eformatory and charitable institutions the Mississippi Valley has learned slowly.
Our frontier greatgrandfathers were frankly cruel—cruel to their children, cruel to their apprentices, cruel to the insane, cruel to the paupers, cruel to convicts, and cruel to slaves.
The border fights and gougings of the West shocked foreign and Eastern travellers, and Fearon has preserved a handbill of 1818 describing all extraordinary fight of furious animals in New Orleans:
1st Fight—A strong Attakapas Bull, attacked and subdued by six of the strongest dogs in the country.
2d Fight—Six Bull-dogs against a Canadian Bear.
3d Fight—A beautiful Tiger against a black Bear.
4th Fight—Twelve dogs against a strong and furious Opelousas Bull.
The political effect of the Mississippi Valley upon the Union and its policy is a story yet to be written.
A bit of old New Orleans. slavery contest set North against South, and this obscured the normal coherence and weight of the ce