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How They Escaped the Federals
to Join Confederate Army.
(By a Confederate Veteran).
This is written for the best
and most useful body of boys of
Baton Rouge, boys for whom I
entertain the very highest re
gard, with a sincere appreciation
of their manliness, good conduct
and usefulness on all occasions
of public interest-the Boy
Scouts. It is to convey to these
fine lads a knowledge of the
deeds of boys during the Civil
War. Of course, I can write on
ly of boys of the South, particu
larly of those of Baton Rouge
whose names remain among us.
Presumably, northern boys per
formed the same deeds as gal
lantly and heroically as ours but
I am not familiar with deeds of
Parents of boys of fourteen or
fifteen years of age left at home
when local companies were or
dered elsewhere had at severe
time in restraining the ardor of
the youngsters and in keeping
them at home until old enough
to endure the hardships of ,a
soldier's life. Even, then, not-1
withstanding the vigilance of
parents, many escaped and made
their way to Confederate com
mands whey even though of
ficers refused to enroll them at
once they would linger around
until finally accepted.
When the Federals occupied
Baton Rouge thej threw a cor
don of picket-guards from the
upper part of the corporation
line at the river to the lower, in
consequence of which young
sters found it a difficult matter
to leave town and began resort
ing to every imaginable expedi
ent to do so.
Not a
Pipe in the Cellar
Easily and quichy installed. Heats evenly and economically.
Every room in your house wam and comnfortable. Bum an
kind of -fuel. Fire. r out.
Will y to H ofyour coal bill. Think
lI iwhat this will.mean to sour bank account.
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pla minN ahok t this enarkfhura l cea. ___La
Williams Tin Shop
D. C., McLAUGHLIN, Proprietor
wrker iN Ti., Capper, Zi.c ad Sheet Ira
All Work Guaranteed
Most of those who have resid-1
ed in Baton Rouge any length
Sof time will remember the sta
ble once located where the Knox
building containing the five and
t ten cent store is now. It was a
Svery old stable dating much
further back than I can remem
ber and during Federal occu
Spancy of this city was used as a
t home for the fine horses of the
s highest ranking officers who
Spermitted the town boys to take
e then out from time to time to
e exercise.
I+ One day a kid named John
_ Bushman took a notion that it
[ was time he was seeking the
e fields of fame and with that view
Sconceived an idea that the next
.time he was permitted to exer
1. cise a horse he would attempt to
rt rush the guards at the picket
, line and let them shoot as he
passed. Sauntering along Third
r street in an idle, playful man
e ner, when opposite the stable he
Sasked the Sergeant in charge if
e he could take a certain horse, he
I knew to be the finest and speed
iest of the several, out for ex
hercise. The Sergeant consent
Sing, the animal was saddled and
J bridled and John rode gayly
f away, going to his home in the
a lower part of town where he se
I cured a blanket, which he knew
- was necessarily a part of a sol
t dier's outfit, and placing it un
Ider the saddle so as not, to at
tract attention he galloped out
I Main street to Dufrocq where
he found a squad of soldiers on
a guard who ordered him back.
n At that time woods covered
n all that portion of the city from
,- Dufroeq to the Catholic ceme
r tery but from the east corner of
L- the latter was a road running in
i- an oblique direction to intersect
North street where it joins Du
frocq. The guard was station- an
ed at the head of Main where it tel
was supposed a watch could be W
kept on North street and on in
North Boulevard, both of which di;
were within rifle range. Unob- do
served John entered the cross be
cut road pausing when he neared, on
Dufrocq to adjust the saddle by' af
tightening the cursingle and th
shortening the stirup straps and to
when all was ready he rushed ar
swiftly across the road and d(
before the soldiers at the cor- re
ner of Main could pick up their n(
rifles he was out of reach of b(
bullets and of the sight of the pc
soldiers. Like all boys of his tL
day he was familiar with the hi
country for miles about, and as st
the soldiers on guard were in- w
fantrymen and telephones had rf
not yet been introduced it was a:
some considerable time before lii
cavalry could be sent in ,pursuit. tl
In the meantime the bold young- k,
ster kept to fields and woods un- h;
til reaching a Confederate out- 01ol
post where as he was well mount- c(
ed he was armed and enrolled. ti
The result of this escapade p.
was that a high ranking Feder- S.
lal officer lost a splendid animal, n
"boys were no longer permitted to te
exercise the stabled animals and sl
the Confederacy gained a sol- ul
dier. A very young soldier, it ly
"is true, but most southern ft
youngsters were what you boys ir
when indulging in slang term fj
"bear cats in a fight."
-- F
To look at that quiet, modest, o:
unassuming gentleman and ex- F
cellent citizen of Baker, Mr. W. e
S. Slaughter, one would not b
suppose he had ever been reck- h
r less enough to undertake the c
1 daring and dangerous adventure r
t I am about to relate and still he a
- did and as the boys say "got p
-away with it." t
After the capture of Port 1
Hudson the "Federals held all t
territory contiguous to the Mis- i
sissippi river landing from time
to time inland. Atnong other a
places frequently visited by I
their cavalry was Jackson I
where young Slaughter was at a
school, being less than sixteen <
years of age. One day a regi- I
ment of cavalry appeared and
halted on the college grounds
Dartly to rest and partly to
arouse the old men, women and
school children left at home.
The Colonel, a haughty and ov
erbearing soldier, after dis
mounting at one of the college
buildings seeing the boy Slaugh
ter called -to him, "Qome here
boy and hold my horse." As of
ficers of high rank were gener
ally accompanied by orderlies
for such purposes this colonel
must have wished to affront and
degrade the well clad and pros
perous appearing lad and under
other circumstanees Willie
would have been apt to say
"Hold yoar horse yourself," but
seeing a bright saber cow bine
and two six shooters attached to
the saddle an idea that if he
could leave the officer afoot by
escaping 'on the animal flashed
through his mind so he took the
bridle and mounted to "hold the
horse." The officer accompa
nied by a detail of men then en
tered one of the buildings bent
on searching for armsond am
munition.auppoped to be packed
to await the coming of Confed
erate. for whom had there been
any they would have been in- '
tended. Some considerable time also
was consumed in the search and hair
in the meantime the soldiers brui
dismounted to ret and while hool
doing so paid no attention to the
boy riding around the buildings to 1
on the colonel's horse and who B
after circling around two or
three times stuck his heels in- (a t
to the side of the noble animal the
and shot off with the speed of a had
d(leer taking the road in the di- cern
in I
rection of Clinton where or The
nearby as he was aware was a was
body of Confederates on out- and
post duty. When the officer re- wis
turned to his regiment finding ofI
his horse had disappeared he hea
started his troopers in pursuit use
with orders to "Kill the little wa'
rebel rascal." You may rest dar
assured, boys, Willie did not
linger along the way but having ant
the speediest horse of the Yan- .
kee regiment he flew. Now you
have read in your school history
of Paul Revere's ride at the
commencement of the Revolu
tion but Paul's was a snail's
pace compared to that of Willie
Slaughter but then Revere did
not have cavalry soldiers clat
tering after with orders to
shoot him. The pursuit contin
ued hot and speedy and was on
ly halted when the pursuers
found themselves in close prox
imity to a strong force of Con
federtes, too many to engage
with the small Federal's force.
Finally Willie reached a haven
of security, a point where the
First Louisiana Cavalry was op
erating. Here he found a num
ber of friends and neighbors of
his father and was made wel
come and acclaimed a little he
ro by the veteran soldiers. He
at once attached himself tem
porarily to the First Louisiana
but subsequently joined Captain
IMcKowen's Scouts and was the
best mounted and armed soldier
in that command.
Now, boys, I have.related the
story of the adventures of two
local boys and as I have taken
up considerabte space in Worom
an's Enterprise I must leave
other achievements of young
lads until another time.
Proper Tools and Materials AreI
Essential for Performing Tasks
Easily and Quiokly.
SIdeal Arrangement i to Have Com.
I plot. Set Stored In Orderly Ma..
nor in Convenient and Well.
Ventilated Closet.
(Orepere by the United States Psps*.
ment of Agriculture.)
No matter how carefully the house'
a keeper plane her daily, weekly, and
semiannual horasecleanlng, It can not
Y he done easily and quickly withoat
t suitable cleaning tools and materials.
I they are kept together in one place,
0 time, bother and nerve atrength are"
saved. It they are given good'care,
money is saved. .4
e The Ideal amangement Is to have ,
a complete set stored In orderly fash
Y' ion in a convenient, well-ventilated .
Closet Whether a few or many kinds (
af needed, It is economlcal in buy *
Swell-made, darable todls and keep
thm In good condition and grouped
e together. Ipossible,itiswelltohave
o- each 5 oor a supply of some at
thq things most constantly used.
Give Tools Good Cars.
t far as possible, clealig tools 'e
sabou e put away clean and ready ,
. for us. Brooms brubs sad mmso
sheuld be haung by strings or ggrsy C
1ees fastened to the bandlee a that
. The Enterprise, 1 a Year:
the weight does not rest on the straws
bristles or strings. Carpet sweepers
also should be set so that the weight
does not come on the brushes. The
hair and lint which accumulates in
brushes, especially in carpet sweepers,
may be taken out with an old button
hook, a coarse comb or old scisesors.
Corn brooms may be washed In hot
soapsuds, but care must be taken nott
to let the water rust the wires which
hold the straws to the handle.
Bristle brushes may be washed with
uInkewarm water and a little ammonia
(8 teaspoonfuls dilute ammonia to the
quart) or borax (1 teaspoonful to
the quart) and then rinsed in clear
water. Water is likely to Injure the
back of a brush and to loosen the
cement by which the bristles are held
in place in the less expensive makes.
The brush, therefore, should not be
covered with water, but should be
washed by sousing the bristles back
and forth in shallow water; it should
be dried with the bristles down or
with the weight resting on the side
of the brush. The drying should be
done quickly, but not in an intense
heat. Drying in sur.shine whitens light
bristles. The weighted bristle brush
used in polishing floors should be
washed occasionally to prevent the
accumulation of dirt and wax from
darkening the wood.
Renewing Oiled Mops.
Mops may be washed in hot suds
and rinsed in clear, hot water: they
should be quickly dried. Dry mops
may be oiled or oiled mops rene *ed
by pouring a few drops of light lubri
cating oil or any good floor oil into
an old dish or a tin box and setfing
the mop in those for a day or Ltwo;
or the mop may be sprinkled with a
little oil and allowed to stand until
the o' spreads through the strings.
The initial cost of implements of
good quality may be a trifle greater
than those of poorer grade, but sab
stantlial ones generaly give longer
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The stinging and burning
feeling of Prickly Heat
make them fretful and
Give them relief
by using
Paulsen's FENO-TALC
25c a box
All Leading Druggists
There is on Third Street, in a popular drug
store window, a display dedicated to his "M jes
ty," Your Baby.
A_ One of the cutest, most lovable and lifelike
S kids in the world, holds full sway over this dis
S play. If you own a baby, or want a baby, or have
S been a baby, then you will fall in love with this
''" tot at first sight.
The folks responsible for this display are
S baby lovers, and cater to Babies' whims, comfort,
and health. They offer the benefit of their scien
tific knowledge, which is even reflected in ,the
S quality of the things they sell for babies.
A card in their window reads, "The BEST is
none too good for YOUR BABY," and being con
sistent they offer nothing but Nationally Adver
tised goods, at known prices.
Mothers, you would do well to browse before
this window. You might see some little thing for
your baby that you hadn't thought of before.
Remember, the store behind this window is
Sinterested in YOUR BABY. They are reputed to
* be "Particular Druggists," and they are particu
* *. larly particular about babies.
4 .t.
Stnroue Drug Coipa
"Particular Drurgists"
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