The Cincinnati Times
says: “A friend, who is just from the Military Institute, located near Frankfort, Ky.
, tells a good one.
He says the institution employs a fifer who served in the Northwest
in the second war with Great Britain
, and took part in the battle of the Thames
and other fights.
During the late Secession tornado over Kentucky
, the cadets, affected with the fever, talked pretty severely against those devoted to the Stars and Stripes.
The old veteran listened, but said nothing.
One evening he went into the room of our informant, and seemed to be in something of a passion.
backward and forward, saying nothing, and refusing
to answer all questions.
At last he pulled out his fife, and, sitting down, sent forth ‘Yankee Doodle
’ with its shrillest strains.
Then he played ‘Hail Columbia,’ and then ‘The Star-spangled Banner,’ while the tears rolled down his aged and weather-beaten cheeks.
Concluding that, he jumped to his feet, and exclaimed: ‘ Now, d — n 'em, I guess they know which side I'm on
He and our informant instantly gave three cheers for the Union
; and they will both stand by it until death.
has plenty of such men.”