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              back entrance, and soon we heard surprised greetings within.  Kellam couldn�t
stand it and knocked at the door, and we were all admitted.    A tall
slender white-haired gentleman, greeted as �Cousin Alick� welcomes us,
his wife also, (Kellam�s aunt,) and two children.   They, having recently
come from Mississippi City, a sea-side place of resort on the Gulf, are
here keeping house, the hooping-cough having driven �em away from their own,
which is two or three miles off.     Mr Alick Keene and the three have much
to communicate; wet garments are changed or dried, we sup, then sit con-
versing in the cheerful parlor.   A knock at the door, and a man enters
attired in Asiatic costume, head swathed in drapery, loose jacket, wide
loose breeches, (rather petticoats,) & boots.         It is J Ross Browne�s drago-
man and guide in his �Crusade� Yusef.     He�s coarsely good looking, with
curly hair, and sports a moustache; his eyes animated and arch looking.
He talked much of the horses, three Arabs, imported by Keene Richards,
are now owned by Kellam.   Yusef brought them over, with much difficulty
and adventure, a colt being born on the way.   Our ex-dragoman was
a very picturesque, good-humored fellow, talkative, obliging  and withal
very authoritative with the negroes; which Keene Richards, who is very
considerate of all about him would cheek him for.      Altogether Yusef is
a sort of man Friday to him.   /    Retiring to our room at the farther
end of the building, I by 11 turned in to bed, not ill satisfied at the
conclusion of this dreary journey, and a trifle thankful we were not drift-
ing down the Mississippi, �cold, damp, moist, unpleasant bodies.�   Yusef,
Keene Richards, Maurice, and Kellam sate talking in the adjoining
room till far into the morning, and I � went to sleep.
  29.  Saturday.  Roused by the �boy� lighting fire; up and about.
Breakfast, then rambled out.    The house, a neatly built, plain
edifice of wood, had no upper story.  It was two spacious rooms wide,
some five in length, most rooms having a door leading on to the covered way               
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