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A Georgia "Cracker" Gets Away With
the Southern Clock Man
Mr. J. M. Cooley, at present holding forth in this city, is the headman of the Southern Clock Company, whatever that may be, and has in his employ a large number of young men who travel hither and thither throughout the country selling cheap clocks after the style of the omnipresent sewing machine agent.
Cooley is a man of business, lively, level-headed and with all a good judge of human nature, but he is not infallible and sometimes gets "picked up," as the sequel will show.
A few weeks ago he determined to extend his business operations and invade the territory of Bedford County with his time keepers, warranted to hold their own, and for this purpose Mr. Cooley was on the lookout for a young man to act as agent. He found him, in the person of one Mr. Frank L. Rees, who hailed from Schey County, Georgia. Rees came well recommended and claimed to be a scion of a distinguished Georgia family. His papers and his family genealogy seemed to eminently fit him for the business of peddling cheap clocks out to unsuspecting rural rustics who desire to keep up with old Father Time's meanderings, and Rees was engaged to do up Bedford.
It was necessary that Rees should practice a little and he was sent out in Pittsylvania to try his hand. The experiment was satisfactory, and on or about the 22nd of February Cooley advanced Rees the sum of $70, and started him to Bedford to furnish cheap time to the benighted citizens of that county, and that's the last Cooley ever saw of his agent.
Investigation shows that Rees went to Franklin Junction where he got on a bender, and furnished fun for the loafers thereabouts for two days. He claimed to be much of a scholar and mounted on a dry goods box he spent hours spouting Latin, French and Greek, and then coming back to English he gave his admiring audience whole pages of Shakespeare, Byron and other poetical productions. Cooley tried to trace his man Rees, but failed to locate him until yesterday he received a long letter from the truant dated at Anderson, S. C.
In this letter Bees made a confession of his sins and implores pardon.
He says that before leaving Danville he fell into bad company and was robbed of half the money advanced him to go to Bedford; that be then went to the country to try to sell some clocks to catch up with his cash account. Then he concluded he had better skip, which be proceeded to do on the southbound train February 25th.
The letter written by Rees is a pitiful plea for forgiveness, but Mr. Cooley has learned that such performances are common with the fugitive, and that not a great while ago be swindled a community in Florida where he appeared in the role of a pious school teacher.
Rees is now believed to be in Macon, Ga., where he has heretofore lived.
Mr. Cooley is short $70 and a number of clocks.--Danville, Va., Register, March 4.