himself, and said, Well, I have got that job husked out; now I guess I will go over to the War Department before I go to bed, and see if there is any news.
Walking over with him at his request,--to divert his mind, I repeated a story told me the night previous concerning a contraband who had fallen into the hands of some good pious people, and was being taught by them to read and pray.
Going off by himself one day, he was overheard to commence a prayer by the introduction of himself as Jim Williams — a berry good nigga‘ to wash windows; ‘spec's you know me now?
An amusing illustration of the fact that whatever the nature of an incident related to the President, it never failed to remind him of something similar, followed.
After a hearty laugh at what he called this direct way of putting the case, he said: The story that suggests to me, has no resemblance to it save in the washing windows part.
A lady in Philadelphia had a pet poodle dog, which mysteriously disappeared.