Books [Fish, Hominy and Cotton]
At seventeen July got tired working for his father. William Geddes was a stern parent and a very quarrelsome one. he and his sons always seemed to be rowing. They could never do enough to satisfy the old man no matter how hard they tried. July threw a few pieces of clothing into a battered suitcase and took the steamer for Charleston. He stayed with his aunt for a day or so doing nothing but drinking in the exciting life of the city, walking the cobblestone streets and flirting with the girls of Cow Alley. Then he landed a job with a cotton factor.
He was assigned to the task known as “cotton packing”. Now, properly speaking a factor has nothing to do with packing cotton - this is accomplished by the gin presses - but it seems that in those days there was a lot of loose cotton hanging around the offices of the factors and it must be collected and packed in bags