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 nice to be shifty in a brand new country,” absolutely incarnates a backwoods model of the nationwide archetypes now recognize because the self assurance guy, the grafter, the pro flim-flam artist supremely expert within the arts in which a guy will get alongside on the planet. This vintage quantity of excellent humor is decided 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.
His " pile," to be sure, considering how extensive were the operations contemplated, was certainly small舒inadequate. 99 So perhaps the amount of his capital was really not a matter of any great consequence. He carried a hun dred and fifty dollars with him; the results might net have been different, had he carried a thousand and fifty舒who shall say ? The Captain舒would that we could avoid the anachronism we commit every time we apply the military designation of Simon, in speaking of events which occurred anterior to the year of grace 1836;舒 however, let it go舒the Captain left his horse at a farm-house near Montgomery, and took the mail- coach for the capital.
Simon! Simon! you poor unlettered fool. Don9t you know that all card-players, and chicken-fighters, and horse-racers go to hell? You crack-brained creetur you. " asked Simon. " Shet your mouth, you imperdent, slack-jawed dog. Your daddy9s a-tryin9 to give you some good advice, and you a-pickin9 up his words that way. " " They couldn9t get my money in a week" said Simon. " Any body can git these here green feller9s money; them9s the sort I9m a-gwine to watch for myself. " " Well, it9s no use to argify about the matter," said old Jed9diah ; " What saith the Scriptur9 ?
Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs: Late of the Tallapoosa Volunteers; Together with Taking the Census and Other Alabama Sketches (Library Alabama Classics) by Johnson Jones Hooper