• Public Charity

    SOCKDOLAGER—A Tale of Davy Crockett, Charity and Congress

    A “sockdolager” is a knock-down blow. This is a newspaper reporter’s captivating story of his unforgettable encounter with the old “Bear Hunter” from Tennessee. From “The Life of Colonel David Crockett”, by Edward S. Ellis (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1884) CROCKETT was then the lion of Washington. I was a great admirer of his character, and, having several friends who were intimate with him, I found no difficulty in making his acquaintance. I was fascinated with him, and he seemed to take a fancy to me. I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of…