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Humor of a Country Lawyer$
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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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Humor in Burke County

Humor in Burke County

(p.13) Chapter 2 Humor in Burke County
Humor of a Country Lawyer

Sam J. Ervin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on humorists who have lived in all areas of North Carolina. They were, however, undoubtedly more numerous and gifted in Burke than elsewhere. Doubting Thomases should understand that the author's attitude toward Burke County owes more to that entertained by Arthur Talmadge Abernethy than to the author's fidelity to truth. Arthur Talmadge Abernethy persuaded a Mrs. Balfour, who suffered virulent attacks of asthma in the bleak North, to remove thence to Burke County and establish her home on land he sold her. Subsequently, she alleged in a suit against him in Burke County Superior Court that he had induced her to make the purchase and establish her home in Burke County by an assurance which had proved itself to be slightly lacking in veracity, namely, that asthma was unknown in healthy Burke County and that if she settled in Burke, she would suffer no more asthmatic attacks.

Keywords:   humorists, North Carolina, Burke County, doubting Thomases, Arthur Talmadge Abernethy

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