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The Daily Dispatch: December 13, 1865., [Electronic resource] 14 0 Browse Search
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a widow lady, on the road, and engaged dinner. In a few moments Jim Phelps, a Louisiana soldier, accosted the lady with, "Madam, can I get d wait for a second table." "Very well, madam, thank you," said Phelps, taking his seat in a position to command a view of the dining room. Watching the movements of the servants, Phelps waited until the feast was on the table; and while the hostess proceeded to the parlor to announce dinner to the General and staff, Phelps entered the dining-room, and, seating himself at the table, awaited further developments. ely retired to the parlor to wait. The General took a seat next to Phelps, and, after the first course was finished, turning to Phelps, he inPhelps, he inquired: "Sir, have you any idea with whom you are dining?" "No, sir," coolly replied Phelps. "I used to be particular, but since I turned sold replied Phelps. "I used to be particular, but since I turned soldier, I don't care a d — n who I eat with, so that the victuals are clean."