The following Monday being public sale day (first Monday in new
month), a great quantity of live stock and lands, that had been mort¬
gaged for lien, were foreclosed, and in the sheriff's book for sale.
When the sale began, Chival said to Fend, " My land is for sale,
and none of these merchants will buy it in for me. Great God, I
have not a dollar, and where and how will my family live ? These
fellows want me to get on my knees and beg them ; but I'll die first."
Fend said : " I wish I could help you, but we all are in the same
ditch. Why don't you try Purit ? "
" I owe that Yankee now, and can't pay him."
" Well, try Commer: he has money"
" Oh, that no-blooded, second-class thing will think he is a gen¬
" That is true ; but the necessaries of life should be accepted from
any source when we can't help ourselves. You aint got to take him
in your society , the borrowing is a private affair
" God knows I'll have to do something. Where is he? I'll die
before I go around and seek him."
"There is Lowney (poor white), send him for Commer."
Chival now sends Lowrey for Commer, to whom he said : "Well,
Commer, my property is for sale, and as I don't want to bother with
these mean merchants here, couldn't you buy it in for me? I'll
give you a mortgage."
Commer said: "All right, Mr Chival. I'll do it, sir."
" Well, just give me the money ($500), and then come to my house
any time, and we'll fix up the paper "
Commer agreed, drew on the bank for the money, and gave it to
Chival. In the mean while Arb walked up to Braddo and said
" I was obliged to sell your mule and wagon to-day ; but come to
me next week and I'll try and get you another "
" No, Mr Arb," said Braddo ; "I been trying to buy a mule on
the lien for ten years, en I aint got 'em yet. Jist as I most pay
for the mule and ge the merchant all mer crop, they teak the mule
from me en meak me start to buy other one fresh gen. You done me
the same way You sell me that mule last winter fer one hundred
and fifty dollars with twenty per cent, intrust. After I pay you for
my pervision, I pay you one hundred and twenty-five dollars on the
mule, and know I'll finish payer for 'em next fall, but you wait till
I ge you all mer crop, then teak the mule and want me for teak new