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[305] with a long, strong rope. The word was given, and the railroad engine started off at great speed. The Bird of Art did the same, and had no trouble in keeping up with the iron horse without pulling on the rope.

The ‘Professor’ concluded his remarks by saying he needed a little more money to make birds enough to destroy Grant's army, and asked the old soldiers to contribute one dollar each to the cause. Many of them did, and the ‘Professor’ moved on and disappeared.

No doubt many of the survivors have forgotten this incident, but not long ago the writer met John W. Butler, a commercial traveller, who belonged to the 14th South Carolina Volunteers, and asked him:

‘Did you ever hear of the Artis Avis?’

He replied: ‘I certainly have heard of it, for I gave a dollar to it.’ —Charleston News and Courier.

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