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JOHN S. BARRY

BY H. H. RILEY

There was no sentiment about him. He reasoned from the head, not the . heart. Poetry did not trouble him much. He wasted no thought on the fine arts. He did not know one tune from another, and said he supposed that what Shakespeare meant when he said that "a man who had no music in his soul, was fit for treason, stratagem and spoils, " referred to the soles of his shoes, because a thief could thus move without making a noise.
I desire now to go into some particulars illustrating more forcibly, perhaps, the character of the man. While in Georgia practicing law, a conflict sprang up between the state and the federal government on the Cherokee question. Mr. Barry at the time was captain of a military company, and he was called out with the other troops to uphold the dignity of the state. A barbecue was held, an ox roasted, and among things done, the obnoxious act of congress was burned. Mr. Barry said, in reviewing the history of this affair, many years after: I knew, sir, that the general government was in the right, and Georgia w7as wrong—I knew that burning an act of Congress did not repeal the law. But. what could I do, sir! I was the captain of a company and was ordered out. But I made up my mind, then and there, sir, that if it came to a fight, I would run, because, sir, Georgia was in the wrong, in the wrong.
During the Black Hawk war Mr. Barry was a justice of the peace, and resided at White Pigeon. About midnight he was aroused by a neighbor of very mercurial temperament, but a man of large influence, with the cry, "Black Hawk is upon us! Black Hawk is upon us! Get up Mr. Barry! Turn out! Arouse the neighbors! and let us defend ourselves!" Mr. Barry threw up the window, clad in his nightdress, and screamed out "Who's there?" Mr.. ------replied, "It is I, " and went over again the same story about Black Hawk.

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