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Text for Page 197 [12-31-1860]

	I was introduced by Colt to Edmund Ruffin, of
	Virginia, an old, white haired man and great apostle
	of Secession.  He used to travel throughout the South,
he made amends for his outward semi-toady-
ing of the Southerners and their cause by
indirect dispraise and positive vilification; never
daring to contradict them openly, his self-esteem
always goaded him to insinuated dissent which
was more impolitic and annoying than profes-
sed antagonism.     He bragged, too, and when
in my company, did little beside abuse South
Carolina and predict its ultimate punishment
and discomficture.    In sooth, the man was in
a very nervous apprehensive state, he had
travelled throughout the South and seen its
worst characteristics, until from an ordinary
Democrat, he had been transformed into
an equally unreflecting, bitter enemy of the
people among whom his business lay.    More
of him, anon.          Another dropper-in at the
Express office was O�Bryan of the Tele-
Graph office, whom I have already described.
Another, one Oteliaga � as near as I can
invent spelling for his name � a South Caro-
linian Jew, looking like a Spanish or Cu-
ban one, sallow, sinister, acquiline-nosed
in features, expensive in his habits, friendly
but suspicious in his manner.     Another Mor-
ris, a jolly, frank fellow, proprietor of
a mill in the suburbs, which he and an equally               
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