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THE DAILY JOURNAL, 8ALEM, pREQON. WEDNE8DAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1903
Copyright, 1003, by C. N. Lurle.J
TUB bird vrns a turkey, not nti
eagle, nnd I'll not say that It
met its fnte Thanksgiving day,
but It nassod tho way of all
Thanksgiving birds about Nov. 20,
1803. This uncertain chronology Is duo
to the fact that half a dozen of us war
prison refugees, who had escaped from
tho Georgia stockades, were maklnc
our homeward Journey by tho sole
cruldanco of the north wtnr. wimn .
struck the eastern slope of tho Cum
berland mountains In southwestern
rirclnla Into autumn wnn nnnn ua
Tbc plentiful wild grapes had been
touched by frost, persimmons were
ilronnlnc. dead rlne. nnd mm hmi imnn
shucked nnd stored bovond nur ronnii.
frVo didn't know tho day of tho week,
much less that of tho month, for wo
nsBsed days and nlchts HomMlmM Mil.
Sng from pursuers In dark caves and
slept rrom aueer exhaustion without
reference to tho rising or tho settlnc of
ttho sun. Ono day wo camo unon a cabin
hidden In tho mountain wilds occupied
by a negro who, llko ourselves, was a
refugee. At tho beginning of tho war
ho had run nwnv from lils nmntor in
baBt Tennesseo and started blindly to
meet up with "Mnssa Llnkum's so
bers." Hnvlnir lost his wnv nml enf
frightened by the roaming bushwhack.
era who infested the mountains, he
built a cabin nnd waited for that Ju
Black Sam n-c-b-o-r coin' mt nrb
twell freedom done como. First turkey
I cotch he git fat an' nice, an' freedom
ain't come, so ho git ole an' tough, an' ,
1 gib him ter de buzz'rds. Second tur
key ho git fat. too, but no freedom ylt.
Ho git tough, an' do buzz'rds git him.
Den I cotch ono mo', an' I say ills do!
bird o' freedom, shuah. Now, luk yer." I
With that he led tho wuy up tho
mountain side till he camo to a tanglo
of wild grnpo vinos which fell over
the rocks nnd trees like n hugo wall.'
These ho parted deftly and conducted
us to a spacious glen shut out from
tho prying world. Tied to a Btake with
a long rope was a fat turkey. "Sco do
bird o" freedom?" Bays he, with a
broad African grin. "Cotehed dls chick
about las' Chrls'mus ober do moun'u.
Hide film yer all day, an' nighttime
take him out In dc beech woods bo ho
get fat fo' do day o' Jubilee. Now I got
ue uuanksglben tns'o In do uiouf, an'
Jubilee done come."
After moro of his palaver It was set
tled thnt ho would roast the bird In a
rude oveu built In the hillside, then
serve It In tho cabin. Meanwhile wo
wornout tramps would sleep ourselves
into a fitting nppetlto for tho Jubilee
feast, which wns to bo turkey nnd corn
pone. Hlnck Sam led us back to the
cabin and shoved aside some of the
poles which mnilc n lloorlng for tho
loft overhead. Climbing up with the
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hf ii i m manKiui
f M I'm thai
I . . . ill . . .frs VS
; X I still c
N 1 nuite :s
! W sd '
Z If m
for the sunshine, an1 I'm thankful for the cloud,
t W. f .. . r ,1 . "i'
nKiui tonne nest o neaitn an ieeunratner proua
r In unif o nrruiint that rnrrv follfH awav
. ... .....,. ,..,. . ...... &
nt say i m uranium i in a-uvin ncrc t uuy
dodged the trolleys, which arc always grounds lor tear;
raped a sunstroke in the dog days o' the yean
m filled with thankfulness an' ain't disposed t" fret
you see, I'm much too poor t' own an auto yet.
MMtonMtf"1 rSteCfL-- .
Perhaps since last Thanksgivin' if I'd been a millionaire
I might have, been a-guidin' o' an auto here an' there
An' had a fearful smashup in some record breakin' race;
I might t'day be lyin' in some quiet re9tin' place.
An so I say I'm thankful that I'm livin' here t'day
An had the luck t keep myself well out o" danger's way.
Though tilings have been agin me in a way, I've no regret;
I'm thankful that an auto hasn't mangled me aa yet
I haven't raced an auto, so Ive heard no victim wail;
Ml own I broke no record, but I haven t been in jaiL
An' so I'm duly thankful there's no damage bills f pay
T weepin' wife or orphans on this blest Thanksgivin day.
I'm thankful for the sunshine an I'm thankful for the cloud,
Pro thankful I am livin' an' a mixta" in the crowd;
But, more than all. I'm thankful that I haven't been beset
With the worry that is born of auto ownorshlp, as yetl
a. s- C..W". ' ' r" '""
pile of freedom his slmplo faith told
b.m must como. With eye Hluioat
mrstini. fmm ilmlr sockets he listened
o our story of tho emancipation bow
-moln had struck tno leuera u i
ivra i.. n,,.i if mna he could readi
L'ankeo territory there would be uo
"ore dragging blui dock o aiavvrj.
u ho,, i,a niur MTotrh comnrehended
he wonderful story he sat silent for
long time. Then ue iookcu hu
ace of ouch of us, a gleam or pe
x..wlng brighter and brighter on Uto
liony skin, "lo' an is " -
i'anks.M said he. "else yo ain't taln
at away to Black Sam." Nothing we
ould say was stronger wu i-
roa logic. "Yo'a Yanks, an' yoa uu
:ry. I'xe hungry, too-hungry for tur-
. ,ii i.tf TiiankselbeB tle.
ze gwtno kill do bird o' freedooi an'
;ib yo all a dinner." Pr a nwrnent
l. 4i -. ii.. ..wllnr news of OBMB-
IpaUon had turned the poor slaver
mln. There was no sign of poultry
ulture about the preto
"lack Bam saw ib uiwui " -
ur faces. "OU. Vm got dat turky. an
Ightr be shouted, "Bin waiUn free
ear for taa'e ( him. Twuj "'j ;
'lowed da nlggabt gwtao '""
ecount o Massa Llakum. aa" I
I help of nidi' bcb. we foowl r
IKftiug of iuuuumui snum hit wr inl
and a Mwiit? Ju lar MMMgii tw II"
dowu Hiou faahton. iw we'd to l.i
ItrlMW. and aired by a bole cut in in.
gable IMack Sam dewdl. awl w
moved the ke l"l lck l,,to 'IM1
tlou. "A in' no bttbwlacalu wU
gwlne luk fur yo' u dart'." "aid u.-.
.4,i. k.,.bi awl went Id" nay to
mill m mi
prepare the turkey
After " " we woW'' l",a
crept kWM fww tue toft, wond.-r.ij;
tlwt we bad not been bidden to ilif
fount Hlnck tu was sUtlog like a
mourner, with bU lank yoltow oVk for
a hhiio in mimry. By t light
of a wanta Uro in Uw eWmne- .
w the well nicked hmm rf a turU..
and wi swaps of iwne on the' board
WUat bad uanpenedf HureJy tint wc .
boaone negro and nte woowwobw w
liad wot roJl tbwnoelvea on t bltd
ef freedom. We looked from on to
tne other of our erowd and tben to our
bwt. wko trembllnciy MH ta orJ'
ef the dtooetrow JWe feto. SoW
be- -Deaa I get dat turkey an dat pon
ready an ek to call yo' all to TWanka
rlben wua 'long come paaael o Cap a
Koab'a seceah critter coaenany aneakin
aroond an' aay dey looUa' tur Yan
kecs. Tell 'cm t alu't sewt none, an'
dey ast why dls roastln' dat turkey
dess fur dls nlggah 'lone. "Koso I Jess
hear about freedom, I tolo om. 'I got
no mammy, no missus, no chile, only
my yaller dog Slim. Done roast dat
turkey all for dls nlggah's Jubilee.
-uen uey eat uat turkey an' pone
an' uebber gib me none nu' nebbor say
T'auk yo', Black Stun. All de time
dey eatlu' dey kept lookln' un to deni
poles overhead, musin' like dey want
see bchln' dare. Dey keep mighty still,
tiougli. One secesli, he stan outside,
nn' de odders take some turkey fo
him. Bymeby dat man lie say. 'Sh!'
an' dey nil grab delr swords an pis
tols nn sneak out. nebbor sayln' nut
tin'. Den I know why dey doan go
peekln' bchln' dem poles where yo' all
lildlii nn' doan take Black Sam along
back to he ole massa."
We forgot our hunger nnd the van
ished luxuries over this recital, for we
had heard of
ers, who urns
quernded us Con
federates, b u t
powder in the
Held. They ter
rorized the Ig
norant in o u n
their pigs and
corn In payment
for their pro
ship of tho ter
ritory. Part of
wns to head off
oners and fugi
tive staves and
return thorn to
won for them
tho toleration of
the local Confed
e r a t e authori
ties. We knew
the risk of cross
ing their beaten
trail and breath
the sequel of
"1 looks at
dem turkey bones an' dat empty pone
dish," continued he, "an' I moan kase
yo' all git none. Den I skeored call
yo' 'kase yo' kill dls nlggah fo' shuah.
I stan' lookln' at do bones, glttln' hun
grier ev'y minute. Nox' t'lng some
body sneakln' up an' holler In de do',
Wluir dom robs?' 'What rebs yo
menu? I say.
"'Cap'u Noah's company,' ho sny.
'We need 'em comln' dls' u-wny las
night.' Dls ono n Yankee all In blue,
an' I up an' tote 'liu 1 rose dat turkey
all uy tnyso'f nn Cap n Noahs men
come eat Mm nil an' den run away
Dls Yank he laff all ncrost ho face, but
ho make no nolso lalllu'. Speck he
t'luk bery funny how de robs eat dls
chile h turkey nn' pone. Don ho go out
de do', an' long come alxwt i!00 Yanks.
"Den I git mad at dem Yanks, an' I
say: 'S'pose yo' t'lnk dls nlggah cryln'
'kase ho got no turkey nn' pone, he an'
Slim. I ain't cryln'. I'zo lalllu' on do
Inside 'knse I'm a free ulggnh.' Don dey
all lnff ngMn an' go way down do lane,
sneakln' after dem Noah's men. Now,
what yo all lattln' ntr
"Yankeo soldiers, Sam? Aro you
sure?" gasped half a dozen In n breath
Wo didn't make any noise, either, not
being certain we were out of tho woods
yet; but every mother's son of us grin
ned llko tho man In tho moon. Yankees
of tho right strlpo were whut wo were
looking to meet up with more thnn n
feast of turkey and pone.
"Shuah, mars, shuah. I.lnkum sogers
from up do Kanawha way. I 'hocred
SAM WAS H1TTI.NO LIKE
M&md&ciutexs of and
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Fence Posts, Etc Dy Kiln in connection
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Foot of Feiwy Street
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Cap'n Noli's men say dey all skoered
o' Yankee iwufcrs plntln' dla away."
At last we were among frlemU ffood
mohkU fortune to draw thank from
yearning atomaebs. We scraped to
gether a little Yankee money to re-
n-unl Itlaek Satll for the lo of Ilia
Juuljee illnner al for saving our necks
with that Ion nigger bluff, which so
faetlveiy dulled the eurioe'ty of
Noah's InfaHKMM gang.
Tito itKro grinned at the aigbt of
(lie greenbaclu, cowing with Uta newly
discovered freedom. We kept on grin
ning iu our Joy at bolng once moro In
"Uod's eouBtry, surrounded by noya
In blue. No doubt tne buabwnaekers
were grtnnlnK. too. over the after taste
of that unexpected dinner. Tttey got
away from their pursuers, but we
dkln't begrudge them this good for
tune. And aa we got nest to Uncle
Sam's fat rations In the saddle pouch
of Crook's Kanawha cavalry division a
few boars later we dkln't begrudge
tbea tbeir atoaopoly ef BUek Saw's
jubilee turkey and pone.
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