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11 > Page 11 of Possum hunters : a story of the tobacco war in Kentucky / by J.W. Slade.

THE POSSUM HUNTERS the upbuilding of the moral and commercial wel- fare of the state. He dabbled in politics to the extent of being elected representative from his district, and while serving in this capacity he saw the opportunity to organize a society the magni- tude of which only gave zest to this born "or- ganizer." He would give battle to the "Tobacco Trust." He would form the tobacco farmers into a "fool- proof, bomb-proof, wear-proof combine." He would turn timid fear into bold shoutings. He would turn their prejudices into a marketable asset. Glory be, here was a man's size job, a task which none but an optimist would tackle; just his size, just his spirit. Eagerly, painstakingly he studied conditions, found out why other efforts along this line had failed, and built the founda- tion plan for a tremendous following. He built, untiringly he schemed and planned and talked, argued, reasoned and explained. Un- til the future began to promise the fulfillment of his dreams of yesterday, the day was filled with the glad joy of efficiency, and victory seemed to smile on him as he was busily sorting the written evidence of his accomplishment. 'Twas a joy- giving day just on the edge of spring, a day such as Nature fashions for lovers, dreamers and or- ganizers. Possibly he was a "lover" without his knowing the fact, no other than a "dreamer" could have begun the engineering of his scheme, certainly his record as an "organizer" prepared "handsome ugly" Hughes Randall for the vast amount of intricate detail work necessary for suc- cess. These papers permitted him to "feel" suc- cess; he smiled on each signature as though here was something he would never forget; he called off the number of acres listed in the "Contract- Bond," or agreement between member and the society, and waited fo--- his secretary to "check" 11