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IO   INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.

AGENCY RESULTS AT PINEY WOODS.

THE stock companies in the iniquitous insurance trust have announced that they will raise rates 20 per cent in the state and, of course, that takes in old Spruce county. They claim the raise must be made on account of the heavy loss ratio. The companies in the trust have always made money out of Spruce county. What did they do last year? Ed Beasley, who took in all the premiums at Sweetwater, told us his collections alone amounted to nearly $1,4co—say, $1,375 round numbers. Ed is a gentleman and our friend, and we believe him. There is standing on his books about $3,150 uncollected premiums, which has accumulated in several years. That will all be paid if Congress passes a free-silver bill and the companies in the combine will pay losses promptly and not help to kill business any deader than it is. We have here $4,525 premiums at Sweetwater, and the only losses was the one on Adams' livery stable, which was compromised for $I,600, and Mrs. Williams' kitchen roof, $37; total, $1,637. In Piney Woods Pikey Bill Thompson, who is hired to represent the trust, says he has took in $3,214.70. He is a liar from his youth. If that much money had passed through his hands all the guarantee companies in America couldn't have bonded him tight enough to keep him in this country. So, knowing Pikey Bill, we estimate his actual receipts at about $714. He reported $3,214.70 to the State Commissioner, and he done it to keep his credit up at the Mag-


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