A team of the townspeople was standing on the terminal siding of a little Kansas town, awaiting the coming of the night train, which was already twenty minutes overdue. The snow had actually fallen thick end everything; in the pale starlight the heat of bluffs throughout the wide, white meadows southern of the town made soft, smoke-colored curves versus the clear sky. The males on the siding stood an initial on one foot and then ~ above the other, their hands thrust deep into their trousers pockets, their overcoats open, your shoulders screwed up with the cold; and they glanced indigenous time to time toward the southeast, wherein the railroad track wound follow me the flow shore. They conversed in short tones and also moved about restlessly, seeming uncertain regarding what was meant of them. Over there was yet one the the company who looked together though the knew exactly why he was there, and he retained conspicuously apart, walking to the far end of the platform, return to the terminal door, climate pacing increase the monitor again, his chin sunk in the high collar of his overcoat, his burly shoulders drooping forward, his gait heavy and also dogged. Presently he was approached by a tall, spare, grizzled man clad in a faded Grand army suit, who shuffled the end from the team and progressed with a certain deference, craning his neck forward until his back made the angle of a jack-knife three-quarters open.

"I reckon she"s a-goin" to it is in pretty so late agin to-night, Jim," the remarked in a squeaky falsetto. "S"pose it"s the snow?"

"I don"t know," responded the other man with a the shade of annoyance, speak from the end an astonishing cataract of red moustache which flourished fiercely and thickly in all directions.

The spare male shifted the quill toothpick he to be chewing come the various other side the his mouth. "It ain"t likely that anybody native the east will come with the corpse, i s"pose?" the went ~ above reflectively.

"I don"t know," responded the other, an ext curtly than before.

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"It"s too poor he didn"t belong to some lodge or other. I like an order funeral myself. Castle seem much more appropriate for civilization of some repytation," the spare male continued, through an ingratiating concession in his shrill voice, as he carefully placed his toothpick in his vest pocket. He constantly carried the flag at the G.A.R. Funerals in the town.

The heavy man turn on his heel without replying, and walked up the siding. The spare man shuffled ago to the uncomfortable group. "Jim"s ez complete ez a tick, ez ushel," he commented commiseratingly.

Just then a far-off whistle sounded, and also there was a shuffling that feet on the platform. A number of lanky boys of all ages appeared as suddenly and slimily as eels wakened by the cracked of thunder; part came indigenous the waiting-room, wherein they had actually been warming themselves by the red stove, or half asleep ~ above the slat benches; rather uncoiled themselves from baggage trucks or slide out of to express wagons. 2 clambered down from the driver"s seat of a hearse the stood donate up versus the siding. They straightened their stooping shoulders and lifted your heads, and a flash of momentary computer animation kindled your dull eye at that cold, vivid scream, the world-wide contact for men. That stirred them like the note of a trumpet; just as the had frequently stirred in his boyhood the guy who to be coming home to-night.

The night to express shot, red as a rocket, out of the eastward wetland lands, and also wound follow me the flow shore under the lengthy lines the shivering poplars the sentineled the meadows, the escaping steam hanging in gray masses against the pale sky and also blotting the end the Milky Way. In a minute the red glare from the headlight streamed

View image of page 330 increase the snow-covered track prior to the siding and also glittered on the wet, black color rails. The burly guy with the disheveled red beard walked swiftly up the platform toward the draw close train, uncovering his head together he went. The team of guys behind him hesitated, glanced questioningly at one another, and awkwardly adhered to his example. The train stopped, and also the crowd shuffled as much as the express automobile just together the door to be thrown open, the spare man in the G.A.R. Suit thrusting his head forward through curiosity. The refer messenger appeared in the doorway, attach by a young male in a long ulster and traveling-cap.

"Are Mr. Merrick"s friend here?" inquired the young man.

The group on the platform swayed and also shuffled uneasily. Philip Phelps, the banker, responded with dignity: "We have involved take fee of the body. Mr. Merrick"s father is really feeble and also can"t it is in about."

"Send the agent out here," growled the refer messenger, "and tell the operator to loan a hand."

The coffin was acquired out that its stormy box and down ~ above the snowy platform. The townspeople drew back enough to do room because that it and also then formed a close semicircle about it, feather curiously in ~ the palm-leaf i m sorry lay throughout the black cover. No one stated anything. The baggageman was standing by his truck, wait to gain at the trunks. The engine panted heavily, and the fireman dodged in and also out amongst the wheels through his yellow torch and long oil-can, snapping the spindle boxes. The young Bostonian, among the dead sculptor"s pupils, who had actually come with the body, looked about him helplessly. The turned to the banker, the only one of that black, uneasy, stoop-shouldered team who seemed sufficient of an separation, personal, instance to be addressed.

"None of Mr. Merrick"s brothers room here?" that asked uncertainly.

The guy with the red beard for the very first time stepped up and joined the group. "No, they have actually not come yet; the family is scattered. The body will be taken directly to the house." the stooped and took host of among the handles of the coffin.

"Take the lengthy hill roadway up, Thompson; it will be less complicated on the horses," dubbed the liveryman, as the undertaker snap the door that the hearse and prepared to mount to the driver"s seat.

Laird, the red-bearded lawyer, turned again to the stranger: "We didn"t understand whether there would certainly be any kind of one v him or not," that explained. "It"s a long walk, for this reason you"d far better go increase in the hack." the pointed come a single battered conveyance, however the young guy replied stiffly: "Thank you, but I think I will go up with the hearse. If you don"t object," transforming to the undertaker, "I"ll ride through you."

They clambered up end the wheels and also drove off in the starlight up the long, white hill toward the town. The lamps in the still town were shining from under the low, snow-burdened roofs; and beyond, ~ above every side, the levels reached out into emptiness, serene and large as the soft sky itself, and also wrapped in a tangible, white silence.

When the hearse backed as much as a wooden sidewalk prior to a naked, weather-beaten framework house, the very same composite, ill-defined group that had actually stood top top the terminal siding to be huddled around the gate. The front garden was one icy swamp, and also a pair of warped planks, prolonging from the sidewalk to the door, make a kind of rickety foot-bridge. The gate held on one hinge, and also was opened vast with difficulty. Steavens, the young stranger, noticed that something black color was tied to the knob the the former door.

The grating sound made by the casket, together it was attracted from the hearse, was answered through a scream indigenous the house; the former door was wrenched open, and also a tall, corpulent mrs rushed the end bareheaded into the snow and flung herself upon the coffin, shrieking: "My boy, my boy! and this is exactly how you"ve come house to me!"

As Steavens turn away and closed his eyes through a shudder that unutterable repulsion, another woman, also tall, however flat and also angular, dressed totally in black, darted out of the house and caught Mrs. Merrick by the shoulders, crying sharply: "Come, come, mother; girlfriend musn"t walk on choose this!" she tone adjusted to one of obsequious solemnity together she turned to the banker: "The parlor is ready, Mr. Phelps."

The bearers brought the coffin along the small boards, if the undertaker ran ahead through the coffin-rests. They bore it right into a large, unheated room that smelled of dampness and also disuse and furniture polish, and set it under under a hanging lamp ornamented v jingling glass prisms and also before a "Rogers group" of man Alden and also Priscilla, wreathed with smilax. Henry Steavens stared about him with the sickening

View image of page 331 conviction that there had actually been some awful mistake, and that he had somehow arrived on the wrong destination. That looked painfully about over the clover-green Brussels, the fat plush upholstery; amongst the hand-painted china plaques and panels and also vases, for some note of identification, for something that could once conceivably have belonged to Harvey Merrick. It was not until he known his friend in the crayon portrait that a little boy in kilts and also curls, hanging over the piano, the he felt ready to let any kind of of this people technique the coffin.

"Take the lid off, Mr. Thompson; let me see my boy"s face," wailed the elder woman in between her sobs. This time Steavens looked fearfully, practically beseechingly, into her face, red and swollen under that masses of strong, black, shiny hair. The flushed, reduce his eyes, and then, virtually incredulously, looked again. There was a type of power about her face—a kind of brutal handsomeness, even; yet it to be scarred and also furrowed by violence, and also so colored and also coarsened by fiercer passions that grief seemed never to have actually laid a tenderness finger there. The long nose to be distended and also knobbed at the end, and also there to be deep currently on either next of it; she heavy, black color brows nearly met throughout her forehead, her this were large and square, and collection far apart—teeth that might tear. She fill the room; the males were obliterated, appeared tossed around like twigs in an upset water, and even Steavens felt self being attracted into the whirlpool.

The daughter—the tall, raw-boned woman in crêpe, through a mourning comb in her hair which curiously lengthened her lengthy face—sat stiffly upon the sofa, her hands, conspicuous because that their large knuckles, urgently in she lap, she mouth and also eyes drawn down, solemnly awaiting the opening of the coffin. Close to the door stood a mulatto woman, evidently a servant in the house, with a timid bearing and also an emaciated face pitifully sad and gentle. She to be weeping silently, the corner of her calico apron lifted to she eyes, periodically suppressing a long, quivering sob. Steavens walked over and stood alongside her.

Feeble measures were heard ~ above the stairs, and also an old man, tall and also frail, odorous of pipe smoke, v shaggy, unkempt gray hair and also a dingy beard, tobacco-stained around the mouth, gone into uncertainly. That went gradually up come the coffin and also stood rolling a blue cotton handkerchief in between his hands, seeming so pained and embarrassed through his wife"s orgy that grief that he had no consciousness of something else.

"There, there, Annie, dear, don"t take on," he quavered timidly, placing out a shower hand and also awkwardly patting she elbow. She turned through a cry, and sank top top his shoulder v such violence the he tottered a little. He did not also glance toward the coffin, however continued come look in ~ her with a dull, frightened, appeal expression, together a spaniel looks at the whip. His sunken cheeks gradually reddened and burned through miserable shame. As soon as his wife rushed native the room, her daughter strode after her with collection lips. The maid stole as much as the coffin, bent end it because that a moment, and then slipped far to the kitchen, leaving Steavens, the lawyer, and also the father to themselves. The old male stood trembling and looking down at his dead son"s face. The sculptor"s splendid head appeared even an ext noble in its strictly stillness than in life. The dark hair had actually crept under upon the large forehead; the face seemed strangely long, but in it there was no that beautiful and chaste repose which we suppose to discover in the deals with of the dead. The brows were so attracted that over there were two deep lines above the beaked nose, and also the chin was thrust front defiantly. The was together though the strain of life had actually been for this reason sharp and also bitter that death might not at when wholly be sure the tension and smooth the countenance right into perfect peace—as though he were still guarding miscellaneous precious and also holy which might even however be wrested indigenous him.

The old man"s lips were working under his stained beard. That turned come the lawyer through timid deference: "Phelps and the remainder are comin" ago to set up through Harve, ain"t they?" he asked. "Thank "ee, Jim, thank "ee." he brushed the hair earlier gently native his son"s forehead. "He to be a an excellent boy, Jim; constantly a good boy. He was ez gentle ez a child and also the kindest that "em all—only us didn"t no one of us ever before onderstand him." The tears trickled gradually down his beard and also dropped ~ above the sculptor"s coat.

"Martin, Martin—Oh, Martin! come here," his wife wailed native the peak of the stairs. The old man started timorously: "Yes, Annie, I"m coming." the turned away, hesitated, stood because that a moment in miserable indecision; climate reached ago

View picture of web page 332 and also patted the dead man"s hair softly, and also stumbled native the room.

"Poor old man, i didn"t think the had any type of tears left. Appears as if his eye would have gone dry long ago. At his age nothing cuts really deep," remarked the lawyer.

Something in his ton made Steavens glance up. When the mom had been in the room the young man had scarcely seen any kind of one else; but now, from the minute he an initial glanced into Jim Laird"s florid face and blood-shot eyes, the knew that he had found what he had been heart-sick at not finding before—the feeling, the understanding, that need to exist in some one, even here.

The guy was red together his beard, with functions swollen and also blurred through dissipation, and also a hot, blazing blue eye. His challenge was strained—that of a male who is managing himself through difficulty—and he preserved plucking at his beard through a sort of fierce resentment. Steavens, sitting by the window, watched him rotate down the glaring lamp, tho its jangling pendants through an angry gesture, and then stand with his hands locked behind him, staring down right into the master"s face. He might not assist wondering what attach there might have been between the porcelain vessel and so sooty a bump of potter"s clay.

From the kitchen an uproar to be sounding; once the dining-room door opened, the income of it to be clear. The mommy was abusing the maid for having actually forgotten to do the dressing because that the chicken salad which had been all set for the watchers. Steavens had actually never heard noþeles in the the very least like it; it to be injured, emotional, dramatic abuse, unique and masterly in its excruciating cruelty, as violent and also unrestrained as had actually been her grief the twenty minute before. With a shudder of disgust, the lawyer went into the dining-room and also closed the door into the kitchen.

"Poor Roxy"s acquiring it now," he remarked when he came back. "The Merricks take it her out of the poor-house year ago; and also if her commitment would let her, i guess the poor old thing can tell story that would certainly curdle your blood. She"s the mulatto woman that was standing in here a when ago, v her apron to her eyes. The old mrs is a fury; there never ever was anybody choose her for demonstrative piety and also ingenious cruelty. She make Harvey"s life a hell for him as soon as he lived at home; he to be so noble ashamed the it. I never can see how he maintained himself therefore sweet."

"He to be wonderful," stated Steavens slowly, "wonderful; but until to-night I have actually never known just how wonderful."

"That is the true and eternal wonder the it, anyway; that it have the right to come even from together a dung-heap as this," the lawyer cried, with a scan gesture which seemed to suggest much an ext than the four walls in ~ which they stood.

"I think I"ll see whether i can gain a little air. The room is therefore close i am beginning to feel quite faint," murmured Steavens, struggling with one of the windows. The sash was stuck, however, and would not yield, therefore he sat down dejectedly and also began pulling at his collar. The lawyer come over, loosened the sash with one punch of his red fist, and sent the window up a couple of inches. Steavens thanked him, however the nausea which had actually been gradually climbing into his neck for the last half hour left that with however one desire—a desperate feeling that that must acquire away indigenous this ar with what was left of Harvey Merrick. Oh, the comprehended well enough now the tenderness bitterness of the laugh that he had seen so regularly on his master"s lips!

He remembered that once, once Merrick returned from a visit home, he carried with that a singularly feeling and suggestive bas-relief of a thin, faded old woman, sitting and also sewing other pinned to her knee; when a full-lipped, full-blooded tiny urchin, his trousers continual by a single gallows, stood next to her impatiently twitching her gown to speak to her fist to a butterfly he had caught. Steavens, impressed by the tender and also delicate modelling the the thin, tired face, had actually asked the if it to be his mother. He remembered the dull flush the had melted up in the sculptor"s face.

The lawyer was sitting in a rocking-chair next to the coffin, his head thrown earlier and his eye closed. Steavens looked at him earnestly, confused at the line of the chin, and also wondering why a guy should conceal a attribute of such difference under the disfiguring shock that beard. Suddenly, as though he felt the young sculptor"s keen glance, he opened his eyes.

"Was he constantly a great deal of one oyster?" the asked abruptly. "He was terribly shy as a boy."

"Yes, he to be an oyster, due to the fact that you put it so," rejoined Steavens. "Although he might be really fond that people, he always gave one

View picture of web page 333 the impression of gift detached. That disliked violent emotion; he to be reflective, and rather distrustful that himself—except, of course, as concerned his work. He to be sure-footed enough there. He distrusted guys pretty thoroughly, and women even more, however somehow without believing ok of them. He to be determined, indeed, to believe the best, however he seemed afraid come investigate."

"A scorched dog dreads the fire," claimed the lawyer grimly, and closed his eyes.

Steavens walk on and on, reconstructing that entirety miserable boyhood. All this raw, biting ugliness had been the part of the man whose tastes were refined past the borders of the reasonable—whose mind to be an exhaustless collection of beautiful impressions, and so sensitive that the mere zero of a poplar leaf flickering versus a sunny wall surface would be etched and also held over there forever. Surely, if ever before a man had the magic wand in his finger-tips, it to be Merrick. Every little thing he touched, the revealed its holiest secret; liberated it from charm and revitalized it come its pristine loveliness, choose the Arabian prince who dealt with the enchantress, spell because that spell. Upon whatever he had actually come in call with, he had left a beautiful record of the experience—a kind of ethereal signature; a scent, a sound, a shade that was his own.

Steavens construed now the real tragedy that his master"s life; no love no one wine, as plenty of had conjectured, yet a punch which had fallen earlier and cut deeper than these could have done—a shame no his, and also yet therefore unescapably his, come hide in his heart from his very boyhood. And without, the frontier warfare; the yearning of a boy, actors ashore top top a desert of newness and also ugliness and also sordidness, for all the is chastened and also old, and also noble v traditions.

At eleven o"clock the tall, flat woman in black color crêpe entered and announced the the watchers to be arriving, and also asked castle "to step into the dining-room." together Steavens rose, the lawyer said dryly: "You go on—it"ll be a an excellent experience because that you, doubtless; as for me, I"m no equal to the crowd to-night; I"ve had twenty years of them."

As Steavens closeup of the door the door after ~ him, the glanced ago at the lawyer, sit by the coffin in the dim light, with his chin relaxing on his hand.

The exact same misty team that had actually stood prior to the door that the express-car shuffled into the room. In the light of the kerosene desk lamp they separated and also became individuals. The minister, a pale, feeble-looking guy with white hair and also blond chin-whiskers, took his seat beside a small side table, and also placed his scriptures upon it. The Grand army man take it a chair behind the stove and also tilted his chair back comfortably versus the wall, fishing his quill toothpick indigenous his waistcoat pocket. The two bankers, Phelps and Elder, satellite off in a edge behind the dinner-table, wherein they could finish their conversation of the new usury law and its result on chattel protection loans. The actual estate agent, an old guy with a smiling, hypocritical face, soon joined them. The coal and also lumber dealer and the cattle shipper satellite on opposite sides of the tough coal burner, your feet ~ above the nickel-work. Steavens took a book from his pocket and began come read. The talk around him ranged through various topics of local interest while the residence was quieting down. As soon as it to be clear the the members of the household were in bed, the Grand army man hitched his shoulders, and untangling his long legs, recorded his heels ~ above the rounds of his chair.

"S"pose there"ll it is in a will, Phelps?" he queried in his weak falsetto.

The banker laughed disagreeably, and also began trimming his nails through a pearl-handled pocket-knife.

"There"ll scarcely be any kind of need because that one, will there?" that queried in his turn.

The restless Grand army man change his position again, acquiring his knee still nearer his chin. "Why, the ole male says Harve"s done ideal well lately," the chirped.

The other banker speak up. "I reckon he means by the Harve ain"t request him to mortgage any an ext farms recently so together he could go on through his education."

"Seems prefer my psychic don"t reach back to a time once Harve wasn"t bein" edycated," tittered the Grand army man.

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There was a basic chuckle. The minister took the end his handkerchief and also blew his nose sonorously. Banker Phelps close up door his knife through a snap. "It"s too bad the old man"s boy didn"t turn out better," the remarked, through reflective authority. "They never ever hung together. He spent money sufficient on Harve to stock a dozen cattle-farms, and also he might as well have poured it into Sand Creek. If Harve had actually stayed at home and also helped nurse what little they had, and also gone into stock on the old man"s bottom farm, they might all have been well

View photo of page 334 fixed. However the old man had to trust everything to tenants and also was cheated right and left."

"Harve never might have handled stock none," interposed the cattleman. "He hadn"t that in him to be sharp. Execute you remember when he purchase Sander"s mules for eight-year olds, once everybody in city knew the Sander"s father-in-law give "em to his mam for a wedding present eighteen years before, an" they was full-grown mules then."

Everyone chuckled, and also the Grand military man rubbed his knees v a spasm the childish delight.

"Harve never ever was much account for anything practical, and also he coast was never fond of work," started the coal and lumber dealer. "I psychic the critical time he to be home; the work he left, once the old man was the end to the barn helpin" his hand hitch up to take Harve to the train, and Cal Moots was patchin" up the fence, Harve, that come out on the step and sings out, in his ladylike voice: "Cal Moots, Cal Moots! you re welcome come cord my trunk.""

"That"s Harve because that you," approved the Grand army man gleefully. "I kin hear the howlin" yet, as soon as he to be a huge feller in lengthy pants, and also his mommy used to whale him v a rawhide in the barn for lettin" the cows git foundered in the cornfield when he to be drivin" "em home from pasture. He eliminated a cow the mine that-a-way onct—a pure Jersey and the finest milker ns had, an" the ole man had actually to placed up because that her. Harve, he was watchin" the sun collection acrost the marshes as soon as the anamile gained away; he argued that sunset was oncommon fine."

"Where the old guy made his mistake to be in sending out the boy eastern to school," claimed Phelps, stroking his goatee and speaking in a deliberate, righteousness tone. "There was wherein he got his head complete of trapseing to Paris and also all together folly. What Harve needed, of every people, was a course in part first-class Kansas City service college."

The letter were swimming prior to Steaven"s eyes. To be it feasible that these guys did not understand, the the palm ~ above the coffin supposed nothing to them? The very name of their city would have remained forever hidden in the postal guide, had it no been now and again discussed in the people in link with Harvey Merrick"s. The remembered what his master had said to him on the work of his death, after the jam of both lungs had actually shut off any probability that recovery, and also the sculptor had asked his pupil to send his body home. "It"s not a pleasant ar to be lying if the civilization is moving and also doing and bettering," he had actually said, with a feeble smile: "but it rather seems together though we must go earlier to the location we come from in the end. The townspeople will come in because that a look at me; and after lock have had their say, i shan"t have much to are afraid from the judgment of God. The wing of the Victory, in there"—with a weak gesture toward his studio— "will not shelter me."

The cattleman took up the comment. "Forty"s young for a Merrick to cash in; they commonly hang on quite well. Probably he assisted it together with whisky."

"His mother"s people were not long-lived, and Harvey never had a durable constitution," claimed the minister mildly. He would have actually liked to say more. He had actually been the boy"s Sunday-school teacher, and also had to be fond that him; but he felt the he was no in a place to speak. His own sons had actually turned the end badly, and it was not a year due to the fact that one of them had made his last trip home in the express-car, shot in a gambling-house in the black color Hills.

"Nevertheless, over there is no disputin" the Harve commonly looked ~ above the wine when it to be red, likewise variegated, and also it shore made one oncommon stupid of him," moralized the cattleman.

Just climate the door leading into the parlor rattled loudly, and everyone started involuntarily, feather relieved once only Jim Laird come out. His red challenge was convulsed through anger, and the Grand army man ducked his head when he witnessed the spark in his blue, blood-shot eye. Lock were every afraid that Jim; he was a drunkard, but he could twist the regulation to suit his client"s needs as no other male in every western Kansas might do; and also there were countless who tried. The lawyer closeup of the door the door gently behind him, leaned back against it, and folded his arms, cocking his head a tiny to one side. When he assumed this perspective in the court-room, ears were constantly pricked up, as it normally foretold a overwhelming of withering sarcasm.

"I"ve been through you gentlemen before," he started in a dry, even tone, "when you"ve satellite by the coffins of guys born and also raised in this town; and, if ns remember rightly, you were never any type of too fine satisfied once you checked them up. What"s the matter,

View image of page 335 anyhow? Why is that that trustworthy young males are together scarce together millionaires in Sand City? the might nearly seem to a stranger the there to be some method something the matter with your progressive town. Why go Reuben Sayer, the brightest young lawyer you ever turned out, ~ he had come residence from the university as straight as a die, require to drinking and also forge a check and also shoot himself? Why did invoice Merrit"s son die of the shakes in a saloon in Omaha? Why was Mr. Thomas"s son, here, shoot in a gambling-house? Why did young Adams burn his mill to beat the insurance allowance companies, and also go to the pen?"

The lawyer paused and unfolded his arms, laying one clenched fist quiet on the table. "I"ll tell friend why. Due to the fact that you drummed nothing but money and also knavery right into their ears from the moment they wore knickerbockers; since you carped away at them together you"ve been carping below to-night, holding our friends Phelps and Elder as much as them for their models, as our grandfathers hosted up George Washington and John Adams. But the boys, worse luck, were young, and raw at the organization you placed them to; and also how can they complement coppers v such artists as Phelps and Elder? You wanted them come be effective rascals; castle were only unsuccessful ones—that"s all the difference. Over there was only one boy ever raised in this borderland between ruffianism and also civilization that didn"t pertained to grief, and you hated Harvey Merrick much more for win out than you hated all the various other boys who gained under the wheels. Lord, Lord, just how you did dislike him! Phelps, here, is fond the saying the he can buy and also sell united state all out any kind of time he"s a mental to; however he knew Harve wouldn"t have provided a tinker"s damn because that his bank and all his cattle-farms put together; and also a lack of appreciation, the way, goes hard with Phelps.

"Old Nimrod, here, think Harve drank as well much; and this native such as Nimrod and also me!

"Brother Elder claims Harve was too cost-free with the old man"s money—fell quick in filial consideration, maybe. Well, we deserve to all mental the really tone in which brother Elder swore his own father to be a liar, in the ar court; and we all understand that the old man came out of the partnership with his boy as bare as a sheared lamb. However maybe I"m gaining personal, and I"d much better be driving ahead at what I desire to say."

The lawyer paused a moment, squared his hefty shoulders, and went on: "Harvey Merrick and I walk to institution together, earlier East. Us were dead in earnest, and also we wanted you every to it is in proud of united state some day. We expected to be an excellent men. Even I, and also I haven"t shed my sense of humor, gentlemen, I supposed to it is in a good man. I came ago here come practise, and I discovered you didn"t in the least want me to be a great man. You want me to it is in a shrewd lawyer—oh, yes! ours veteran right here wanted me to acquire him rise of pension, since he had dyspepsia; Phelps want a new county inspection that would placed the widow Wilson"s little bottom farm yard inside his southern line; Elder want to loan money in ~ 5 every cent a month and get it collected; old Stark here wanted to wheedle old women up in Vermont right into investing your annuities in real-estate mortgages that space not worth the file they room written on. Oh, you required me tough enough, and also you"ll go on needing me; and also that"s why I"m not afraid to plug the fact home come you this once.

"Well, ns came ago here and became the damned shyster you wanted me come be. Girlfriend pretend to have actually some type of respect because that me; and yet you"ll was standing up and also throw mud at Harvey Merrick, whose heart you couldn"t dirty and whose hand you couldn"t tie. Oh, you"re a discriminating the majority of Christians! There have been times when the vision of Harvey"s name in some Eastern paper has made me hang my head prefer a whipped dog; and, again, times when I preferred to think the him turn off there in the world, away from every this hog-wallow, doing his great work, and also climbing the big, clean up-grade he"d set for himself.

"And we? now that we"ve fought and lied and sweated and also stolen and also hated as only the disappointed strugglers in a bitter, dead tiny Western town know exactly how to do, what have actually we got to show for it? Harvey Merrick wouldn"t have given one sunset over your marshes for every you"ve obtained put together, and you recognize it. It"s no for me to say why, in the inscrutable wisdom of God, a genius should ever before have been called from this place of hatred and bitter waters; but I desire this Boston man to recognize that the drivel he"s been hearing below to-night is the just tribute any type of truly great man could ever have from such a most sick, side-tracked, burnt-dog, land-poor sharks together the here-present financiers the Sand

View photo of web page 336 City—upon i beg your pardon town may God have mercy!"

The lawyer thrust out his hand come Steavens as he pass him, caught up his overcoat in the hall, and also had left the house before the Grand military man had found time to lift his ducked head and also crane his long neck around at his fellows.

Next day Jim Laird to be drunk and unable to to visit the funeral services. Steavens dubbed twice at his office, but was compelled come start east without see him. He had a presentiment the he would hear from the again, and also left his address on the lawyer"s table; yet if Laird discovered it, he never ever acknowledged it. The point in him that Harvey Merrick had actually loved must have actually gone underground v Harvey Merrick"s coffin; for it never ever spoke again, and Jim obtained the cold he died of driving across the Colorado mountains to safeguard one the Phelps"s sons, who had acquired into trouble out there by cutting government timber.