He prompt reply. "Who spoils you, Jinny?" "Captain Lige," said she,
turning to him. "If you had only kept the presents you have brought me
from New Orleans, you might sell out your steamboat and be a rich man."
"He is a rich man," said the Colonel, promptly. "Did you ever miss
bringing her a present, Lige?" he asked. "When the Cora Anderson burnt,"
answered the Captain. "Why," cried Virginia, "you brought me a piece of
her wheel, with the char on it. You swam ashore with it." "So I did,"
said Captain Brent. "I had forgotten that. It was when the French dress,
with the furbelows, which Madame Pitou had gotten me from Paris for you,
was lost." "And I think I liked the piece of wheel better," says
Virginia. "It was brought me by a brave man, the last to leave his
boat." "And who should be the last to leave, but the captain? I saw the
thing in the water; and I just thought we ought to have a relic."
"Lige," said the Colonel, putting up his feet, "do you remember the
French toys you used to bring up here from New Orleans?" "Colonel,"
replied Brent, "do you recall the rough and uncouth young citizen who
came over here from Cincinnati, as clerk on the Vicksburg?" "I remember,
sir, that he was so promising
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