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20   INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.

VETERANS AND CONFEDERATE POLICIES. WE publish a cut of Major Amos Westbate, the first

Piney Woods policyholder in the R. E. Lee Confederate Fire Lloyds of Alexandria, Va., although he come near

being the second. Him and Capt. Bill Browder was coining to our office at the same time to take out a

policy when they met at the front door. Both are game men, but Capt. Browder being a one-legged man was

tripped up at the first pass. We.run out and grabbed his wooden stumper and pulled him out of the way be-fore Major \Vestbate could do him much harm. Both are gentlemen to the core, and after we had set up drinks and explained matters, it was arranged in a pleasant manner agreeable to all. Major Westbate had his discharge papers from General Early and took out a $5,000 policy on his house. He said the place wasn't

worth more than $1,200 but he wanted a big policy to help on the Lee's and gave us his note for the premium, payable when the cotton crop is in. Major Westbate was born at Tuskahoola and enlisted at seven-teen. He never got over being a private, but General Early told him he would be a major if the war lasted long enough. At Appletree Church the held Colonel Thorn-ton's horse while that gallant officer was leading the charge in which he was killed. Major Westbate took part in other daring actions and come home covered with laurels that will never fade as long as the memory of glorious deeds shows on the bright tablets of time. If his house burns he makes clear money. Who will be next?


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