Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - July 7, 1861

Sunday 7th [July 1861]

Will and cousin John Minor dined with the Flying Artillery to day.

We hear that there was an attempt to blow up the Pawnee last night – but it failed and was discovered – which is worse.

I do not heed half that I hear now. There are so many ‘lies’ told that have no foundation atall. Lying and exageration are the great sins of the age I think.

Almost every day we hear in an exciting story about a fresh battle – when there has been none and no approach to one. A few evenings ago, when the cars arrived, the crowd pressed forward with the usual question “What is the news?

“No news – not even a lie” was the reply.

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