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S6   INSURANCE AT PINEY WOODS.

ENGLISH WAR NEWS AFFECTS INSURANCE.

WHEN the news was brought to Piney Woods last week that Grover Cleveland had declared war on England there was the most intense excitement. Col. Alexander Bowie, who was addressing a crowd of citizens at the courthouse in the interests of free silver, was interrupted by ourself, who had seen the telegraph of the news, and we whispered it to him. It had spread around the crowd and everybody was itching with nothing to say and wanted to say it. Col. Bowie spread out his long arms majestically, as a great crow sailing in the heavens, and the noise hushed. " Men ! " he says, rising to the occasion, " mark my words ! " And he pointed his finger straight out and shook it, speaking slow and emphatic : " I f we do have war it will be because the gold-bugs, trying to control this fair country, has tried to kill free silver by scaring us. If we

don't have war it will be because the gold-bugs scare us out of our manhood by threatening to cut us off from the Lombard street gold warehouses!" There was a pause, and then the crowd, seeing that Col. Bowie had fenced off the gold-bugs both ways—caught 'em a'cotning and a'going—and made thent unquestionably responsible for whatever happened, there was a great outburst of cheering and stomping, and in the mean-while Col. Bowie came down from the stand and asked us what the war had been declared about as calmly as if nothing had happened. The resources of that man as a statesman is wonderful.

Next day things was quieter, though some excite-


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