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Nebraska State Historical Society
Hon. J. STERLING MORTON, President,
Publication: THE SECRETARY, S. L. GEISTHARDT,
and S. D. Cox.
Obituaries: R. W. FURNAS, GEO. L. MILLER,
and W. H. ELLER.
Program: THE SECRETARY, J. L. WEBSTER,
and J. M. WOOLWORTH.
Library: JAY Amos BARRETT, MRs. S. B. POUND,
and J. H. CANFIELD,
I am aware that there is considerable of the ego in this story, but I have tried to write it in the third person and failed. I am not good at that, and it requires too much explanation. In fact, the change in myself has been so great, and in every other phase of the scene so immense, that it is really another person simply looking back and putting the present man in the place of the boy of twenty. I have tried to efface my present self and go back thirty years and describe things just as they looked then,-and I hope to take you all with me for a short space of time.
In a street in New York City that was then a great thoroughfare to Brooklyn, in 1856, there was a very respectable dry goods store. The proprietor in that far away day dwelt over his store, as many others did in the heart of New York. It was there I first heard of Nebraska. Said proprietor, a relative, had been in the habit each fall of sorting up a lot of stock a little passe at