Anecdote of Floyd
.--The following anecdote is told of Floyd
, the great Virginian
: A few years since a gentleman residing in Richmond, Va.
, gave a large dinner party to some distinguished men, among whom was Floyd
, then a rising man, but whose personal appearance indicated neither mental nor physical superiority, he being a pursy, dark-complexioned man, with crispy, wiry hair.
Among the distinguished guests were two Indian chiefs, returning from a visit to their “Great father,” the President
— magnificent specimens of their race.
, thinking to compliment them and make them at their ease, told them in a condescending manner, that he could boast of Indian blood in his veins, being a descendant of Pocahontas
One of the chiefs, drawing him-self up majestically and disdainfully, and with a look of contempt upon his noble countenance, said in broken English
No! No! nigur! Nigur
The confusion and dismay of Floyd
was complete, and it required all the boasted politeness of Richmond
to keep the other guests from exploding with laughter.--Springfield Republican