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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JUDGE BAZIL HARRISON

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

That was none of your modern vehicles, but was so deep that a man standing on its floor could scarcely see over its side. It was long and high and broad, and it was very capacious. The box was boat-shaped—top, bottom and sides, though not at the ends generally painted blue, and the outside furnished with panels made of slats or moulding. The wheels, tires, axles, ect, were all made on the same scale of size and strength. To this conveyance was hitched two spans of horses. The harness used was quite another thing from those we see now—they were in keeping with the style of the wagons—an immense amount of leathern broad bands, no collars, and hames plain as a pike staff and as strong. Then came four other "wide track Ohio wagons, " all but one drawn by two horses, the exception being preceded by a yoke of sturdy oxen. One of the four "Ohio wagons" with the horses that drew it belonged to Whipple, one to Abe Davidson, one to Ephraim Harrison, and the other, as well as the "Pennsylvania vehicle, " to the patriarch of the party. There was also a light single horse wagon in which rode Mrs. Harrison and her daughters. Then there were three cows, fifty head of sheep, and nearly as many hogs.
Their good byes said to their neighbors and friends the night before, except the few who rose before the sun to say the last farewell and God speed, —some of the party with full hearts and tear dimmed eyes, and the little children full of wonderment at the vastness of the preparations, early on that September morning the little colony bade adieu to the old homestead, and the cavalcade moved slowly away to the north, under the leadership of Judge Harrison, the hale and hearty commander of 57, the younger men acting as aids in executing his commands.

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