Letter from Joseph F. Pennock
Over the River project – August 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine
Christo the carpetbagger should go drape himself
When Northerners went south after the Civil War and exploited the poor residents, they were called carpetbaggers. When venders of worthless potions traveled the countryside selling their bogus wares, they were labeled quacks. When a person commits cheap practical jokes or otherwise deceives seemingly willing victims, he’s known as a buffoon.