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Misery sometimes likes company, and I took such a liking to that company that dark night, that I determined not to leave them. The road was bad, and it seemed to me that oxen never went so slow before. Late in the evening we saw the light of the long-looked-for tavern as it shone through the chinks of the logs-a sight most welcome to us all. Our caravan halted before the door; only there was no door there, a blanket being where the door should be. The shanty was only partly covered with shakes; the rain pouring down at one end; a cook-stove stood on the ground in the middle of it. This was soon put in requisition, and the coarse fare was a sensible relief to us weary and hungry mortals. After this we prepared to retire for the night, but where to retire was the question. If there had been" a garret or a cellar, we might have retired, and either would have afforded some relief. Some of the women of the company packed themselves away on the bedstead, others under it, on the ground, their husbands next; and the rest of us occupied a little more than all the dry ground in the shanty. Sleep soon came to the relief of the weary bodies, at least it was so with one of the company. The morning came; one of those dark, gloomy fall mornings; the rain was still falling. We made another requisition on the potato pile and the pork barrel, after which Mrs. Pierce sang beautifully, as few persons can sing, " Home, Sweet Home," then turned her face to the wall and wept. Poor woman, the next summer she fell a victim to the cholera. In the course of the forenoon the rain ceased and we made preparation to move on as far as Marshall, six miles distant. And here another adventure impressed itself upon my mind. I undertook to put on my boots, which the good woman of the house had placed near the stove the night before, and the more I tried the farther I seemed to be from the accomplishment of my object.

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