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Theater, which still stands up near the Pico House. He was to
charge an admittance fee, and he acted as his own door-keeper.
So popular was his lecture that before he could get through
making change with some of the first arrivals the boys had
come in a rush and filled the house. He had a full house, but



SOME ECCENTRIC CHARACTERS 28l

the receipts were light. In knocking around the world he had
picked up a number of big words that he used indiscriminately..
He put them in because they sounded well. To give force to
his argument he would quote at length from some authority.
The quotations were manufactured; the Professor could not
read. He would preface a quotation by saying, "Thus says the
famous Sock-rats" (meaning Socrates), or 'T find this in the
writings of the distinguished Hypocrits" (meaning Hippoc-
rates, the father of medicine). The lecture was as amusing as
a circus.

The old gentleman was very proud, and quite dignified. In
assemblages of the colored brethren, when they did not agree
with his views, he was accustomed to berate them as a pa'cel
of plantation niggahs. Consequently he was not popular with
his colored brethren.

There are some other eccentric characters of early days that
might come in for a notice but my paper is already too long.



ANQEL PIONEERS



BY JSSSE YARNBI



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