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Prom an Bngllafa Magailne.
People called him "Soapy," in ironi
cal allusion to his unwashed state.
Some would ask him when he
was going to sport his two "grays"
and retire. The boys hailed him as
"Golden Syrup Sandwich," which was
supposed to contain a delicate hint at
the treacley character of his ordinary
Certain it was that Tobias, or, as he
was commonly called, Bias, took very
little notice of this, but went patiently
on, existing- id rag's and hardship.
With his donkey tandem and shaky
makeshift of a cart, he hawked fish
around the countryside, and when
there was no fish to hawk he became a
traveling- green grocer's shop, and
when that line of business was not
brisk he sold scouring sand —for you
must know that Bias was a man of in
finite resources in his way, and was cer
tainly the most enterprising and active
individual in his village.
It was said that he was left an orphan
at an early aye; that when offered by
the parson the chance of going- to
school, he could not afford the time;
that when he grew to be a youn.,'- man
he could not afford to marry; that all
through his life he could not afford
anything to any one, and now, at the
age of 75, he could not afford to live.
Yet it was pitiful to see the old man
hobbling 1 at the tail of his remarkable
cart, in all weathers, amid the jeers,
and often the fish-offal puttings, of the
villagers. The old man bore the hard
ness of his life with a certain philo
sophic indifference, and was known
many a time to have lent a helping 1
hand to his enemies.
A wretched, mud-built hut of one
story, with a small, dirt}' window,
perched on the end of the coy
was what Bias called home. At the
back of this a still more wretched
shanty, roofed by an old disused in
verted boat, formed the stable and
cart house. Bias lived all alone; no
one ever went to his hut but mischiev
ous boys, who would peer into the
window and annoy the old man as he
lay without fire and light on the straw
bed on Sundays. Such was Bias; and.
if you will allow the term, such was
One day a chance remark or reflec
tion set speculation rife in the village,
for it was remembered that the well
known form of Bias had not been seen
for nearl}' two days. This news com
ing to the parson, he set out at once
for the hut of Bias, and on the way,
as though struck with a prophetic
sense of the old man's state, he called
for the village doctor and carried him
along with him to the old man.
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