him the centre of a crowd of admiring
listeners, telling his story fragmentarily.
Presently all to the St. Charles, and
anon to my room, where soon thronged
all the reporters, except H. Hills (who
had got his items before) and fell
to taking notes from Burt�s narra-
tive, which was exciting enough. With
Burt was Cozzens, who had accom-
panied him to Galveston. Howell,
Hayes, B. Hills and Johnstone (who
had �rung in� and presented a highly-
objectionable appearance, with a head
shaved � in consequence, he said, of
scurcy) � also Schell as spectator.
B. Hills highly nervous. Ale
& drinks for the crowd. Subsequently
they all dispersed to do their scribbling,
the objectionable Johnstone going into the
apartment of Hills & Howell, where
he encroached on their small table
and borrowed a quire of writing paper
from young Hayes.