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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

My braves, I most heartily congratulate you on your good fortune, and I congratulate myself in having the honor and proud satisfaction of leading such well tried and experienced warriors into the field of glory and imperishable renown. My heroes, you will now have a glorious opportunity of giving additional proof of your wonderful powers and daring exploits, and marvelous achievements. My comrades, tht>se ignorant, untutored barbarians will be but as grasshoppers, and as the small dust upon the balance, before such disciplined and experienced soldiers as you have the honor of being. Gallant soldiers, I must caution you against being in too much of a hurry; against rushing too quick, or prematurely into the fight. Restrain your impatience, and wait patiently until orders are given. " During the time the preparations were being made, another interesting and animated scene was being enacted, which was outside of the regular performance and not put down on the bills. In the--------there were two brothers, we will call Gem and Tern. Gem was a tolerable good farmer as well as being a valiant soldier. He owned his broad acres of choice prairie land. His "lines had fallen in pleasant places and he had a goodly heritage" on which to erect stately buildings; he had commendable ambition. He also wished to fence in the "waste places, " and to dress and subdue the earth, and to cause it to "bring forth seed for the sower and bread for the eater, " and to buy and sell and get gain.

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