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50   INSURANCE AT PINE1' WOODS.

people in whose midst they lived and from which they drawed their sustenance, quit and bowed the knee to the Baal of trust. The first known of it, of course, was through oursel. Mr. William Tribble, owner of the Sweetwater dry-kill, rated at $9.55 by the trust, come to us and said that Beasley had promised to renew him at $4.50, but said he couldn't do it because of the compact. Recognizing the importance of Mr. Tribble's information, we done the public spirited thing and wrote his risk in the Confederate Fire Lloyds at our special standard rate of 50 cents. Then we pumped a lot of confidential advice into Mr. Tribble's ear and sent him off a buzzing with ideas. The consequences of this was the call meeting of the Board of Trade. There was some embarrassment at the meeting caused by the fact that Pikey Bill is secretary of the Board. but.they got around that by passing resolutions saying that they had only commendations for hint as secretary and that the criminal prosecution against him was only in his capacity as insurance agent. Then they denounced the trust and jollied up the criminal authorities.

Mr. Tribble promptly swore out warrants, and Col. Alexander Bowie, the genial and popular statesman and Populist candidate for the legislature, took them to the prosecuting attorney and volunteered to help prosecute without pay or hope of reward. Thompson was arrested at once and next morning Beasley and the Atlanta squirt was brought over from Sweetwater and all three of them was arrainged before Squire McBride on the


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