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             Howell of the N. Y. World.
justly remarked that a man of his age � eight
or ten years more than Hayes � ought to have
been above it.    The lad talked affectionately of
his sister, too, for which I liked him.         There
was yet another correspondent whom I have not
mentioned; Howell of the World, a young fel-
low over six feet high, with a smooth face,
shortish brown hair, gray eyes and a thought-
ful, reserved expression of countenance.   He
had been phonographic reporter to the paper
in New York, was evidently industrious,
steady, and possessed of averable ability, but
no brilliancy of intellect.  His antecedents were
rustic, his parents occupying a farm on Long
Island.    Somewhat saturnine in temperament,
conscientious and perhaps a trifle modest (a
most unusual characteristic in an American)
he yet felt equal to holding his own, and be-
lieved in his paper.  He was a pro-slavery
Unionist as far as he knew, talking artless
ignorance on the question of �abolitionists.� Rath-
er reserved in disposition, one got to respect
him before liking him, though he warmed
up materially during the kindly, jovial intimacy
that ensued among us during our stay
with the Banks expedition and sojourn in the 
Department of the Gulf generally � a sojourn
I shall always think of with pleasure.       How-               
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