Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
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thought I know'd him; and he was one of my stallions, the last I
rode on! I knowed him by his sore eyes; and he knowed me too, for
jist as soon as he seed me, he bellowed like thunder, and turned tail,
and made for the other room beyont!
"That encouraged me. I felt, you see, as ef I had licked him, in
a fa'r fight, jist as I did the b'ar. And so I followed him, through
a dusky passage, and, Lawd ha' massy, what I then seed, was a
wonder to hyar and tell on!
"Now, fellows, it dont much matter whether you does or doesn't
believe what I'm guine to tell you. It's so strange and wonderful that
I never quarrels with a pusson who says to me, `I kaint believe
that!' I could'nt believe it myself, you see, ef I hedn't seen it
with my own mortal sight; and I'll 'scuse any of you, ef you shakes
your head, heving no faith, for you know, seeing's believing as they
say, and feelin's the naked truth ; and as none of you has ever seen
these things like me, or been made to feel them like me, so, I
shaint quarrel with any of you, even ef you should say,
" `Bauldy, you know thet's a lie!'
"But 'taint no lie, I'm telling you, though its mighty strange and
onpossible to be believed! Ef you could only onderstand, and hev the
right faith; for its the faith only, you know, that kin iver see the
truth ;—then you'd find every bit as true as ef twas writ in the
Holy Hokies of Nebuchedsneezar; and the `Columbian orator' to
boot!
"You kin believe, as you please, and be the worse off for your un-
believing; but whether you b'lieve or don't, all the same to me. I'll
push on with the history.
"Well, as I tell'd you, I followed my big stallion alligator, seeing
as how he looked skear'd, and had sore eyes; and I thought, all the
time, I hed lick'd him fair, as I did the big b'ar on the Withlacoochie,
only with the fire eend of my cigar !
"I followed him, through the dark passage, and on a suddent,
came into a great hall, beautiful as ef twas all made of shiny chrys-
tals and beautiful shells. And they gin out sich a light as fair dazzled
my eyes. But thar was light coming in from the openings on the
lake, besides, and, through one of these, like through a great
arched window, the sun shined in, and jist over the head of a grand
looking woman, that sate a-rocking on a great shell, that I reckon was