But don't you think maybe it was the
Hannibal people who were mistaken about the boy, and not the St. Louis
'Oh, nonsense! The people here have known him from the very cradle -
they knew him a hundred times better than the St. Louis idiots could
have known him. No, if you have got any damned fools that you want to
realize on, take my advice - send them to St. Louis.'
I mentioned a great number of people whom I had formerly known. Some
were dead, some were gone away, some had prospered, some had come to
naught; but as regarded a dozen or so of the lot, the answer was
'Prosperous - live here yet - town littered with their children.'
I asked about Miss - - .
Died in the insane asylum three or four years ago - never was out of it
from the time she went in; and was always suffering, too; never got a
shred of her mind back.'
If he spoke the truth, here was a heavy tragedy, indeed. Thirty-six
years in a madhouse, that some young fools might have some fun! I was a
small boy, at the time; and I saw those giddy young ladies come
tiptoeing into the room where Miss - - sat reading at midnight by a