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A VERY NICE STORY
The Current Wave
Jan. 28, 1886
A very nice story was related to us, recently, in which the character of Col. J. H. Maxey, of West Plains, shown in a bright and beautiful light.
As the story goes, Mr. Maxey one day approached a country blacksmith shop in Howell county, when his attention was directed to a wretched looking wagon and team drawn up before the shop. The outfit was one well calculated to evoke remark from the unfeeling, and a small crowd of men and boys stood near, poking fun at what they deemed a ludicrous object. Mr. Maxey approached the owner of the team, and inquired: 'My friend, where are you from, sah?'  'From Arkansas,' was the doleful reply.  'Well, sir, my family has been sick for several months and the doctors' bills completely broke me up. I am now trying to reach my old home in Iowa, but, as you can see, the object will be difficult to attain.'  'Yes, sah; I see. Well, sah, here.'  Saying which, he thrust a $20 dollar bill into the poor man's hand, and without waiting to hear the thanks of the astonished traveler, turned upon his heel, bestrode his horse and went his way. The idlers who had sneered at the traveler's' poverty hung their heads in shame and one by one dropped out from a scene of Christian charity their little minds had never before contemplated.

 

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