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For what became of the Aiken, see insertion at page 127 Vol 19.
				August 1861.
in another berth, presently awakening to talk
with the Virginian, not in the wisest manner,
for Colt, a Northerner, though an ex-demo-
crat, must needs always, more or less, be talk-
ing equivocal anti-secession..    As I dis-
covered afterwards, O�Bryan lay shamming sleep
in another berth listening to him, he confessed
as much subsequently.       �I�d have drawn him
on!� he said.               By about 6 A. M. we
landed, after most of our party�s debarkation,
partook of coffee at a shop in Market street
(where the city-scavengers, the abominable Turkey
buzzards were busy enough) and thence to
our hotel for a couple of hours� sleep.    And
I forget what transpired during the re-
mainder of the day.
  {30 and 31.  Sunday       Non mi recordo
  and Monday}       as to details.
Here are notes sent off to the P Evening
Post which give some idea of what was happen-
ing during the last days of the year 1860,
in Charleston:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
Warlike Preparations in Charleston�What the Se-
  cessionists are Doing�Business Standstill�The
  Projected Attack on Fort Sumter.
     CHARLESTON, S. C., 8 P. M. December 30, 1860.
  The arsenal has been taken possession of by the
state authorities, the United States flag hauled
down and that of the Palmetto displayed in its

[newspaper clipping: second column]
  The city is still rife with rumors, and everywhere
it is believed that an attack will be made upon Fort
Sumter directly means can be organized.  All sorts
of expedients are canvassed and the most eager
desires expressed for precipitate action.  There is
but one popular sentiment on the question and that
belligerent.  Despatches are received hourly from
the interior of the state, volunteering assistance.
Any stranger in Charleston might surmise that
some crisis had arrived, that something important
was in progress from the looks of its citizens.  Their               
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