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An Episode Of 1848

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Tbe Detroit Tribune Monday gave a good story told by one oí the alumni and conñrmed by a letter from Senator Thomas W. Palmer, of Detroit, to Prof. Andrew TenBrook. In 1848 six"Chi Psi'8"had been reading Kidder's "Brazil" and decided to go to that country sure of making their fortunes. There were six in the party, Thomas W. Palmer, Stephen ï'ilson, James B. Witherel, Cleveland Whiting, Geo. Kellogg, and David James. Ia writing of the affair Senator Palmer Baid : "After we had come together in New York, we found the bark Potomac" and made a bargain with the captain for so much money and so much in notes for our trip to Rio Janioro, via Spain, we arrived in Caaiz on Christmas day. Forty-one years afterwards I entered Cadiz about the same time on Christmas day. Then as before there were six in our party but only myself of the original six. Whiting had died in California. Witherell who at the bieaking out of the war, was surrendered with his command in Texas and was drowned in the Rio Grande while coming north. Tilson had died about six years before, in Iowa, and James died in Kansas City. "Our first introduction to Spauish Ufe was a buil fight which we attended. 'Although we were at first horrifled at the diaemboweiing of horaes, the enthusiasm of the crowd was so great that before the performance was huif over, we were hurrahing aa loudly and tw fiercely as any of the audlence." After a couple of months in Spain, two of the boys went inland to make money by taking deguerrotypes while Senator Palmer and the other three eailed on the "Potomac" for Brazil. Mr. Palmer said : "When we arrived at Rio we were out of money, but had not the slightest fear for the future. I went to the American Minister and told him our situation and he let me have money os my note, which was not presented for payment until I had been for several years in business in Detroit. He was a wholt souled, genial man and although our trip, with lts attending circumstances. struclc him very ludricously, he remained our steadfast friend. We spent a eouple of months and then began to look out for tnethods of getting home. George Kellogg became clerk to Captain Davis, of the American Navy. Whiting returned on the "Potomac", whilu I, by iuvttaüen carne borne on another vessel. We all arrived at different pons. I landed at New Orleane ufter a voyage of forty-five days and füllod the town being ravaged with the cholera. I stayed there a few days, mot an old acquaintance of whom I borro wed souie money. I thought if I ehould stay, I might get a chance to teach school. "While ridtng on horseback one day I piissed a figure whtch looked quite familiar to me. As I turned I fouud the purson to be Emo Freuman, a gradúate of Ann Arbor. He invited me to atay which invitatlon I accepted and remained with him a eouple of months. "The cholera was still raging, not only in New Orleane, but all along the rivur, ur.d Freeman concluded that he would like to go back to Michigan. We got on board u steamer bound tor St. Louis, arriviog at which place we louud people dying at the rate of two bundrod a day. We went up the IlliiuAh river to Peru, tbere took the canal iiüd befur wo irot to Ottawa, Freeman was taliL'u down sick with the cholera. I took him iishore and was his only attondant until he recovered. When he w in a ooudltlon to be removed we cuino oa to Dtitroit without further incidtjnt. I did not see Freeman agaiu for tliirty-five years. 'I arrived home about nine months aft. r 1 hnd Itíft it Soon after, JamJ mi VVithareil made their appearanciuu I w3 loan thereafter met every ye.r in ü troit, all save Kellogg, whom I Ddvur again saw but once ar twice."


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