Lone Star Light, newsclipping describing DePelchin's travels back to Texas from Sewanee [Digital Version]

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DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893, Lone Star Light, newsclipping describing DePelchin's travels back to Texas from Sewanee (January 7, 1879)

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Title: Lone Star Light, newsclipping describing DePelchin's travels back to Texas from Sewanee [Digital Version]
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Author: DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893
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Publication date: 2010-06-07
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Description: News clipping, letter describing travels from Sewanee to Houston
Source(s): DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893, Lone Star Light, newsclipping describing DePelchin's travels back to Texas from Sewanee (January 7, 1879)
Source Identifier: Kezia Payne DePelchin letters, MS 201, Box 1, letter 23, p. 175, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. Contact info: woodson@rice.edu
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Keywords: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • De Pelchin, Kezia P. (Payne) 1828-1893--Travel
  • Travelers' writings
  • Southern States--Description and travel--19th century
Keywords: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
  • Houston (inhabited place)
  • Cumberland Plateau (plateau)
  • Sewanee (inhabited place)
  • Nashville (inhabited place)
  • Memphis (inhabited place)
  • Palestine (inhabited place)

"Lone Star" Light.

Special Correspondence, NEWS.]

I had intended to begin my epistle
with, The sunny prairies of Texas
with their birds and blossoms, to the
snow clad mountains of Tennessee,
greeting, but the sun having hidden
his face behind clouds of rain and
sleet, I shall have to come down to
matter-of-fact description.

The views down the Cumberland
Mountains from Sewanee to Nashville,
always grand, are especially so
to one accustomed to flat coast lands.
Our journey was enlivened by young
ladies from Moffat Seminary, and
students from the University of the
South, returning home to spend
Christmas. At every station we
dropped a few of the future professional
men of the nation. Some as
Doctors will distinguish themselves
in the next epidemic or extinguish
their own lives in search of science.
Others who will seek to thread, or
straighten out the crooked meshes of
the Law; and again those who casting
aside all worldly fame, will go
forth, bearing the olive branch, and
preaching peace, good will to men;
or seizing the editorial quill, wield
an influence second to none for good
or ill, and become to modern society
what the Oracles were to the
ancients. Whichever it is, we wish
them well.

Arrived at Nashville, were soon
comfortable in the homelike Nicholson
House—next morning sallied
forth to do the town—rode out to
the Vanderbilt—I thought as I looked
at the fine buildings, tastefully laid
out grounds surrounded by the homes
of the professors, it was a pity the
Commodore had not spent a little
more money that way. The Capitol
from its elevation shines like a
beacon to strangers wandering thro
the city. If it is as conspicuous for
just legislation as for situation, it is
truly a glory to the State. Leaving
Nashville at night I lost the scenery
of the suburbs. It was snowing.

Arrived in Memphis in time for
breakfast. The streets of Memphis
had become quite familiar to me.
Business seemed brisk, judging from
the amount of cotton; but as nearly
everybody was dressed in black, the
town had a sad look, perhaps because
I knew how sad many hearts in
Memphis were. I visited two of the
institutions kept up by the Ladies'
Christian Association; there is much
work for them this winter. Next
day I visited Elmwood Cemetery.
How many whom I saw the first
week of my sojourn, here sleep their
last sleep! Two long rows of graves
of the Howard nurses. The same of
Doctors, victims—no, martyrs! in a
glorious cause. I believe a monument
is to be erected to their memory
and their names incribed thereon,
but their names are recorded above,
for "I was sick and ye visited me"
contains a promise from One whose
word never fails. A plain wooden
cross marks the grave of Rev. L.
Schuyler who followed his Master
even unto Death.

Five o'clock P. M., I was at the
depot. A crowd of emigrants were
waiting for the Little Rock train, to
take Horace Greely's advice and
"Go West." What a little romance
might be woven from the story of
each family. How delighted the
children were at the novelty and the
ride. The parents looked anxious,
sad at the breaking of old ties, tho
sometimes brightening at the thought
of new and better fortune in the
new home. One lady had her canary
bird wrapped fondly in her cloak.
Another brave woman with five children
and her aged mother was
emigrating without any other help,
but from their thrifty appearance
they will do well. At Palestine,
Texas, where the railway branches
off to the west, our emigrants left us;
may their hopes be realized. Soon
we felt the difference of latitude, and
came into Houston with every window
open. As I rode home I saw
the flowers blooming, and the orange
trees shook their golden fruit temptingly.

Christmas Eve I attended a festival.
Roses from the open garden
adorned the church, and beautiful
geraniums surrounded the tree, looking
almost as strange this time of
year as the mystic fruit these Christmas
trees bear do in the eyes of
children by midnight. I suppose it
was old Santa Claus coming. It blew,
it snew, it frew. By morning the
Orange trees were hung with icicles,
and the rosebuds and violets looked
as if in glass cases—children were
gathering them in wonder and admiration.
But what is Christmas
without ice! I often think how do
the little Christian children feel who
have emigrated to Australia where
Christmas comes in midsummer?
for we associate Kriskringle with a
bright, cheerful blazing fire. The
severely cold weather continued until
to-day, when it has again turned


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