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                    Baker�s Family.
rels full, and of sugar.    It was a very
narrow chance that the city was not fired
by the mob.     We talked also of flush times
in New Orleans, when everybody led an easy
life, based on the labor of the slaves.      This
Mrs Baker � according to her husband, an
impulsive woman, who found it difficult to
resist the predominant impulse of those sur-
rounding her � had written a song, entitled
�the Southern Stars� to the tune of the all popu-
lar �Bonnie Blue Flag,� or rather that of
the original of it, the �Irish Jaunting Car,�
a copy of which Baker gave me.      I sup-
pose the family wasn�t savagely Union in
Secession time.   Now, however, the little man
appeared rampant in his patriotism and
almost quarreled with the stationer in argu-
ment.         I talked with Mrs Baker and the
little girl.        Left the party after supper
and went down-town by rail-car.      Met
Ripley, Schell and A. G. Hills in the rotun-
da.     Out for oysters, then upstairs and to
bed by midnight.
  9.  Monday.   Breakfast at Wibels with
Hayes.     (This was a cheap place with
a lunch-counter on either side, at which you
sat on stools, getting very good coffee or tea
[unclear word] cents a cup, ham and eggs at fifteen,               
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