A Little Journey to the Home of Andrew Taylor Still
Excerpt from A Little Journey to the Home of Andrew Taylor Still Major Andrew Taylor Still, who was surgeon to the troop of which Old John Brown was in command. The first time I heard of Doctor Still was from the lips of Major Pond. We were out barnstorming the one-night stands, and when topics of conversation ran short, the Major always talked about either Henry Ward Beecher or Old John Brown. Major Pond had followed the footsteps of John Brown from Pennsylvania to Ohio, Ohio to Iowa, Iowa to Kansas. These fighters for freedom had no commissary, and they took no prisoners. They lived off of the country. They were all pioneers, at home in the open, and even when alone were in good company, for they were on good terms with the stars, with the clouds, with bee-trees, deer, flowing springs, raccoons, opossums, and the entire world of happy, exuberant, lavish Nature. Doctor Still was physician to that whole "deestrick." He was twenty-eight years of age when Pond first met him, and Pond was only twenty. So between them lay the gulf of years, for a boy of twenty regards a man of twenty-eight as a veteran. Surgeon Still once set a broken wrist for young Jim Pond, and thereby was he fixed in the memory of the man who was to become lecture manager for Henry Ward Beecher. The homely, commonsense skill of Major Still in ministering to the afflicted, the sick or the injured, commanded the great respect of Jim Pond and everybody. Major Still was a man of education. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.