ties and fair play they have not yielded their possessor their due
Fend remarked : " The gloomy days are passed now and our people
are in hopes. I have nothing but my land, but that has been im¬
proved above the value of what it was with all my negroes in olden
time. The heaviest burden we have to carry now is this credit
Purit said : "That is a perfect monopoly. The farmer is obliged
to give a mortgage on his crop to the merchant that furnishes him
with supplies he needs till the crop is made, but must take the sup¬
plies and deliver the mortgaged product at the merchant's own
Here Moor and Poster walked up and Fend said : "And their prices
are always detrimental to the farmer's interest. Ain't that true,
Moor replied : " Yes, sir, but, gentlemens, ef the merchunts injure
the white people, war must you say they do with my poor race? "
" Do them worse," said Fend, " take advantage of their ignorance.
In fact, the negroes keep up their trade in Villa. For most of the
white farmers deal in Urban, where they get prices more favorable to
their interest, even under the credit system."
"Moor, you are out of the merchant's clutches now?" inquired
Moor replied: " I jist settled up er few days er go and sabe er little
cotton. It meaks me feel good, wen I kin say I don't owea man."
Purit said: "lam glad to hear that. Now you ought to sell your
cotton and go to Urban and buy all the supplies you need next year.
Of the money you spend in Villa, youcansave30 percent, in Urban."
"I thank you for your advice, Mr. Purit, I'll put 'em to good
"You let Moor beat you, Poster," said Fend ; " he owns his land,
mules, etc.-, and is out of debt."
Poster said : "I had bad luck."
"Bad management, you ought to say," rejoined Fend.
The reader is asked to hold Villa in his mind as one of the country
towns of the South and Urban as one of the seaport or large com¬
mercial cities. The next day Poster went to Villa, and on entering
Arb's store the latter said : "Well, Poster, you have cotton to¬