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And he talked for more'n an hour, and finally got down to the fall of Rome. And he says, "What made Rome fall? They tariff." And John says, "That ain't the way they tell it to me. They say Caesar made Rome fall. That's what I've always heard. And I don't believe it was the tariff. It couldn't be." So pa says, "Listen to him, John." But John was kind of restless and seemed to get a little mad.
And dreamed that he was shut naked in a tiny cell with a gigantic python upon whose yard-long fangs he was about to be impaled and, as usual, awoke trembling and bathed in perspiration, with dry mouth and throbbing head, sickness, and tingling extremities. The wind had got up and had blown out the candle which should have lasted till dawn!...
But it seemed ungallant to allow a woman to put herself to so much trouble for me, and so I said: "It is not worth while, madam. If you will heave another sigh, I think I can follow it." So we got along all right. Arrived at her official and mysterious den, she asked me to tell her the date of my birth, the exact hour of that occurrence, and the color of my grandmother's hair.
The old fellow acts like he feels he ought to stick along till we're outa here. He's kind of taken a notion to me because I can talk sign, and he seems to want to make sure we don't mix it again with the tribe. Some of them are kinda peeved, all right. You've got no quarrel with this old fellow, have you? He's a big-league medicine man in the tribe, and his Spanish name is Mariano Pablo Montoya.
Considering that the audience had just pledged themselves with inarticulate oaths and most terrifying psalmody to march in Malcolmson's army, their enthusiasm for the King was striking. They sang the National Anthem quite as whole-heartedly as they had sung the hymn. They are a very curious people, these fellow-countrymen of mine. Moyne cheered up a little when we got back to the club.
He grinned as he looked at the wicked little blue-steeled Savage. "I hope you ain't mistaken, Billy," he said, "for it 'll be the first excitement we've had in a year." None of his enthusiasm revealed itself in MacVeigh's face. "The Eskimo never fights until he's gone mad, Pelly," he said, "and you know what madmen are. I can't guess what they've got to fight over, unless they want our grub.
You discovered in some way that I had since disappeared from that neighbourhood. Then you accidentally got on to this telephone call, and decided to run me down. Some cute little detective, I'll say. But what's the object? What is it you are trying to connect me up with? What possible cause can you have for butting in on this affair?" "I told you before; merely curiosity."
Tennant cordially led the way up to the first floor, talking of the weather, and of the number of visitors who were at present staying at the River Hotel. "Does Mrs. Merrick play?" she asked. "Do you? We've got a very good piano in the drawing-room.... I'm passionately fond of music myself. It's the sorrow of my life I can't play." Sally grimaced.
"Yes, I know," said Henry, gravely; "my mother died, too." "I wonder what time it is?" asked the girl at last. Henry pulled out his watch. "It is after six o'clock," he said. "Say," broke in George, "that's a funny kind of a uniform you've got on." "It is a Boy Scout uniform." "Oh, is it?" exclaimed George. "I never saw one before. I wish I could be a Scout!" "Maybe you can," answered Henry.
"Yes well, I'm not so much of a fool as some of the rest or else more of a one. There's Mamie Magen she's living here; she's with Pitcairn, too. You'll meet her and be crazy about her. She's a lame Jewess, and awfully plain, except she's got lovely eyes, but she's got a mind like a tack.