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117 LOOKS FORWARD
TO 10 MORE YEARS
1 !Et &ytjm I
Capt G. E. Diamond.
San Francisco, CaL, May 29.
Captain G. E. Diamond of this
city, now in his 117th year, is
looking forward to at least ten
more years, which, he says,-will
be a ripe old age. He declares
that he was just as spry as when
he was born, in Plymouth, Mass.,
twenty years after the signing of
the Declaration of Independence.
The captain never drinks and
never touches tobacco in any
He rafted logs on the Ohio,
Steamboated on the Mississippi
and Missouri rivers, fired tm
ocean-going vessels, served as
captain on "Blackbird" expedi
tions to A'frica, fired on railroads
and drove oxen across the plains.
T came across the plains in the
70's," the captain said; "started
from Westport Landing, Mis
souri, which is included in Kan
sas City now.
"I went to Africa after that
and the good missionaries would
have the negroes penned up when
we arrived. We just paid the
missionaries and left for the
United States, where we sold our
.cargo in the South. Then the big
waT broke out and I fought on
the Union side. I made a good
bit out of "blackbirding" I
bought negroes, sold them and
"I don't remember all of the
incidents of my life so well as I
did a few years ago.. When I was
110 I wrote a book of my life.
"Things that are not natural
should be avoided. I .don't be
lieve it was intended that a man
should chew tobacco. Neither do
I believe a man should smoke or
drink or live "riotous life. He
can't do it and live to be old.
"And still I am not old. I walk'
every afternoon and each night
after supper, I eat what I want
and when I want it. I never have
any desire to drink."
Citizens in a western town
raised money to get an undesir
able man out of town. And they
raised so much money that he
bought a return ticket.