The  National  Volunteer
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July 13, 1854
          "Many voters" annnounced for Captain Samuel McKenzie for sheriff.....
Abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelbyville, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts: 1853-1859.  
Submitted by Sherry Badgley Ryan, with permission from the author.

Fort Wayne Sentinel
October 19, 1850
          A TRUE PATRIOT. — The Shelbyville Volunteer tells the following incident:  When  Capt. McKenzey  started with his noble company of volunteers, (Com. E. 5th Ind. Reg.) from this place for Madison, bound for Mexico, 133 in number, he had but a solitary dime in his pocket, and arrived at Madison entirely destitute of funds for the supply of his men.  Finding himself and his men in rather a bad fix. destitute of means in a strange place, he resolved to try some expedient to get a little of “the needful."  Accordingly he applied to the bank, but his strange face would'nt [sic] command the money without a responsible endorser.  The Captain mentioned over several names whom he thought responsible, and asked if they would do.  The bank officers said they were not acquainted much with them, -- but they were well acquainted with one  Jesse D Bright.  The Captain taking the hint, and not suffering much from bashfulness, was determined to find out who this Jesse D. Bright was, rather than let his soldiers suffer.  After some search and enquiry, he found him on the wharf, and made known his errand and his name.  Mr. B. asked Capt. McKenzey if he had charge of that company of noble fellows that arrived in town last evening from Shelby County.  He told him he had.  Without further ceremony Mr. B. proceeded with the Captain to the bank and drew for him what money he required, ($400) which was a great accommodation to both officers and men.
Contributed by John Ballard

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