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INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.   29

FIGHTING THE INSURANCE TRUST.

Tam meeting at the Piney Woods Board of Trade Monday to organize a local company to fight the insurance trust was a hummer. Everybody that is anybody in this town was there—even Toney, the dago, who runs the depot watermelon stand. Judge Alex McGaffney was called to the chair and made a rousing speech, in which he said lie didn't know anything about insurance, but as a citizen of Piney Woods was ready to fight the trust. Mr. Ben Moseley, of the South Appalachian Dry Kill plant, Mr. Alexius Bodine, of the Bodine Brothers' barber shop, Mr. Prather Williams, of the Chicago store and others made great speeches. Col. Alexander Bowie, the Populist candidate for the legislature, pledged him-self, if elected, to draw bills that would bring the great slimy and crawling octopus of capital to its knees begging for mercy. Mr. Bodine made a move which was seconded by Major Westbate, that a mutual company be formed, and that the money paid out to foreign companies be kept at home to make times easier. Pikey Bill Thompson, who is secretary of the Board of Trade, looked sick, but never chirped until now. He said the Piney Woods premiums was about $3,000 a year and losses had sometimes been double as much. Colonel Bowie said this was no time to talk about the details. It was the principle that was at stake, and sooner than see Piney Woods dragged in the dust at the cart-tail of a


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