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"



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