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Text for Page 239 [02-10-1863]

               Miss Louisiana Smith.
I had rallied her a little, previously.  Said
she, �I heard that if I had remained at
Madisonville, the other day, that I was to
have been arrested there, as a Yankee spy;�
attributing the remark to a Mrs. Brant,
who was on board, and whom Hamilton
had met at Knapp�s.    I told her, gravely,
that I had heard doubts expressed as to the
sincerity of her Southern sentiment, because
she talked so much about them.     Altogether
we got on quite pleasantly.   In about an
hour�s time Miss Louisiana, who said scarce-
ly anything, and couldn�t sing, departed
under convoy of Harris, when his wife in-
formed me that the young lady was �very
patriotic�; so much so, indeed, that my
hostess had expected that she would have
broken out on the subject for my edification.
That would have been terrible!         Also
that Miss Smith would be �quite rich, if things
were as they had been,� from which I in-
ferred that her property lay in �the curse
of Canaan.�  Furthermore I was favored
with Miss Louisiana�s opinions with respect
to my personal appearance � favorable as
regarded my eyes, not so towards my beard.
I had been questioned, pretty closely, both
by husband and wife, about persons and               
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