holding council we struck off into � the wrong road.    Three miles
riding through the wet forest, up hill and down dale brought us into
the Vicksburgh road.   No help for it, but to turn back, and by a
third reach our right path.   Through drenched cotton fields, over
open hill sides, where the wind blew fiercely upon us; across scraps of
wild forest land; through little streams, down steep muddy banks 
compelling us to dismount and lead the horses; over wild looking plantations,
through gates innumerable we kept on.    Sometimes we�d miss our way
for a space, but generally kept on correctly.        Once we passed some
negro women, looking scarcely human.       Arrived at a neatly built house,
a gentleman came forth, and invited us to alight, we returning a civil
negative he gave us directions.      More wet cotton fields, interspersed with
the tall trunks of the dead trees, which had been girdled.     All before
us, and beside, like a shoreless sea lay the Yazoo swamp.  More
plantations, with the negroes �quarters� little huts, some twenty or so
together.      A young man rides with us for half an hour or so.  I
talk with him.   He, praising the health of the country, told me he
didn�t have a fever over one in three years!      I had noticed heretofore,
in greeting one another, sickness was taken for granted, the rule, not the
the exception.     As thus, �How�s your chills, to day Mr - ?� or �How
many of your folks are down?�              Onwards till nightfall, and
then we came in sight of the accursed river Yazoo.    We had intended
journeying two miles or so farther, but were so tired and wet that
we resolved to try the hospitality of a house close at hand.   So Kellam
and Richards went in to see the mistress of the house, as the master was
temporarily absent �in the Swamp.�     Their request was granted immediately,               
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