DRAWING A CHALK LINE ; OR, RESERVING THE RIGHT OF PASSAGE.
AN INCIDENT FOUNDED ON FACT.
This is a strange world, or, if you please, many strange things occur in this world--either way suits us, and amongst the strange things which happen in this strange world, some are ludicrous and some are serious--some are one thing and some another. Many things, too, which take place, are shrouded in the dark pall of mystery, and remain unknown and inexplicable, till some chance of fate or fortune draws aside the veil from our vision, and we behold objects which before we had not thought of. Thus has it been with the present story which we are about to unfold. Like a sweet flower blushing unseen, it has long remained concealed. But chance has given it to us, and we shall now give to our readers the story of Drawing a Chalk line, or reserving the Right of Passage.
“Once upon a time” there came to this city a young Kentuckian, for the purpose of learning the sciences of medicine and surgery. He was tall and athletic, shrewd, apt, and intelligent, with a “little sprinkling” of waggishness. He was inducted into the Charity Hospital, and a room in the third story given him as a study. On entering into his new quarters, he was introduced to a young French gentleman, occupying the room also as a student. The young Frenchman, it seems, was very frank in his manners, courteous, yet cold, and he thus addressed his new companion :
“Sir, I am indeed pleased to see you, and hope that we may prove mutually agreeable ; but, in order that this may be the case, I will inform you that I have had several former room-
Source: Southern and Southwestern Sketches: Fun, Sentiment, and Adventure. Edited by a Gentleman of Richmond. Richmond: J.W. Randolph, n.d. 24-26. University of Virginia Alderman Library.
Erin Bartels prepared this typescript.
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