Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs: Late of the Tallapoosa by Johnson Jones Hooper

By Johnson Jones Hooper

Originally released in 1845, Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs is a chain of sketches written partly to parody a few the crusade literature of the period. the nature, Simon Suggs, along with his motto, “it is sweet to be shifty in a brand new country,” absolutely incarnates a backwoods model of the nationwide archetypes now be aware of because the self assurance guy, the grafter, the pro flim-flam artist supremely expert within the arts through which a guy will get alongside on the planet. This vintage quantity of excellent humor is determined within the rough-and-tumble global of frontier existence and politics.

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1 tell you what, mister , what did you say your name happened to be? 舒well, 9squire Jones, I9ll tell you on the honor of a gentleman, if you was to 9light from your horse and lay the purtiest hunderd dollar bill that ever had a picter on it, across your saddle, I wouldn9t take 9em both for old Ball at this particular time. " " A body would think so, that looked into the matter rightly. And what9s more," said the Captain, " it9s quite likely there9s somebody else after my land from what I9ve hearn舒so I must push.

Your old daddy is in a close place about payin9 for his land ; and this here money舒it9s jist eleven dollars, lacking of twenty-five cents舒will help out mightily. " " You won9t never be troubled to tell how you come by Bunch; the thing9s agin nater, and can9t be done. What old Jed9diah Suggs knows, he knows as good as any body. " Our hero handed the cards to his father, who, dropping the plough-line with which he had intendea to tie Simon9s hands, turned his back to that individual, in order to prevent his witnessing the operation of mixing.

Seein9 you9re pretty much afoot even if you wanted it, I may as well give you the numbers, if I can without lookin9 in my pocket book. It9s ten舒ten舒ten舒Section ten, Township舒Oh, damn the number, I never can remember舒" "S. E. " asked Jones, who looked perfectly wild. " said Captain Suggs. " " Well, I9H give you a hundred and fifty, and not a dollar more," said Jones in a decisive tone. " Let9s see舒well, I reckon舒tho9 I don9t know舒 yes, I suppose I must let you have it, as I can9t well spar9 the money to enter it at this time, no how"舒 remarked Suggs, with much truth, as his cash on hand didn9t amount to quite one-fortieth part of the sum necessary to make the entry.

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