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             Hayes of the Boston Traveller.
once absurd and unfair.   The lad had
two good qualities as a reporter, industry and
inquisitiveness; he picked up a great deal and,
knowing very many of the minor officers accom-
panying the expedition, learnt much from them
as did A. G. but less generously, for Hayes
would tell others � as indeed we all agreed to
do � only the two Hills� were too selfish to quite
keep their word.    But Hayes wrote the most
extraordinary bosh in his letters, revelling in
sensational adjectives, abuse of the rebels and
stereotyped jocularities.   He was an out-and-
out abolitionist, perfectly honest and sincere,
ignorant of most things outside of Boston, but
a worthy, honorable lad, one who neither drank
nor swore, and who had a reverence for his
�minister.�   His brother had been killed in the
war; he talked of it � perhaps a little too
much for it to have affected him very deeply �
and would repeat his detestation of the rebel-
lion with such energy that Schell insisted
that there was a streak of craze in him.    He
got hold of the most awful stories of Southern
atrocities and dished �em up in a stupendous 
manner, insomuch that �Cicerone�s� letters oc-
casionally got quoted into the other papers, of
which their author was deservedly proud.   He
complained naively of A. G�s jealousy, and               
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