Swindling Exposed; From the Diary of William B. Moreau, King of Fakirs. Methods of the Crooks Explained. History of the Worst Gang That Ever Infested This Country; Names, Locations and Incidents ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...was my confidential friend. Between talking and his questions I filled out an agency blank, also an 'indemnity' to the company, which I said was a mere matter of form, as the clause below distinctly stated that it was not collectable till the money was received from the sale of the fertilizer. Mr. Ackerman hesitated at this, but being urged that it was all right, finally signed it. I then gave him instructions how to sell the goods; said I would send printed matter enough to flood the county and would assist him in every way possible. I agreed to send a sample at once, filled out an order then and there, and then, suddenly looking at my watch, said, 'I must leave;' and bidding my victim a pleasant good day was soon on the highway and driving northward. After going about a mile I turned, took another road and went quickly to Geneva. "I didn't intend to send Mr. Ackerman any goods, but coneluded that as he would drive about and talk a good deal, that it would pay to send him the sample. So I bought and sent him two barrels of the cheapest fertilizer I could find. In the meantime I clipped the 'saving clause' off the 'obligation of indemnity, ' or note, and sold the paper, $150, for $135. "Then I went to work and fleeced another farmer on phosphate, and was at work on another when his neighbor drove up and told of how Farmer Ackerman, near Dey's Landing, was swindled by a fertilizer man. I assisted in denouncing the scoundrels who traveled under false colors; said they injured us honest dealers, etc. This proved a let-down for me, but I could not drive another bargain in the neighborhood. I then knew that I must retreat or be run in, so I left. "I afterwards learned that the man we sold the note to got a little scary and...show more
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
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