Sketches and Eccentricities of Col. David Crockett,: Of West Tennessee

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Page 152 - I'm that same David Crockett, fresh from the backwoods, half-horse, half-alligator, a little touched with the snapping-turtle ; can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey locust ; can whip my weight in wild cats, — and if any gentleman pleases, for a ten dollar bill, he may throw in a panther, — hug a bear too close for comfort, and eat any man opposed to Jackson.
Page 33 - Hope not exist, because a lovely woman has said no—because she has said no, whose only method consists in going counter to all method— because she has said no, whose determination, when once made, is so fixed that it has given rise to the following lines: " Stamp it on the running stream, Print it on the moon's pale beam, And each evanescent letter Shall be firmer, fairer, better, And more permanent, I ween, Than the things those letters mean.
Page 75 - I hugged it, and a notion struck me to climb it; so up I started, and I climbed that tree for thirty feet before I came to any limb, and then slipped down. It was awful warm work. How often I climbed it, I never knew; but I was going up and slipping down for three or four hours, and when day first began to break, I was going up that tree. As soon as it was cleverly light, I saw before me a slim sweet gum, so slick, that it looked like every varmunt in the woods had been sliding down it for a month....
Page 34 - Rather stand it like a man and be consoled, not by the trite adage that " there are as good fish in the sea as ever were caught...
Page 55 - Shakes, would see striking marks of the gigantic power of an earthquake. He would find the largest forest trees split from their roots to their tops, and lying half on each side of a fissure. He would find them split in every direction, and lying in all shapes. At the time of this earthquake, no persons were living where those lakes have been formed. Colonel Crockett was among the nearest settlers; and to this day, there is much of that country entirely uninhabited, and even unknown. Several severe...
Page 156 - He fetched it back in a hurry, as you may think. And when he set it down before me, how do you think it was? Licked as clean as my hand. If it wasn't, I wish I may be shot! "Says he, 'What will you have, sir?' And says I, 'You may well say that, after stealing my goose.
Page 156 - If there was n't I wish I may be shot. Then I saw a man coming along carrying a great glass thing, with a glass handle below, something like a candlestick. It was stuck full of little glass cups, with something in them that looked good to eat. Says I, ' Mister, bring that thing here.' Thinks I, let's taste them first. They were mighty sweet and good — so I took six of 'em. If I did n't I wish I may be shot.
Page 155 - He dodged his head and she dodged her's, and then they got to drinking wine across the table. But when I looked back again, my plate was gone, goose and all. So I jist cast my eyes down to t'other end of the table, and...
Page 143 - Still asking permission, yet having it denied, Slim is seen bustling about the room, until, at the end of the dialogue, his wooden clock having encroached upon the dominions of an old family timepiece, is seen suspended with all the beauty, yet bold effrontery of a Yankee notion. Slim having accomplished so much, draws around the fire, and soothes the old man by discussing the quality of his farm. Baines begins to go into the minutiae of his farming operations, and the clocks strike nine.

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