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INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.   49

in the trust, shook up all Spruce county last week. The excitement was not of course equal to that caused by the hanging last year or our fight with Thompson. These had social aspects that interested ladies at the fireside as well as gentlemen, whilst the proceedings against Thompson and Beasley, being of a purely business nature, could not be expected to stir up any but the cold, thinking, intellectual portion of our population. There was a general sigh of business relief when the Spruce county jail doors closed on these men. We tried to relieve the situation by borrowing a pair of crutches from Judge McMahon (who suffers with gout) and going to our office to be ready to furnish lawful and cheap Lloyds insurance whilst the trust companies was closed up; but the excitement was so great that little was doing, and all we could do was to set in front of our office and let the people know that we was ready to do our duty.

It seems that two weeks ago a little squirt from Atlanta arrived in town at Sweetwater and located himself in a back room over the Bee-hive Notion House. Then he sent notice to Thompson and Beasley that he had been appointed compact manager for Spruce county, and that all daily reports must be sent to him and stamped O. K. so that rates couldn't be cut. He had documents from the High Mucky Muck of the trust at Atlanta to the same effect, saying that what the squirt said must go clean through without creaking. And these two grown-up men, without making any fight for the


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