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J ' " : THE STO SUNDAY, JANUARY 3. IS2. ' , ITlVH
I puHTCOIlRIER.
1 Eiperienew or TraTfil in Europe Sii
I Things that Had to Be Done,
and Other Things that
I Proved Necessary.
By MARK TWAIN.
h
$ A tlmo would oome whon wo must go from
S, Alx.lei-nalnoB to Qonovo. and from thonco. by
1 a Mricn of day-long and tnnglod journeys, to
f Bayreuth in Bavaria. I should havo to hiwo a
' courier of courso to tako caro of so consider-
i cts a party as mine.
But I proorastlnatcd. The time slipped
4' olenf.and at last I woke up ono day to the
factlbatwoworo ready to movo and had no
'" eourler. Ithon rosolvodupon what Ifolt was
foolhardy thine, but I was In tho humor of It
I said I would mako tho first stngo without
hlp-I did it.
I brought tho party from Alx to Geneva by
yself-four people. Tho dlstanco was two
hours and more and thore was ono change of
ears. There was not an aeoldont of any kind,
, except loavlng a vallso and somo othor mat
ters on tho platform, a thing which can hardly
a caiiod on accldont It Is so common. Bo I
offerod to conduct tho party oil tho way to
' Bayrouth.
This was a blunder, thouch Itdldnotseom
to at tho time. Thoro was moro detail than I
thought thoro would be: 1. Two persons
whom wo had loft In a Donovan tension somo
.' weeks beforo. must bo oollocted and broucht
' to the hotol: 2. 1 must notify tho pooplo on tho
Grand Quay who storo trunks to brine aoven
of our stored trunks to tho hotel and carry
back seven which thoy would And plied In tho
lobby: 3. I must And out what part of Europo
Bsyreuth was In and buy seven railway tickets
" for that point: 4. 1 must send a telogram to a
friend In tho Ketherlands; 5. It was now 2 In
the afternoon, and wo must look sharp and be
ready for the first night train and make sure
of sleeping-car tickets: a X must draw money
at tho bank.
It soemod to me that the sleeping-car
tickets must be the most important thing, so
I went to tho station mysolf to make euro:
hotel messongora aro not always brisk people.
It was a hot day, and I ought to havo driven,
but It soemod bottor economy to walk. It did
not turn out so. bocauso I lost my way and
troblod tho distance. I applied for the tickets,
and they asked me which route I wanted to go
br. and that embarra83cd me and mado mo
' loso my head, thore wore so many people
standing around, and I not knowing anything
about tho routes and not supposing there
wero going to be two: so I judged It best to go
back and map out the road and come again.
-.i I took a cab this time, but on my way up
i j3 etalrs at the hotel I romembered that I was out
M of cigars, so I thought it would be well to got
"" tome while the matter was In my mind. It
was only round the corner and I didn't need
i the cab. I asked tho cabman to wait where bo
I was. Thinking of tho telegram and trying to
word It In my hoad. I forgot tho cigars and tho
cab, and walkod on indefinitely. I was going
to hive the hotel people send the telegram, but
t as I oould not be far from tho Post Oflloe by
f this time. I thought I would do It myself. But
j . it was further than I had supposed. I found
the plaeo at last and wrote the telegram and
handed it in. The clerk was a severe-looking.
" fldgetr man. and he began to Are French ques-
f tions at me in such a liquid form that I oould
t not detect the joints between his words, and
Uils made me lose my head again. ButonEng-
II lishman stepped up and said the clerk wanted
l- to know where he was to sond the telegram. I
oould not tell him. because it was not my tele-1-
gram, and I explained that I was merely send-
Ing It for a member of my party. But nothing
( would pacify the clerk but the address: so I
,y said that it he was so partloular I would go
u back and get it,
r Howjver. I thought I would go and collect
is , those lacking two persons first, for it would
J: be best to do everything systematically and in
'JJ order, and one detail at a time. Then I re
membered the cab was eating up my sub-
sr stance down at the hotel yonder: so I called
' ) another cab and told the marl to go down and
hI . etch It to the Post Office and wait till I came.
e I had a long hot walk to collect those people.
50 and when I got there they couldn't como with
m me because they had heavy aatohols and must
t hive a cab. I went away to find one. but bo-
jjj fore I ran across any I noticed that I had
ii- reached the neighborhood of the Grand Quay
ie -at least I thought I had so I judged I could
to 1 uve time by stepping around and arranging
about the trunks. I stepped around about a
k- mile, and although I did not find the Grand
ad I Quay, I found a cigar shop, and remembered
tie I about the cigars. I said I was going to Bay-
"V I reuth.and wanted enough for tho journey,
to I Th man asked me which route I was going to
er take. I said I did not know. He said be would
ho recommend me to go by Zurich and various
he I other plaoes which ho named, and offered to
in- Mil me seven second-class through tlcketa for
nd $22 apiece, which would bo throwing off the
at discount which the railroads ollowed him. I
ma H wa already tlrod of riding second-class on
itt. Crst-class tlckots. so I took him up.
"to I By and by I found Natural iCoo storage
U oflloe, and told them to send soven of our
SX ' J18 to the hotel and pile them up in the
,or ?bb u eomod to mo that I was not de-
od uverlng the whole of the message, still it was
' 11 1 oould And in my head.
t!s Nsxt I found the bank and asked for some
as money, but I had left my letter of crodlt some-
t'Jg hw9 and was not able to drnw, I remem-
" i?r6d now tlmt l mU8t hBT8lK't 'ring on
I to ,ne table whero I wrote my telegram: so I got
"tV I cab nd drove to the Post Offlco and went up
IP ,"' and tllor sa,li thftt ,ettor oI cr8dlt nad
iwn ""oeod boon loft on the tablo. but that it was
jfto I f,owln the hands of the polioo authorities, and
?. "woulabonocessary'-formo to go thoro and
Ucy Wove proporty, Thoy sent a boy with me.
, nd wo wont out the back way and
yoa J!41"1 C0UPl of miles and found
foiu Plaeo; and then I remembered
i?jF ' """J' my bs. and asked the boy to
ui J?"1111""1! to me when he cot back to tho Post
' v Itwa8 n'Bt'tfaU now. and tho Mayor
Sfi onetn dlnnor. I thought I would goto
''? ' Snor """If. but the offlcor on duty thought
.oak 0UTerentrjandI stayod. Tho Mayor dropped
. ml 7 'J W8t ton' but M li wos t0 Ito to
i5- 'M nythlng to-nlght-oome at 0:30 In tho
,h? S0'111"15- Tho oltlcorwantod to keep moall
hftli lS U and SttIa l was a uspiclous.lookIng
IjeU "ersn-Rni Probably did not own tho lottor of
","' B Z and Uldn,t know wnat letter of credit
."tJ .,' lut"flv "uw tho roal owner leave It
wut M K0.n lll ,able- aad wanted to get it be-
ared uo I was probably a person that would
IS to M a.nt anything ho could get. whether it was
tJnit !u l00r not Bu' the Mayor said ho saw
iilO ' nothing busdIcIous about me. and that I
'fififr ' mi?,? ed '"nnless person and nothing the
W V 1 TZ WKl,h. r tbut a wandering mind, and
V I 2SJ lQh, ot that 8o l iha hl and he
uS .1 ab an x went home ,n mr "
Jfl I anA.LWnS d?B-tlr6d "d In no oondltlon to
'$ I Tf ... l dls.turb ,ho EPedltlon at that tlmo
""AT" M ,i ;, a" tl,erc was a vaca"t room I knew of
rthi I p .j m ' '0,roi U8 ft Wtttcl' '"" been t. tho ex-
I?'' .4 .'I P;'J"lot belnu anxious Bbout mo. I was
hi 1 tIr,anai1,lU.,?f,V,U,,Uon- "ePedltTo"
' I wl h ih u 1 rbl;1'' ",B " ,,mr cl,a'r ' a row.
wti I ' hU,V3,'""1 t,,1,"'" "llon.wtcholsand
ft 'I .11, ""' '"" ll' elass going down
r'un 1 t" L T; u 0Bd thor wwo waltlng-
U0rt ;1 U Usu inn , U """J tllt BrthllW
' tor iJS t ,,afP'y ntrlvod. and brilliant
?Rr M UnZe J? break t,,ls ,ro" font and
l.?her " lmelon "l r favor: so I shied my
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hat Into the arena and followed It with skip
nd n jump, shouting blithely:
"Fla. ho, hero wo nil aro, Mr. Morrymnnl"
Nothing could he doopor or stlllor than the
abaonco of npplauso which followed. Hut I
kopton: thore soomod no othor way, though
my obhAdonce, poor enough beforo, had got a
deadly check and was in effect gone.
I trlod to bo joouid out ot a heavy heart. I
trlod to touch tho other hearts thoro and soften
the blttor rosontment in those faces by throw
ing offbrlglit and airy fun and making of the
wholo ghastly thing a joyously humorous In
cident, but this Idea waB not woll oonoolved. It
was not tho right atmosphoro for It. I got not
ono amllofnotone lino In those offended faoes
rolnxod:I tlmwod nothing of the winter that
lobkod but ot those frosty oyos. I startod ono
more broozv, poor effort, hut tho head ot tho
Expedition cut Into tho contra ot It and said :
" Whoro havo you boon ? "
I saw by tlm mnnnor of this that the Idea
was to got down to cold business now. Bo I
begnn my travels but was cut short again.
" Whero aro tho two others 1 Wo havo boon
In frightful anxiety about thorn."
" Oh, thoy'ro all right I was to fetch a cab.
I will go straight off. and "
" Bit downl Don't you know It Is 11 o'clock?
Whoro did you lcavo thorn 1"
"AtthoponBlon."
" Why didn't you bring thorn ?"
"Bocauso wo couldn't carry the satohels.
And so I thought "
"Thought! You should not try to think.
Ono cannot think without tho proper machin
ery. , It 1b two miles to that pension. Did you
go tllore without a oab?"
"I woll I didn't intend to: It only happened
so."
" How did It happen so ?"
"Bocauso I was at the Post Office and I re
membered that I had left a cab watting here,
and so, to stop that expenso, I sent another cab
to to "
"To what?"
" Woll. I don't remember now. but I think the,
now cab was to have the hotol pay the old cab.
and send It away."
" What good would that do ?"
" What good would It do ? It would stop the
oxponso. wouldn't it?"
" By putting the new cab In Its plaoe to con
tinue tho exponas?"
I dfilii't say anything.
"Why didn't you have tht new cab oom
back for you ?"
"Oh. that is what I did. I remember now.
Tos. that is what I did. Because I reaolleot
that when I "
"Well. then, why didn't It come baok for
you?"
" To the Post Office ? Why, tt did."
"Tory well. thon. how did you come to walk
totho'penslon?"
"I I don't quite remember how that hap
pened. Oh. yes, I do remember now. I wrote
tho dospatch to send to the Netherlands,
and "
-Oh. thank goodness, you did accomplish
somothlngt I wouldn't have had you fall to
send what makes .you look like that I You
aro trying to avoid my eye. That despatohia
the most important thing that- You
haven't sent that despatoh I"
" I haven't said I didn't send It"
"You don't need to. Oh. dear. I wouldn't
have had that telegram fall for anything; Why
didn't you send It?"
"Well, you ace. with so many things to do
and think of. I they're very partloular there,
and after I hod written the telegram "
" Oh. nover mind, lot It go, explanations can't
help the matter now what will he think ot
us?"' --
"i)h,. that's all right that's all right hell
think we gave the telegram to the hotel people
and that they "
"Why. certainly I Why didn't you do that ?
There was no other rational way."
"Yos. I know, but then I had It on my mind
that I must be sure and get to the bank and
draw some monoy "
" Well, you are entitled to some credit otter
all. for thinking of that and I don't wish to be
too hard on you. though you must acknowl
edge yourself- that you have cost us all a good
deal ot trouble, and some ot It not necessary.
How much did you draw?"
" Well. I-I had on Idea thofc-that "
"That what?"
"That well. It seems torn that In the cir
cumstances so many ot us. you know, and
and "
"What ore you mooning about? Do turn
your faco this way and let me why, you havn't
drawn any money I"
"Well, the banker said "
"Never mind what the banker said. You
must uavohad a reason ot your own. Not a rea
son, exactly, but something which "
"Well. then, the simple fact was that I
hadn't my letter of crodlt"
"Hadn't your letter of credit?"
"Hadn't my lettor of credit"
"Don't ropeat me like that Where was It ?"
"At the Post Offlco."
" What was it doing there?"
" Well. I forgot it and loft It there."
"Upon my word. I've seen o good many
couriors, but of all the oouriors that ever I "
" I'vo done the best I could."
"Well, so you have, poor thing, and Pm
wrong, to abuse you so when you've boon
working yourself to death while we've been
sitting here 'only thinking ot onr vexations
Instead of fooling grateful for what you were
trying to do tor us. It will all oome out right
Wo can take tho 7:30 train In the morning Just
as well. You've bought tho tickets?"
"I havo and it's o bargain, too. Second
class."
" I'm glad of It Everybody else travels sec
ond class, and wo might just as well save that
ruinous extra charge. What did you pay?"
"Twenty-two dollars apiece through to
Bayrouth."
" Why. I didn't know you could buy through
tlokots anywhere but in London and Paris."
"Somo people can't maybe; but some peo
ple can ot whom I am one of which, it ap
pears." " It seems o rather high price."
" On the contrary. The dealer knocked off
bis commission."
"Doalor?"
" Yes I bought them at o cigar shop."
" That romlnds me. We shall have to get up
pretty early, and so thore should be no pack
ing to do. Your umbrella, your rubbers, your
cigars what Is the matter?"
" Hang it, I'vo loft the cigars ot the bonk."
".Tuet think of Itl Woll, your umbrella?"
- "I'll havo that all right There's no hurry
" What do you moan by that?
" Oh. that's all right; I'll take core of
"Whero is that umbrella?"
"It's just tho merest step It won't take
"Whore is it?"
Well. I think I left It at the cigar shop : but
any way "
"Take your feet out from undor that thing.
It's just as I expected 1 Where ore your rub
bors?" "They-well "
"Where are your rubber?"
"It's got so dry now well, everybody says
there's not going to be another drop of "
"Whero-ore-your rubbers ?"
" Well, you see well, it was this way. first
tht officer said "
"What officer?"
"Police offloer: but the Mayor, he "
.What Mayor?"
"Mayor of Geneva ; but I said "
" Walt What is the matter with you r
"Who. me? Nothing. They both tried to
persuade me to stay, and"
"Htay whero?"
"Well-thefaotls "
"Whoro Imvo you been? What's kept you
out till half pabt 10 ut night?"
"0, you boe, uftor I lost my lottorof credit
I "
" You nro boating around tho bush o good
doaL Now, answer tho question in just one
straightforward word. Whoro aro those rub
bers?" "They-well: they're in the county JaiL"
I started a placating smile, but It petrlBed.
LHsssssssH
The climate was unsuitable. Spending three
or four honrs In jail did not seem to the expe
dition humorous. Neither did It to me, ot bot
tom. I had to explain tho wholo thing, and ot
courso it camo out thon that we couldn't take
tho early train, because that would lcavo my
lettor ot oredlt In hook still. It did look as It
wo had all got to go to bod estranged and
unhappy, butbygood luck that was prevented.
Thoro happened to be montlon ot tho trunks,
and I was ablo to say I had attended to that
feature
"Thoro, you aro just as good and thoughtful
and painstaking and Intelligent as you can be,
and It's a ahamo to And so much fault with
you, and thoro shan't bo another word ot It
You'vo dono beautifully, admirably, and I'm
sorry I evor said ono ungrateful word to you."
This httdeepor than somoottho othor thing
and mado mo uncomfortable bocauso I wasn't
fooling as solid about that trunk orrandns I
wanted to. Thoro soomad eomohowto be n
defect about It somewhoro, though I couldn't
putmyAngoronltand didn't llko to stir tho
matter justnow. ltbolng latoand maybe well
enough to lot well enough alono.
Of course thero was musto In tho morning,
whonitwas found that wo couldn't loavo by
tho early train. ButI had no tlmo to watt: I
got only tho oponlng bars ot tho ovorturo. and
then startod out to got my lotter ot orodlt.
It soomod a good tlmo to look into tho trunk
buslnoss and rectify it It It noodod tt. and I
had a susptolon that It did. I was too late.
The conclorgo said ho had shlppod tho trunks
to Zurich tho ovonlng boforo. I askod htm
how ho could do that without exhibiting pas
sago ttckots.
" Not nocossnry in Switzerland. You pay for
your trunks and send thorn whoro you please.
Nothing goos froo but your hnnd baggago."
" How much did you pay onthom?"
" A hundred nnd forty francs."
" Twenty-eight dollars. Thcro's something
wrong about that trunk buslnoss. sure."
Noxt I met tho portor. Ho said:
" You have not slept woll. Is It not You have
the worn look. If you would llko a rourlor. a
good one has arrived last night and Is not on
gagndfor five days already, by tho name of
Ludl. We recommend him: dnss hetss, tho
Grande Hotel llomi Itlvago racommonds him."
I declined with coldness. My spirit was not
broken yet And I did not llko having my
condition takon notlco of In thts way. I was at
tho oounty jail by 0 o'clock, hoping that tho
Mayor might chancn to como boforo his regu
lar hour: but he didn't It was dull thore.
Every time I offered to touch anything, or look
at anything, or do anything, or refrain from
doing anything, the policeman said it was
"defendu." I thought I would practlsomy
Fronch on htm. but ho wouldn't have that
either. It Boomed to make htm particularly
bitter to hear his own tongue
The Mayor came at last and then there was
no trouble; for tho mlnuto ho had convened
tho Supreme Court which they always do
whonover thoro is valunblo proporty in dispute
and got evorything shlpBhapo and sontrloa
posted, and had prayor by tho chaplain, my
unsealod lottor was brought and opened, nnd
thoro wasn't anything in It but somo photo
graphs: because, as I remembered now, I had
takon out the lettor ot credit so as to make
room for the photographs, and had put tho
letter In my othor pockot which I proved to
everybody's satisfaction by fetching it out and
showing It with a good deal of exultation. So
thon the court looked atoach othor In a vacant
kind of way, and thon at me, and thon at oach
other again, and Anally lot mo go, but said it
was imprudont for mo to bo at largo, and
asked me what my profession was. I said I
was a courier. Thoy lifted up tholr eyes In a
ktnd of revoront way and said. " Du Uober
Got 1 1" and I said & word of courteous thanks
for their apparent admiration and hurried off
to the bank.
However, being a eourler was already mak
ing me a great stickler for order and system
and ono thing at a time and each thing in Its
own proper turn; so I passed by the bank and
branched off and started for the two lacking
membors of the expedition. A cab lazlod by
and I took It upon persuasion. I gained no
speed by this, but it was a reposeful turnout
and I liked roposetulness. The weok-long
jubilations over tho six hundredth anniver
sary of the birth ot Swiss liberty and the Sign
ing of the Compact was at flood tide, and all
the streets wero clothod in fluttering flags.
Tho horse and the driver had been drunk
three days and nights, and had known no stall
nor bed meantime. They lookod as I felt
dreamy and soody. But wo arrlvod in course
of time. I wont In and rang, and askod n
housemaid to rush out tho lacking members.
Sho said somothlng which I did not under
stand, and I returned to tho chariot Tho girl
had probably told mo that thoso pooplo did not
belong on her floor, and that it would bo
judicious for mo to go higher, and ring from
floor to floor till I found thorn; for in thoso
Swiss flats thore does not soom to be anyway
to And tho right family but to be patient and
guess your way along up. I calculated that I
must wait Attoen minutes, thoro being throo
details inseparable from an occasion of thla
sort: 1. put on hats and como down nnd climb
in; 2, roturn of one to get "my other glovo;"
3, presently, return of tho other one to fotch
"my Trench Verbs at a Glance" I would
muso during tho Afteon mlnutos and take it
easy.
A very still and blank Interval ensued, and
then I felt a hand on mr ehouldor and started.
Tholntrudorwos a policeman. I glancod up
and poroolvod that thoro was now sconory.
Thero was a good deal of a crowd, nnd they
had that ploasod and intorostod look which
such a crowd wears whon thoy soo that some
body is out ot luck. Tho horso was asleop,
and so was tho driver, and some boys had
hung them and me full of gaudy decorations
stolon from tho lnnumorablo banner poles. It
was a scandalous spectacle. The officer said :
" I'm sorry, but wo can't havo you sleeping
here all day."
I was wounded and said with dignity:
" I bog your pardon. I was not sleeping: I
was thinking."
" Woll. you can think if you want to, but
you've got to think to yourself: you disturb
the wholo neighborhood."
It was a poor joke, but It made the crowd
laugh. Isnoro at night sometlmos, but It is
not llkoly that I would do such a thing in tho
daytime and in such a place Tho ofllcor un
docorated us, and seemed sorry lor our f rlond
lessnoss, and really tried to bo humane, but
he said wo mustn't stop thero any longer or he
would have to charge us rent It was the law,
tie said, and he wont on to say In a sociable
way that I was looking pretty mouldy, and ho
wished he knew
I shut him off pretty austerely, and sold I
hoped one might oelebrate o little these days,
especially when one was personally con
cerned. " Porsonally ?" he asked. " How ?"
"Because 000 years ago an ancestor ot mine
signed the compact"
He reflected a moment then looked me over
and said:
"Ancestor! It's my opinion you signed It
yourself. For ot all the old ancient relics that
evor I but never mind about that What is it
you are watting here for so long 1"
I said:
"I'm not waiting hers so long atalL I'm
wotting fifteen minutes till they forget a glove
and o book and go book and get them." Then
I told him who they were that I had oome for.
He was very obliging, and began to shout in
quiries to the tiers ot heads and shoulders pro
jecting from the windows above us. Thon a
woman away up there sung out:
" Oh, they ? Why I got them a cab and they
left hero long ago half-past 8,1 should say,"
It was annoying. I glancod at my watch,
but didn't say anything. Tho ofllcor said:
"It is a quarter ot 12, you see You should
Imvo inquired bettor. You havo bcon asleep
throe-quartors ot an hour, and in such a sun
as this. You are bakod baked black. It Is
wonderful. And you will miss your train, per
haps. You Interest me greatly. What is your
occupation ?"
I sold I u courier. It ssimtd totua
htm, and before he could como to we woro
gone
Whon I arrived In the third story ot the hotel
I found our auartors vacant I was not sur
prised. The momenta courier takes his oys
oft his tribe thoy go shopping. Thonoarortt
Is to train tlmo tho suror they aro to go. I sat
down to try and think out what I had best do
noxt but presently tho hall boy found me
there, and Bold tho oxpodltloa had gone to tho
station half an hour boforo. It was the first
tlmo I had known thorn to do a rational thing,
and It was vory confusing. This Is onoot tho
things that mako a courior's llfo so dlffioult
and uncertain. Just as matters aro going tho
smoothest his pooplo will strike a lucid inter
val, and down go all his arrangements to
wreck and ruin.
Tho train was to loavo nt 12 noon share It
wns now ten mlnutos nttor 12. I could bo at
tho station In ten minutes. I saw I had no
groat nmount ot leeway, tor this wai tho light
ning expross, and on tho Contlnont tho light
ning expresses nro pretty fastidious about
getting away somo tlmo during tho ndvertlsod
day. My pooplo woro tho only ones rnmnlnlng
In tho waiting room; ovorybody olso hnd
passed through and " mounted tho train." as
thoy Bay in thoso rogions. Thoy woro exhaust
ed with norvousnoss and fret but I comforted
thorn and heartened thorn up, and wo made
our rush.
But no; wo wore out of luck again. Tho
doorkeopor was not satisflod with tho tlckots.
Ho examlnod thorn cautiously, dellboratvlv,
suspiciously; thon glared at mo awhilo. and
alter that ho callod anothor official. Tho two ex
amlnod tho tickets and cnllod anothor official.
These callod othors. nnd tho convention dis
cussed and dtscusscd.and goptlcutated nnd car
ried on until I bcggodthattlioy would consider
how tlmo wns (lying, and just pass a tow reso
lutions nnd let us go. Thon thoy said very
courteously that thoro wns a dofoct in tho
tickets, and asked mo whoro I got thorn.
I judgod I saw what tho trouble was, now.
You soo, I had bought the tlckots in a clgur
shop, and ot course tho tobacco smell wits on
thorn: without doubt tho thing thoy were up
to was to work tho tlckots through tho Custom
Housoand to collect duty on that smoll. So I
resolved to bo porfoctly frank: tt Is sometlmos
tho best way. I said:
"Gcutlomon, I will not dccclvo you. These
railway tlckots "
"Ah. pardon, monsieur! Those are not rail
way tickets."
"Oh." I said, "is that tho defect ?"
"Ah. truly yes. monsieur. Thoso are lottery
tickets, yes; and it is a lottory which has boon
drawn two yoars age"
I affected to be greatly amused: It Is all ono
can do In such clrcumstnncos: It Ih all ono can
do. and yet thoro Is no vnluo In It; It deceives
nobody, and you can see that everybody
around pitlos you and is ashamod ot you. Ono
of tho hardost situations in fife. I think. Is to
be full ot grief and a sonse ot dofoat and shab
btness that way. nnd yet havo to put on nn
outeldo of orehnoss and gaioty. whllo nil tho
tlmo you know that your own expedition, tho
treasures of your heart, nnd whoso lovo nnd
rovoronco you nro by tho custom of our civil
ization entitled to, are being consumed with
humiliation boforo strangors to see you earn
ing and gotting a compassion, which Is n
ottgmn, a brand a brand which corttllos you
to bo oh, anything nnd everything which Is
fatal to human respect
Isnldcheorllr.lt was all right just ono of
those little- accidonts thnt was likely to happen
to nnybody I would havo tho right tickets In
two mlnutos, and we would catch tho train yot
and. moroovor, havo somothlng to laugh about
all through tho journoy. I did got tho tlckots
in time, all stamped and complete, but thon it
turned out that I couldn't tako them, because
in taking so much pains about the two miss
ing membors, I had skipped tho bank and
hadn't the monoy. So thon the train left and
thoro didn't soom to bo anything to do but go
back to the hotel, which wo did: but it was
kind of melancholy nnd not much said. I trlod
tostartafewsubiocts, like scenery and tran
substanttation. and those sorts of things, but
they didn't seem to hit the weather right
We had lost our good rooms, but wo got some
othors which wero pretty scattering, but would
answer. I judgod things would brighten now,
but tho noad of tho Expedition said "Sond up
tho trunks." It mado mo feel protty cold. Thoro
was a doubtful somothlng about that trunk
business. I was almost sure of It I was go
ing to suggest
But a wavo of thohand sufficiently restrained
mo. and I was informed thnt wo would now
camp for throo duyB and seo it wo could
rost up.
I said all right never mind ringing; I would
go down and attend to tho trunks mysolf. I
got a cab and wont straight to Mr. Charles
Natural's place, and askod what ordor it was I
had left thoro.
" To sond seven trunks to tho hotol."
" And wero you to bring any back ?"
"No."
"You are euro I didn't tell you to bring
back soven that would bo found piled in tho
lobby?"
"Absolutely sure you didn't"
" Then tho wholo f ourtoon nro gono to Zurich
or Jericho or somowhero, and thoro is going to
bo moro debris around that hotol whon tho
Expedition "
I didn't finish, bocauso my mind was gottlng
to bo in a good deal of a whirl, and whou you
aro that wny you think you have flnishod a
sontonco when you havon't and you go moon
ing and dreaming away, and the first thing
you know you gut run over by a dray or a cow
or somothlng.
I left tho cab thero I forgot It nnd on my
way back I thought Halt out and concluded to
resign, bocauso otherwise I should bo nearly
suro to bo discharged. But I didn't bollovo it
would bo a good Idea to resign in person; I
could do It by message Ho I sent for Mr. Ludl
and explained that thero was a courier going
to resign on account of incompatibility or fa
tiguo or something, and as ho had four or fivo
vacant days, I would like to Insort him into
that vacancy If ho thought lie could fill it
When everything was arranged I got him to
go up and say to tho Exnodltlon that, owing to
an orror mado by Mr. Natural's pooplo. wo wore
out of trunks horo. but would havo plonty In
Zurich, and wo'd hotter tako tho first train,
freight, gravel, or construction, and move
right along.
Ho attended to that and came down with an
Invitation for me to go up yos, certainly; and.
whllo wo walkod along over to tho bank to get
monoy, and collect my olgars and tobacco, and
to the cigar shop to trado back tho lottery
tickets and get my umbrella, and to Mr. Natu
ral's to pay that cab and sond It away, and to
the county jail to get my rubbers and leave p.
p. e. cards for tho Mayor and Suprome Court
lie described the weather to me that was pre
vailing on tho uppor levels thero with the Ex
pedition, and I saw that I was doing vory
well whero I was,
I stayed out In tho woods till 4 P, if., to lot
tho weather moderate, and thon turned up at
tho station just In time to tako tho 3 o'clock
express for Zurich along with the Expedition,
nowlu tho hands ot Ludl. who conducted its
complex affairs with llttlo apparent effort or
Inconvonlonce,
Well, I had worked like a slave while I was
In office, and done the very beat I knew how;
yet all that these people dwelt upon or seemed
to oaro to remember was the defects of my ad
ministration, not Its credltablo features. Thoy
would skip overathousand creditable features
toromarkupoa and reiterate and fuss about
just one fact till it seemed to mo they would
woaritout; and not much ot a fact, either,
taken by itself tho fact that I elocted myself
courier in Genova. and put in work enough to
carry a circus to Jerusalem, and yot noor
even got my gang out of tho town. I finally satd
I didn't wish to hear any morn about tho sub
joct, it made me tlrod. And 1 told them to
their faces that I would novor bo a courier
ngaln to save anybody's life. And It I live long
enough I'll provo It 1 think it's a difficult
brain racking, ovorworkod. and thoroughly
ungrateful otlloe. and the main bulk ot its
wages ii a sort heart and a bruised spirit
lOuZwoat.
TlQUAlilWOFlH
A Story of Contemporary
American Life.
By WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS.
(Copyrlf tit, 1881, by W. D. UowttU.)
HCCOND PART.
CHAPTEIl VIII.
Adclme wn In a flutter of voluble foreboding
till Elbrldgo enmo back. Shu nsked Suzetto
whether sho bultovml tholr father would get
awivy; sho said sho know that Elbrldgo would
miss tho train with that slow old maro, and
tholr father would bo nrrosted. Weak as alio
was from tho sick bed sho hnd loft to wolcomo
lilin, sho dressod herself carofully, so as to bo
roady for tho worst: sho was going to jail with
him It thoy brought him back: sho had mado
up hor mind to that From tlmo to tlmo
Bhe wont out and lookod up tho road
to seo If Elbrldgo was coming back alone, or
whether tho ofhVors wero bringing hor father:
sho oxpoctod thoy would bring him first to his
family. Sho did not know why. Burette trlod
tokoop her Indoors: to mako hor Ho down.
Sho refused, with wild upbraldlngs. 8ho de
clared that Suzetto hud novor cared anything
for hor fathor: sho had wanted to glvo tholr
mother's property away to plcaso the Hilarys:
nnd now that sho was going to marry Matt
Hilary, sho wns porfoctly IndllToront to every
thing else Sho asked Buzotte what had como
over hor.
Elbrldgo drove first to tho stablo and put up
his horse when ho caino back. Thon ho walked
to tho lodgn to report
"Is ha siifo? Did ho got away? Whoro Is
ho?" Adeline shrieked at hlui beforo ho
could get a word out.
"Ho's all right. Miss Northwick." Elbrldgo
answered, soothingly. "Ho's on his wny back
to C'nnadv ngnln."
"TlioiiI'vodrlvon him away I" sho lamented.
"I'vo hunted him out of his home and I shall
nover soo him any moro. Sndforhlm! Pond
forhlml ltiinghlin back.ltellyoul Go right
straight nttor him and tell him I bald to eomo
back I What nro you standing thoro for?"
Sho fell fainting. Elbrldgo holpod Suzetto
carry hor up stairs to hor bed nnd then ran to
get his wlfo to stay with thorn whllo ho went
for tho doctor.
Mntt Hilary hnd boon spending tho night at
tho rectory with Wade, and ho walked out to
tako loavo pf Burette onco moro beforo ho went
home Ho found tho doctor just driving
nwny. "Miss Xorthwlck scorns not so woll."
said tho doctor. "I'm voiy glad you happen
to be hore.on all accounts. I shall como again
later In the day."
Matt turned from tho shadow of mystery the
doctor's mnnnor left, nnd knocked ut tho door.
It wns opened by Suzetto almost beforo ho
touched It.
"Como In." sho said. In a low voice, whose
quality tended him from her almost as much
as thu conditional look shogavo htm. Tho ex
cited liuhblo of tho slek woman overhead
mlxodwith Mrs. Newton's nasal attempts to
qulot her. broko in upon their talk.
"Mr. Hilary." said Suzetto, formally, "nro
you willing my father should como baok, no
matter what happens?"
" If ho wishes to como back. Youknowwhat
-I havo always said."
"And you would not caro If thoy put him in
prison i"
. "I should care very much."
"You would bo ashamed of me I"
"No! Never! What has It to do with you?"
"Then." she pursued, "ho has come back.
Holms been hore." Sho flashed all tlio fact
upon him in vivid, ranld phrases, and ho lis
tened with an intolllgont silence thnt stayod
and comforted hor as no words could havo
done Beforo sho had flnishod his arms were
round hor. and sho felt how Inalienably faith
ful ho was. "And now Adolino Is raving to
havo him como bark again, and stay. She
thinks sho drove him away: sho will dlo If
something can't bo done. She says sho would
not let hlra stay because bocauso you would
bo ashamed of us. She says I would be
ashamod "
"Suzetto! Suo!" Adeline callod down from
tho clinmbor above, "don't you lot Mr. Hilary
go boforo I get there. I want to speakio him."
And whllo thoy stared holplssly ut each othor
thoy heard her spying to 3Irs. Newton. "Yos. I
shall, too! I'm perfectly rested now. nnd I
shall ko down. I should think I Know howl
felt. I don't caro what tho doctor stiid; nnd If
you try to stop mo " Sho camo clnttorlng
down tho stairs in tho boots which bho had
pulled loosoly on. nnd ns soon as sho showed
her excited fncoat tho door sho began: "I'vo
thought out a plan, Mr. Hilary, nnd I wnnt you
should go nnd seo Mr. Putnoy about It. You
ask him if it won't do. They can get father let
out on bnll when ho comes buck, nnd I can bo
his bail, nnd then, when thorn's a trial, thoy
enn tako mo lnstend of him. It won't mnttor to
the court which thoy havo. as long as thoy have
somebody. Now. you go nnd ask Mr. Putney.
Iknowho'll say so. for ho's thought just ns I
havo about fathor's caso all along. Will you
go?"
" Will tou go up and IIo down again. Ado
lino. If Mr. Hilary will go?" Suzetto asked,
liko ono dealing with a capricious child,
" What do you all want mo to lio down for ?"
Adeline turned upon hor. "I'm porfoctly woll.
And do you suppose I can rost, with such a
thing on my mind? If you wnnt mo to rest
you'd bottor let him go and find out what Mr.
Putnoysays. I think wo'd bottor all go to
Canada and bring fnthor bnok with us. He
isn't At to travel alono or with strnngors. He
needs somo ono that understands his ways,
and I'm going to him just as soon ns Mr. Put
ney approves of my plan, and I know he will.
But I don't want Mr. Hilary to loso any tlmo
now. I want to bo In Quoboo about as soon as
fathor Is. Will you go?"
"Yos, Miss Northwick." said Matt taking
hor tremulous hand. "I'll go to Mr, Putnoy,
and I'll soo my fathor again, and whatever can
bo dono to sovo your fathor any further suffer
ing, or yoursolf "
"I don't caro tor myself," sho said, plucking
hor hand away. "I'm young and strong, and
I can bear it But it's fathor I'm so anxious
about."
Sho began to cry, and at a look from Burette
Matt left thorn. As he walkod along up toward
the village la mechanical compllanco with
Adeline's crazy wish, ho folt more and moro
tho deeponlng tragody of tho case, and tho In
adequacy of all tho conventional palliatives.
Thoro Boomed indeod but ono remedy for tho
trouble and that was for Northwick to sur
render hlmsolf, nnd for them all tomoettlie
consoquonces togotbor. Ho realized how dos
poratoly homesick tho man must havo been
to take tho risks he had run in stealing
back for a look upon the places and the faces
so dear to him ; his heart was heavy with pity
for him. Ono might call him coward and
egotist all ono would; at the end remained the
fact of a love which, If It could not endure
heroically, was still o deep and strong affeo
tlon, doubtless the deepest and strongest
thing In the man's weak ond shallow nature
It might be his truest inspiration, and If it
prompted htm to venture everything, and to
abide by whatever might befall him, for the
sako of bolng near those he loved, and enjoy
ing the convict's wretchod privilege of look
ing on them now and thon, who should gain
say him?
Mutt took Wado In on his way to Putney's
office, to lay the question boforo him, and he
answered it for him In tho same breath:
"Certainly no ono lens deeply ooncornod than
tho man's own flesh and blood could forbid
him."
"I'm not suro." said Wade "that even his
own flesh ond blood would hove o supremo
right there. It my bo that lovo. and not
uty. U tht bjfhet thing la Ut. Oh, I kaow
how wo reason it oway. ond say that true loro
ts unsotflsh nnd can find its fruition In the
very sacriflco of our Impulsoii ond wo ore
fond of calling our Impulses blind, but Ood
alono knows whothor thoy nro bltnd. Tho
reasoned sacrifice may satisfy tho higher
soul, but what about tho slmpto and primltlvo
natures whloh It won't satisfy ?"
For answer. Matt told how Northwick had
como back, at tho risk of arrest for an hour
with his children, and wan found In tho empty
house that had been their home, and brought
to thorn ; how ho had besought thorn to let him
stay, but thoy had driven him back to his
oxtle. Matt explained how ho was on his way
totho lawyer, at Adollno's frantic demand, to
go all over the caso again, and soo If somo
thlng could not bo dono to bring Notthwlck
safely home. Ho had himself no hopo of find
ing nny loophole In tho law, through which
tho fugitive could como nnd go; It ho returnod,
Matt felt suro that ho would bo arrested nnd
convicted, but ho was not suro that this might
not be the best thing for all. " You know," ho
said, " I'vo always bolloved that It ho could
voluntarily submit hlmBolf to tho ponnllyof
his oftonce, tho penalty would bo tho groatest
blessing for him on earth; tho only blessing
for his rulnod llfo."
"Yos." Wndo answorcd, "wo havo always
thought altko about that and perhaps this tor
ment ot longing for his homo and children
mav be tho divine moans of loading him to no
copt the only mercy posslblo with God for bucIi
a sufferer. If thoro woro no ono but him con
cerned, wo could not hesitate In urging him to
roturn. But tho Innocontwho must enduro
tho shame of his penalty with him "
"Thny ore roady for that Would tt bnworso
thon what thoy have leurnod to endure?"
" Perhaps not. But I was not thinking or his
ohtfdron nlone You, yourself. Matt: your
family "
Mntt throw up his arms Impatiently, nnd
mado for tho door. 'jThero's no question of
me And If thoy could not onduro tholr por
tion tho moro nnnnyanco of knowing tho
slight for thorn In the minds of vulgar pooplo
1 should bo ashamed of tliom."
" Woll. you aio rlgvU. Mntt." said his friend.
"God bless you mid guldo you!" mlded tho
pilcst.
The lnwyorlind not yet enmo to hl office, nnd
Mutt went to find him at his Iioujo. Putnoy
hnd just finished his iro.iWa-t, and they met
at bis gate, unil ho turned back indoors with
Mutt. " Well. ou know what's happened. I
seo," ho said, after tho flrat ghvico ntMatl's
fnre
"Yes. I know: ami now whntcin bo dono?
Aro uu suro wo'vo considered evei y mint ?
Isn't thero some eluinco "
Putnoy shook his bond, nnd thon lilt off a
pleeo of tobneco boforo ho began to talk. " I'vo
been oor tho wholo caso in my mind this
morning, nnd I'm perfectly cortnln there Isn't
tho shadow of n chance ol his escaping trial If
ho gives himself up. That's what you mean. I
suppose''"
" Y.-s: that's what I mean," snld Matt, with a
curtain disappointment. Ho supposed ho hud
norvod himself for tho worst, but ho found ho
hnd boon willing to accept something short
of It
"Attlmos I'm almost sorry ho got off." said
Putnoy. "If wo could havo l-opt him nnd sur
rendered him to tho law. I Imliovo wo could
havo stavodoff tho trial, though wo couldn't
havo provciitcd it. and I bollovo wo could hnvn
kept him out of State prison on tho ground of
liiRnnlty." Mntt started Impatiently. "Oh, I
don't mean that It could ho shown that ho was
of unsound mind when he used tho company's
funds andtampered with their books, though
I havo my own opinion about that. But I fool
euro tliut ho's of unsound mind at prosent.nnd
I bollovo wo coulit show it so clearly In court
thattho prosnautlon would Hnd It Impossible
to convict Wo could have him sent to tho In
sane asylum, nnd that would be a credltablo
exit from th'o affair in the public oyo: it would
havo a rotroacttvo effect that would popularly
acquit htm of the charges against hi in."
Putnoy could not forego a mischievous on
joymentof Matt's obvious discomfort ot this
suggestion. His floreo ores blazed: hut ho
added sorlously. "Why shouldn't ho have tho
advantage of tho truth, if that Is tho truth
about him? And I bollovo it is. I think it could
bo honestly and satisfactorily provod from his
history, ovor slncotho defalcation camo out
thnt his reason Is affected. His whole conduct
so far as I know It. shows It; and I should liko
a chanco to argue tho case in court And I
fool pretty euro I shall yet. I'm just ns cortnln
as I sit hero that he will eomo back again. Ho
enn'tkeepnway; nnilnnothertlino he may not
fall into tho hands ot frlt.ncls. It will be a good
whllo boforo any rumor of last night's visit
gets out: but it will got nut nt last and thon
tho detectives will boon tho witch for him.
Perhaps it will bo just ns well for us If ho fulls
Into their hands. If wo produced him In
court It might bo morn difficult to work tho
plenof insnnlty. Hut I do think tho mnn's in
sane, and I should go Into the caso with a full
nnd thorough persuasion on flint point. Did
he tell thorn whnro to find him in Canada?"
" Ho promised to let them know."
"I doubt If ho does." said Putney. "Ho
raennsto try to eomo bac)c ngnin Tlin,soerocy
ho's kept ns to his whereabouts tho perfectly
needless and motiveless; secrecy, as far ns his
children nro concornud would bo a strong
point In favor of tlio theory of Insanity. Yes.
sir: I believe tho thing could bo dune; nnd I
should liko to do it. If tho pressmo of our llfo
producos Insanity of tho homicidal nnd sui
cidal typo, there's no reason why it shouldn't
prudnco Insnnlty of tho defalcation!!! typo.
Tho conditions tend to produce It in u propor
tion that Is simply Incalculable, and I think
It's tlmo tliut juilsprudonco recognized the
fact of such a mental disouso. say. as dcfalco
mania. If tho light for monoy and material
success goes on, with tho opportunities that
tho accumulation of vast sums in a few hands
ufford, what is to bo tho ond ?"
Matt had no honrt for tho question of meta
physics or of oconomlcs. whichever It was, that
would havo attracted htm In anothor mood.
Ho wont back to Susutte and addrossed him
self with hor to tho task ot quieting hor sister.
Adolino would bo satisfied with nothing less
than the assurance that Putney ngrood with
hor that hor fathor would be acquitted if ho
marclycame back and gave hlmsolf up; sho
hud changod to this notion iu Matt's absonco,
nnd with the montal reservation which ho per
mitted hlmsolf ho was ablo to glvo tho assur
nnooHho askod. Thon nt last sho consented to
go to bed and wait for tho doctor's coming bo
foro sho begnn hor preparations for joining
her fathor In Canada. Sho did not relinquish
that purpose : she felt sure that he nover could
get homo without her; and Suzetto must
come, too.
CHAPTER IX.
Tho fourth morning whon Pinney went down
Into tho hotel offico at Quoboo. altera trying
night with his sick child and its anxious
mother, he found Northwick sitting thore He
seemed to Plnnoy a part of the troublod dream
ho had waked from.
"Woll, where under tho sun, moon, and stars
havo you been?" he demanded, taking tho
chance that this phantasm might be flesh ond
blood.
A gleam ot gratified slyness lit up the hog
gardness of Northwick' s face "I've been ot
home-at Hatboro'."
"Come off!" said Pinney, astounded outot
the last remnant o( deteronoe he had tried to
keep for Northwick. He stood looking Incred
ulously at'hlm n moment "Come in to break
fast and toll mo about it Itl could only have
it for a scoop "
Northwick ate with wolfish greed, and as the
victuals rcfrcshod and fortified htm ho came
out with his story, slowly, bit by bit Tlnnoy
listened with muto admiration. "Woll, sir,"
hoHald. "It's tho biggest thing I evor heard
of." But his fucu darkened. "I suppose you
know it loaves mo out In tho cold. I camo up
horo." he explained, "as the agent of your
friends, to And )ou. audi did find you. But if
you've gone and given tho whole Alng away I
oan't ask anything tor my ssrvloes."
Northwlok Mtmod Intorostod. ond evsn
toachtd. brtfeo korooolp no hod wwk4 to
p a .bbbbbbbbbbbbbi
Pinner, " They don't know where I am BOwVIkH
ho suggested. !t!9BI
"Aro you willing I should take charge of tbtsHH
ease from this on?" asked Plnnoy. k
"Yes. Only don't leave me," satd North- 9
wick, with tromnloiiB dependence fll
"You may bo suro I won't lot mt out of mr
sight again," suld Plnnoy, lletookntclegroph- V
Ic blank from his breast pocket nnd addressed 3H
it to Matt Hilary: "Our frlond hero all right B
with mo at Murdook's Hotol." He counted tho JH
words to soo that thero wero no more thaa H
ton; thou ho called a waiter nnd sont thede- H
s patch to tho office "Tclt 'om to pay it. and H
set It down ngnlnst me Tell 'em to rush it" H
Pinner showed himself only less devoted to B
Northwick than to his own wlfo nnd child. His
walks and talks wero nil with him: and as tho HHH
baby got better ho gave himself moro ond BBH
more to tho Intimacy established with him:
and Northwick seemed to grow more and mora HBH
reliant on l'lnnet's filial cares. Mrs. Pinner BBH
shared these, as far ns tho baby would pormltjf HBH
and she nurl tho silent refugee nt home wiUa BBB
her. Bho had her opinion ot his daughters HBV
who did not eomo to him. now that thoy knew; HBH
wherelio wis: but sho concealed It from him. H
and holpod him answer Suzotto's letters when, H
he snld he wns not feeling quite well onoughto H
wrlto hlmsolf. Adolino did not write: Susettoti
alwavHsald she wnsnotqulto well, but was get)
ting better. Then in ono of Huzotte's lcttersQ
there entne a tardy confession that Adolino H
witsc mllnctl to her bed. She was tormented H
w,th Ihe thought of IrivhiL' driven him a way. J
nnl Huzolti) snld she uNlicd lnr to wrlto and,
tell him to pomn back or t' let them oome to H
him Sho nsked him to express sumo wish in. B
t lut mn'ter, so thnt she eon Id show his nnswer B
toAi'ellne. Suzetto wrote tint Jlr. Hilary had BBS
come over from hi fnini. nnl win staying at
Klhii'lga Newton's. tobiicnnlintly with them.. HHH
and, In fact. Mntt was with tit ui when Adolino HHH
suddenly died: thoy had nut t'lmniht hor dan- HBH
ceroiislv sieK till the very iln-nt hordoath. HBB
when she begil in sink rapHU. HHH
In tho b'ltrr that hi uig'it tit - news. Suzotta !
said tint if they hid dii-vn d of present
dancer they would hivos.it t tholr father BVH
tnoonin h.i"k at n iv ha' ii'il .i I xlp lamented HBH
that they ha I all ln'i'ti sit l.'lnd The Nowtons BBH
would stnv with her Mil "h i 1 join him in
(Jtlt'hec: -, if It iv !iii in r ! irn. sho and HBH
M'itt worn bitli nf the shim tmnd about It
T.iev went ic.i'ly f ..n ihhm : but Mntt folt
tlmt heciusht !o k i ov fin"- 'us nn hopoof Ills HHH
(Wiiping nl'i I If 'ii nt 1 1 : and thnt ho ' HAS
"ir lit to b l"It in'i I i ! to decide. ' !
Adrl.no w nild he l.iM h-tlde ii w mother. :'HBH
The idd itinii linl.i hit mi fi- bin whimper no
M . Pin in", tead lilin tin1 la-, nl-, l'innoy.
wnlkiiu o tlv up an I down with the baby In
hlsainiM. whlmpi'ul too.
liellnvii he could hog .tniTIf . in went back." HHfl
he s'lid to his wife in a 1 uts of sympathy HBfl
when Northwick Ii ul taken tils letter away to HBH
Tlio belief, genonus In Itsdf. ho-sn to mix
with sulMntiTi-st In I'liincy'x sunt. Ho con- HBH
sclent iotisl y forbore to urge I, fihwick tore HHfl
turn, bill ht coul 1 nut heip iniiii'iiylnc the) !
flilturiugpiissllillltiesoi'siteli .nmurso. llctoro
thcyimrtul for 1'iiincv m.'n rotuin, ho con- HBfl
tided his ambition for tint futui tn Northwick.
nnd ns ilidicntelyushoi-nukt he suggested that HHl
If Northwick ever did make up his mind to go HBfl
back he could not find a iimm interested nnd HB
nttnntivo travelling comp.mi i. Northwick HHl
seemed to t.iku tlio 'Uht lew of tlio matter. HHl
tho business view, and Piii'tei tinuht hq had HHfl
nrrnnirod a difficult p dut wiln ;re ittnct; but HBl
ho moles'ly eoneeilod his s;i"'j;s from his HHfl
wife. They both took lcavo nf "i oxllo witli
nfToction. and Mis. 1'iunny put r arms round Hfl
hlsneek ind kissed him; linp-jinl.nd hor that HBl
ho would tuko ccmiI eaionf hi :is -If lnhorab- HHl
sonce. Plnnoy put n buslnes a 'dross In his
hand .it tho list moment. HHJ
Northwick soemed to have got hack soma-
thing f Ids moral torco after these poople. HBJ
who I ml so strangely become Ills frionds, left '
him t his own resources. One moro he be- HBf
gnntndrctin nf employing the monoy ho bad ' HBJ
with him for mnklug more, n-nl paying back . HBJ
tho Pnnkwnsset company's forced loane H HBJ
positively forbade Suetto's c mlng to him. ao ' HB
sho proposed, after Adollno's f.itvrnL Hotel-,, BBJ
cgrnphed tn prevent hor u'uloi taking tho j
journey, nnd ho wrote, snyluv i wished to be ' HHJ
nlono for a while, and toth-e'd f -himself the HHl
question of bis fate. !! up? jvcl of Matt's '
wish thnt they should bi married at HB
nni'o. nnd hit roplle I to M i't with a I BB
lottor decently nb-rvint nf t'l.i pocullar HHj
niroumst.ini'or,. roengnlzin t'i . Ouctanca BBJ
his fntner.ind nmtli"r ml :h' w i, ' I, nnd ox- .. BbJ
pleasing th" h"p.t tint he vn -n-tin? with HHl
tlieir full nnd fio-rttisent. II' b'ttur could ' BHj
havo been pmlufd In c mi ; ll w mid havo I BBj
told hoivily against l'lit'iny' i ' i-y nf a do I B
fon co on th i: nun I ol in-u'i It was so BVJ
clear, and just, ijnd iv.isnnii'tli" Miugli por- Hj
Imps an evport might hnvu ro- v;'i t1 -i men- 9BJ
tnl obliquity In Its nfll -mutton of N'orthwlck's BBJ
belief that Mitt's father wo il I eomo to BBj
seo hlseiiidiii't In its trim lig:r t I tt roirard 9jD
him astln vii'tim of eircumstn - which he
A-noni; the fi lends or the Itl' t there was VH
misgiving on tiiis jiiliit nf the1' M.-inival of Pfl
Matt's man l.igo. Somo nf tliein t uht that HjH
tho pit. Mils' bunds lud bom ' -I In tho IHH
blessing they :mvh II. Obi ". -a Ii-hI ('trey H
exprossod n g'ln'r.i! f-eling t ll'lary with
soiilbt frabl.ii"ss: H
" Milan, ion seem t haio dlss'ipoiiitod ths B
expectation of tlio nduilie-s of y i ir iron firm- M
ness. I tell 'em that's whnt you l.-ep for your M
enemies, l'.ut they seem to ttilr.k that in t
Mutt's ease ynu oug.it to have ln'ou moro of a aM
ltonian bither." Hk
"I'm just going tn become one," snld Hilary. sH
with the good tempar proper to tnnt moment M
of tho dinner. "Mrs. Hilary and l.oulsu are H
taking me over to Home forthe winter." M
"Ynu don't say so, sou don't say!" said M
Corey, "I wish my family wo.ild take me H
Boston is gradually making mi old man of mo. M
I'm afraid It will end by killing me." H
CHAPTEIl X. fl
Northwick. nftor tlio Piuneys wont homo. H
lapsed into n solitude relioved only by tho H
dally Iettors that Kuzotto sent him. He shrank H
from tho offers of friendly kindness on tho part H
of pooplo at tlio hotel, who pitied his lonell- - H
nos.s. and ho began to live in ii dream ot his ' H
homo again. Ho had rolinquislicd that no- 1 H
tlon ot attempting u now business life which I H
had briefly revived in his mind; tlio Bams i H
causes that hnd oporatod ngnlnst it in tho bo- i H
ginning Controlled and dofouted It now. Hi
folt himself too old to bogln llfo over; his oner- B
gles wero spoilt Such as ho had been, ho had H
mado himself very slowly and cautiously, In ' HI
familiar conditions ; ho hnd novor boon a man of BJ
business dash, and ho could not pick hlmtolf up H
and launch hlmsolf In a now career, as a man H
of dlfferont mako might havo done, oven at hlo '' H
ago. Perhaps thoro had boen soma lesion of JBJ
the will In that foverofhlsatlia! Hal Bay.whlcU IH
disabled him from forming any distinct pur- t fH
pose, or from trying to carry out any such I'lJ
purpose as ho did form. Porlinps he was, in jfj
his helplessness, merely ot that rofugee type ifl
which exile moulds men to: a thing ot memo- jtifl
rios and hopes, without dellnlte aims or piano. V
As tho days -passed ho dwelt In an outward fl
inertness, while his dreams and longings in- aH
cessantly rehabilitated the homo whose deso- Cfl
latlon he hud soen with his own eyes. It
would be better to go back and suffer the sen- U
tence of the law, and then go to live again In M
the plaeo which, in spite of his senxs, be H
could only Imagine clothed tn the comfort ond
state that had boon stripped from it El- H
bridge's talk, on the way to Wost Hatboro'. M
about the salo and what had become of the H
horsos and cattle and tho plants, went for no
moro than tho evldonco of his own eyes that
thoy wero all gone. Ho did not roallzo, except 9
in tho shocks that the fact Imparted at tlraM, ' H
that death as wjII us disaster lmd Invaded his
home. Adolino vwih, for tlio most part still ll
alive; iu his fond reveries sho was present , II
and part of that home as sho hod always boon. .' II
Ho began to flutter hlmsolf that It ho went II
baok ho could contrive that compromise with II
tho court which his friends had foiled to brine 9)1
obout; he persuoded himself that If It oaM to frl
o trial be oould effor oTldaneo tnatwomlarV Ul

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