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THE KOANOKE BEACON.
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THE ROANOKE BEACON,
Plymouth, N. C.
BILL AKFS LETTER,
The cry is "still they come," and
the victims continue to write me for
sympathy. I am sorry for them, but
i jim-amazed at their, stupidity and
credulity. Now here are two clever,
needy,, women, in this .community
who sent S25 each to one of these
fakirs aud each sent him a list of
twenty-five names not subscribers
but names. The women knew very
well that nobody here wanted the
paper and , so they begged or bor
rowed'or made some sacrifice to get
the money and went diligently to
work '""writing;; letters and sending
circulars to other women at other
places urging them to join the
scheme and got a year's employment
at 120 a month. And these last wo
wen sent S25 each and got to work
writing to a third set of women, and
so it goes on and on in an endless
chain,; growing longer and longer
tlwidening'and branching out as
it goes until, if it keeps on, it will
embrace the continent and then cross
the ocean and chain up all Europe.
That is the principle on which all
these endless chain "schemes are
based. Of j course the chain will
break'sooner or later and lam pleased
to learn that one of them says he
will have to surrender, but that he
will j3rotect hisagents. ite. cannot
do it. His last circular tells his
agents to stop working in North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia,
Florida and Alabama, for he has
pretty well covered these States with
agencies and now they! must work up
the western and northwestern States.
And so I continue to receive letters
from Arkansas and Texas almost
every day asking about the scheme.
A poor woman writes mo'from Colo
rado, Texas, that her little children
picked cotton to raise the $25 for her
invalid sister who wanted to work
and to get the monthly salary. She
sent the money and a list of names,
for she could not get a single sub
scriber, and the fakir sent her a dol.
lar and that is all she has ever re
ceived, and she asks, "Is it possible
that any human beingismean enough
to rob a starving woman and her
children ? Is it "possible that Bill
Arp would raise up a'.boyjike that?"
Jso, he cannot protect I113 agents. It
would take Aladdin's lamp 10 com
ply with his promises, lie got $50
from these two women in this town.
I don't know. how many at Kings
town and Adairville. He has prom
ised $175 to each, which makes $350
for one town. No doubt he has 30Q
agepts in Georgia and it will take
over $50,000 to pay them. Then
multiply that by four other States
that he says he has already covered.
Of course he can't pay his agents.
But he pays enough to get a few
credentials. One lady writes me
from Milledgeville and defends him
and says he has paid her so far and
ehe believes he is an honest mar.
Another writes from the same coun
ty and says he won't pay her any -thing
and will not answer her let
ters, t& M hoped, however,
that he will refund the $25 to each
agent. But take another view of
this wonderful scheme. There are
fifty of his papers received here at
this office and not one of them rep
resents a subscriber. Our people
took them out for a while, thinking
they were some of these sample cop
ies that fl(od the country. But
they have found out better and re
fuse to take them out, for they do
not want them and they fear that
somebody will be calling for the
money. Now if our county is an
average there has been sent from the
State to that one town from eight to
ten thousand dollars and got back
nothing that anybody in Georgia
Another paper writes me very tart
ly about its scheme and advises ine
to let things alone that I do not un
derstand. The publisher sends to
me copies of his circulars and asserts
that it is nothing like the other plan.
Well it is more liberal, for it asks
only $10 to get ten subscribers and
an agency and start the chain and
promises $24 a month for every five
agents secured in a month. My
wife had already received two let
ters urging her to take an agency
and make $25 a month so easy. Of
course she declined, for she didn't
tars to beg any oue to take & paper
he didn't want, nor would she send
her own money and a list of names
and write to other women to come
in the scheme.
I will not say it is a fraud, for I
have reason to believe that the pub
lisher is honest and conscientious,
but the scheme is a delusion and a
snare and is in very bad company.
The agents can't get genuine sub
scribers and will send their own
money and a list of names.
And here comes another scheme
from another Georgia town. It says :
waiin m., i. -1 r.. - -
"Send us 20 and wo will emplov
youvat $20 a month for twelve months
to write five letters a day and get
agents to work for us and will pay
$2 extra for each agent oyer five in a
month. Some of our agents get
from ten to fifty new agents monthly
i and make from $70 to. 3110 a month.
It will only take a few minutes ev
ery day to write the letters." That
beats the original. I reckon they
must have a thousand agents in
Georgia getting $20 a month. That
takes $2-10,000 a year to pay them.
Does anybody believe that? And
yet this investment company does
not seem to have anything to sell,
but will get you a sewing machine,
a gold watch, a bike or a gun. They
refer you to a long array of referent
But here is oue from North Caro
lina, where the cherry trees grow;
'Greatest money making plan of
the twentieth century.
"$5 per day made at home mailing
circulars. It. breaks all records and
the money eouies rolling in." These
are tiie head lines of the offer. The
body of the circular is 100 long and
too fascinating to copy. It might
injure Atlanta's shoe trade to s;ivad
this kind of news in your coin urns.
j A lady writing to me from Thomas-
! viib says her neighbor, a good, scn
j sible lady, was induced by this cir
cular to send iw.oo to another lady,
who was an endless chain agent for
this North Carolina party aud got a
pair of shoes she could have bought
at home for $2.50 and she had to
pay 45 cents express charges upon
them. I have hunted for this little
North Carolina town all over the
map and have not found it yet. 1
reckon it is some little town that is
yet in the wood.
I am not through with these end
less chain frauds or 'delusions or
nr.. j M,.Li,,,L.. f-f f-fr,
snare?, but will close with the most
amusing little fake that has ever
transpired in this region. A planter
who lives in our town suys that one
of his tenants got a circular that
camo all the way from that pious
country where they used to sell nut
megs made of wood and seed oats
made of shoe pegs. The circular
said that any one remitting a money
order for $1.70 would have sent to
them a handsome set of oak finished
furniture. The credulous mau
would not consult his landlord, but
sent it, and as the circular said ;
''Pleaso mention the color of the up
holstery that you prefer," ho wrote
that he wanted green. In due time
ho was notified that the furniture
had been shipped. So ho waited
about ten days and then drove in
with a two-horse wagon to receive it
and haul it home On inquiring at
the depot he found a little box ai,d
inside was miniature set of furni
ture for a doll. The bedstead A'as 8
inches long and the sofa (5. On the
outside of the box was 75 ceuts for
freight. But the upholstering was
green and the man smiled a sickly
grin and said : ''So am I J"
Now, if there is anything for which
I have n particular dislike, it is a
personal controversy with iny fellow
man. I was forced into this one to
protect my name and secure my
peace, but if it shall result in pro
tecting the dependent women of this
laud from the greed aud tricks of
straugers, I shall not regret the con
troversy. The government will take
a hand in it afier a while, but that
will not refund the money. A fed
eral court has already ot the cherry
tree man in limbo.
The United States postal law de
clares that no newspapers shall, be
carried its second-class matter unless
they are for legitimate subscribers
who with their own consent have
paid or agree to pay the subscription
price. Let the law be enforced.
P. S. Later from the front. Since I
peuned the above I have received another
letter tbfit cups the climax. ''''
WStisboro. S. O., Jan. 2. To Bill Arpj
"I used to admirq you and banked on youf
letters. You had my respect aud confidence
to that extent that I gaye uiy daughter $25
to send to you and get the monthly reward
for writi og letters. . That was more than
two months ago and you ii now tha rest, ,
you grand old fraud. I hate to tnink as
meanly of auy man as I now think of you
and your son. If you were worth the
powder aud leud it Would take to kill you
I'd have you both arrested, you two-faced
old hypocrite If you ever come this way,
you old sjuuer, what we will do for you
will be a plenty." Eto . oto. J. D. L.
The man had better refund that $25 or
inn away. B. A.
Clerk's Wise Suggestion.
"I have lately been much troubled with
dyspepsia, belching and sour stomach,"
wiiies M. B. Mead, leading pharmacist of
Attleboro, Mass. '"I could eat hardly any"
thiug without suffering te veral hours, My
clerk (suggested I try Kodol Dyspepsia;
Cure whifih I aid with most happy results.
I have had no more trouble and when one
can go to eating miuce pie, cheese, candy
aud uuts after 8Uch a time, their digestion,
must b& pretty good. I endorse Kodol Dys
peiihiat Cure heai lilv." You don't have to
diet. Eat all tho good food you want but, 4
dou't overload the stomach. Kodol Dysl
pepsia Cure' digests your food,
Having qualified as administrator of the'
estate of J uo. A.JiNorman 'deceased, notice
is hereby given to all those having claims
agaim.t said estate to present them (jwitbin
one year from the date hereof or this notice
will be plead in bar of their recovery. AH
thuse indebted to the said estate will please
make iminediato settlement.
This Jan'y. t. 1902.
(J. V. NoRMllf,
Advertise what von have to eeft
and yet your share offtha monev in -it