The aged negro cocked his head on one side. "What,I ain't gwine ter turn away Ole Marse Robert's nigger isyer? You didn't know dat I was Gen. Robert Lee's cook all through dewah, did yer?" Every reporter in the office considered that introductionsufficient, and listened for half an hour to William Mack Lee, whofollowed General Robert E. Lee as body guard and cook throughout theCivil War. When the negro lifted his bent and broken figure from a chairto take his leave every man in the office reached into his pocket,for a contribution.


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