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But hard reality intervened, and he had to make a living; so he soon changed his plans.  Hill Papers, James Jerome Hill Reference Library, Saint Paul, Minnesota. economic livelihood before the 1860s. Over eight hundred chugging steamers coursed to these levees during the busy warm months of the year. His first employer was the firm of Brunson, Lewis and White, who served as local agents for the Dubuque and Saint Paul Company's fleet of Mississippi steamboats. He carried the title of ''shipping clerk,'' and he did maintain the Page 14 books.

Interestingly, however, even though young James carried from his youth a strong appreciation for religion and its value to individuals and society, he did not mature to become a devout or even a routine churchgoer. James Sr. fervently hoped that his namesake would become a physician, and both parents instilled a love of reading and tradition in their children. The children would sing Scottish ballads to the tune of their father's flute, and all through Hill's years, one of his favorite times would be singing around the campfire or roaring out one of his favorite numbers solo while one of his daughters played the piano.

The police arrived in time to avoid further injury and took away the drunks; Hill's wounds proved to be superficial and soon healed. This was as close as he ever came to being a "brawling . . " In fact, Hill drank little, worked hard, and mainly confined his evening and weekend socializing to respectable settings. During these early years in Saint Paul, he seemed to find boardinghouse life much to his liking. As always, he read incessantly. A compulsive joiner in the best tradition of the nineteenth century, he joined and enjoyed the Pioneer Guard militia unit and turned out to be a very good shot, despite the fact that he had only one good eye.

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