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from Some Mysterious Influence


Man is a queer animal. We were all
hungry as wolves for a heap of bad company.
My little critter was full of fire and mettle.
The Colonel, whose name has been given to

a knife, looked upon me as the subject
of a future supper. I felt as though
a dozen swords’d been sheathed in my heavy
heart. I relieved my wearied animal

upon his rough salutation, and was
determined to put my own hand to it,
though I had not beard enough to please him.
If a fellow is born to be hung, he will

vanish, like he had been a cloud, and leave
no mark of the course he has taken.