Excerpt from A Life of Mr. Garland of Arkansas: A Thesis for the Master's Degree
An incident happened a few months after the of Augustus H. Garland that probably determined the parents to come to Arkansas, and hence to give to that State the great man about whom this book is written. This incident, otherwise trivial, will bear noting here. Rufus and his good wife had a fine farm in Tipton County, and were doing well. However, he had his fault-a grievous one - but one that hurt him self more than anyone else. He, in common with other Tennesseans, went to the County Seat every monthly county court, and, after all business was over, indulged himself too freely with the juice of the corn. Rufe Garland sober was the pink of courtesy-and manhood; but drunk, he, like most others, was any thing but that. The home - keepers of Tipton soon came to know his ways, and in the late afternoon of all county court days every door went shut and stayed closed until he was out of town.
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