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84   INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.

round house over there and keep smoke a boiling out of the chimneys. Maybe you already guess my ultimate object—to get the headquarters of the road moved here! A stone depot where Dago Pete's apple stand now is, a fourteen-story office building across the street and my office right here among my old friends that I love !"

All the crowd that could stand up rose up and cheered and shook Bill's hands and there was tears in his eyes. When it quieted down he says, dignifiedly:

Now, boys, a private matter. I have been criticised here iii this great free silver community for taking Grover Cleveland to Atlanta. The facts are these: I went to Washington to arrange for his being taken down by a subordinate. While I was talking to Thurber about it in his office at the White House I heard the door open softly and a sweet voice asking, ' Is this Mr. IIanks?' I turned and there stood Mrs. Cleveland, with little Esther in her arms. She come up and says, looking me in the face with those great eyes, ' Mr. Hanks, if you don't promise me to take Mr. Cleveland down yourself, I will not have a minute of sleep while he is gone.' Well, I'm a Southern mall, and I'll be—no, I won't swear—hut when I can't do what a lovely lady asks me to do, with all innocent babe in her arms, then my name's not Bill Hanks, and I'll throw up my job in favor of a man that has got the chivalry to do so."

Colonel Hanks took out a policy of $I,000 on his palatial Atlanta mansion in the R. E. Lee Confederate Fire Lloyds and has applied to the Farmers Mutual for a life policy. He told us that President Cleveland said if the White House was his he'd take a Confederate Lloyds policy for two reasons: one political, because it was Southern ; the other because he believed it one of the safest. It is understood that Colonel Hanks is a free-silver man at heart.


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