The ball was kept up during the whole of the
night, but the "God of day, advancing from the East," looked in upon a step
rather more fantastic than light.
Among those present at the festivities were Dr.
W. C. Evans and Will J. Connely from Kansas City, and Major Kennedy and wife from
At one time during the night I fancied that a
small portion of Nature's sweet restorer wouldn't go bad. Accordingly we repaired
to the Brewster House, (dubbed by Connely, the Rooster House, saying we would
roost there for the night) and were soon corralled in a nice bed. We had lain but
a short time when other parties-ladies-claimed the room, and we had occasion to
remember the hotel as the Booster House, for we all were "Boosted" out. We passed
the rest of the night in various ways-quite various, in fact. Since we came to
think of it, concluded not to go to bed-would rather set up than not. We didn't
care a cent about sleeping anyhow, and besides that, the bed was too hard.
The festivities next day opened up with the
procession to Van Epp's grove (the scene of the Quantrelle [Quantrill] massacre,
of which I told you in a former letter) where we listened to a number of
speeches, from some of the best orators of the state.
Very nicely sandwiched in with the speaking was
a grand barbecue. Among the delicacies were a roast ox, several sheep, and other
smaller fowl. The quantity of eatables, both substantial and ornamental, was
quite large, but could no more satisfy the hunger of the immense crowd than could
the ducats in my pocket pay off the national debt.
We had more Indian dances, riding, and
other.exercises. The day was warm and the exercise was quite severe. One
patriarch, with the expression, "Ugh! too much pantaloony," was about to divest
himself of his nether garment, which made quite a consternation among the ladies.
The old cove was persuaded to change his mind. In the afternoon there was a canoe
race upon Spring river, though it offered but a few attractions.
Some few of us undertook to bathe in the river,
but were kept in the water and painful suspense for a long time by a party of
ladies who came down for a look at the scenery.
Present at the celebration were a large number
of "Leaguers," with the rumored intention of disturbing or breaking it up.
Leaguers, as I have told you, are a body of men organized to resist the title of
the railroad company to the lands, and have even gone so