I said I believed it was.
Well, no matterdont want it this kind of weather. I know the man that did it. Ill get him. Now, here is the way this stuff ought to be written.
I took the manuscript. It was scarred with erasures and interlineations till its mother wouldnt have known it if it had had one. It now read as follows:
SPIRIT OF THE TENNESSEE PRESS
The inveterate liars of the Semi-Weekly Earthquake are evidently endeavoring to palm off upon a noble and chivalrous people another of their vile and brutal falsehoods with regard to that most glorious conception of the Nineteenth Century, the Ballyhack railroad. The idea that buzzardville was to be left off at one side originated in their own fulsome brainsor rather in the settlings which they regard as brains. They had better swallow this lie if they want to save their abandoned reptile carcasses the cowhiding they so richly deserve.
That ass, Blossom, of the Higginsville Thunderbolt and Battle Cry of Freedom, is down here again sponging at the Van Buren.
We observe that the besotted blackguard of the Mud Spring Morning Howl is giving out, with his usual propensity for lying, that Van Werter is not elected. The heaven-born mission of journalism is to disseminate truth; to eradicate error; or educate, refine and elevate the tone of public morals and manners, and make all men more gentle, more virtuous, more charitable, and in all ways better, and holier, and happier; and yet this black-hearted scoundrel degrades his great office persistently to the dissemination of falsehood, calumny, vituperation, and vulgarity.
Blathersville wants a Nicholson pavementit wants a jail and a poorhouse more. The idea of a pavement in a one-horse town composed of two gin-mills, a blacksmiths shop, and that mustard-plaster of a newspaper, the Daily Hurrah! The crawling insect, Buckner, who edits the Hurrah, is braying about this business with his customary imbecility, and imagining that he is talking sense.
Now that is the way to writepeppery and to the point. Mush-and-milk journalism gives me the fan- tods.
About this time a brick came through the window with a splintering crash, and gave me a considerable of a jolt in the back. I moved out of rangeI began to feel in the way.
The chief said, That was the Colonel, likely. Ive been expecting him for two days. He will be up, now, right away.
He was correct. The Colonel appeared in the door a moment afterward with a dragoon revolver in his hand.
He said, Sir, have I the honor of addressing the poltroon who edits this mangy sheet?
You have. Be seated, sir. Be careful of the chair, one of its legs is gone. I believe I have the honor of addressing the putrid liar, Col. Blatherskite Tecumseh?
Right, sir. I have a little account to settle with you. If you are at leisure we will begin.
I have an article on the Encouraging Progress of Moral and Intellectual Development in America, to finish, but there is no hurry. Begin.
Both pistols rang out their fierce clamor at the same instant. The chief lost a lock of his hair, and the Colonels bullet ended its career in the fleshy part of my thigh.
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