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40   INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.

down and help me fill these blanks. And they done it. Then this new special says he thought a job like that was worth about two cold bottles on expense. Bill owned up he was turned against liquor, but "oiling cider" pulled the leg for him and he went up against it. When he come too two days after he found himself bucked and gagged in the third story, over Ambrose's poker room. They told hint they had to do it to keep him from jumping out the third story window to show Sam Ellis that he could fly if he wanted to. Next day Frank Ferguson, the popular Yankee special, rolled in. He inspected his lines from Bill's memory and then give Bill a watermelon supper. There was five watermelons filled with five kinds of liquor. Early yesterday morning the police found Bill three miles out on Turkey Creek road, with an end-half rind of water-melon on for a hat and his mustaches painted green. He was standing in a fence corner fighting invisible

snakes with a hickory withe. Mrs. Thompson has the sympathy of all, and the Ladies Guild will assist her during her husband's absence. She said she always wanted Bill to keep an assistant to do the inspecting. She thinks it's a sunstroke. Spite of his representing trust companies Pikey Bill is well liked. His only faults was being a drunkard and lying more than was absolutely necessary to get business. Most people think he is fairly honest. But how he can be selling insurance at such high rates we can't understand.


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