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The Celebrated Story of the Arkansas Traveller, With Music for Violin or Piano

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By Mose Cask.
(Published, in sheet-mnsic form, by Blodgett & Bradford, Music
Publishers. Buffalo.)
This piece is intended to represent an Eastern man's ex­perience among the inhabitants of Arkansas, showing theii hospitality and the mode of obtaining it.
Several years since, ho was travelling the stafb to Little Rock, the capital. In those days, railroads had not been heard of, and the stage-lines were very limited; so, under the circumstances, he was obliged to travel the whole dis­tance on foot. One evening, about dusk, he came across a small log house, standing fifteen or twenty yards from the road, and enclosed by a low rail fence of the most primitive description. In the doorway sat a man, playing a violin* the tune was the then most popular air in that region— namely, " The Arkansas Traveller." He kept repeating the tirst part of the tune over and over again, as he could not play the second part. At the time the traveller reached the house it was raining very hard, and he was anxious to obtain shelter from the storm. The house looked like any thing but a shelter, as it was covered with clapboards, and 'he rain was leaking into every part of it. The old man's laughter Sarah appeared to be getting supper, while a 1*
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