"Gad, the fellow thinks of everything," said Barnes to himself. "He is positively uncanny." He read between the lines, and saw there a distinct warning. It had not occurred to him that his plan to leave for New York that day with Miss Cameron might be attended by disastrous results. On reflection, he found the prospect far from disagreeable.
Jim says he never seed his own mind very good; and he says as how nobody else niver seed it nother; well, and wot then? Don't you observe it's 'cause he han't got none at all to see? He han't got even the ghost of one, so how could ye expect anybody to see it?" "Oh, hold yer noise, Paddy," exclaimed Dick Barnes, "an' let's have a ghost story from Tim Rokens.
Ponder that, will ye, on the way home?" Barnes did ponder it on the way home. There was but one construction to put upon the remark: it was O'Dowd's way of letting him know that he could be depended upon for support if the worst came to pass. His heart warmed to the lively Irishman. He jumped to the conclusion that O'Dowd, while aligned with the others in the flesh, was not with them in spirit.
"It wasn't the sheriff," replied Jones shortly, and immediately resumed his interrupted discourse on books, book-agents and the reclamation of Boston. Ten minutes elapsed before the landlord's garrulity was checked by the sound of an automobile coming to a stop in front of the house. Barnes turned expectantly toward the door.
Suddenly stooping forward she said in a low voice: "Mr. Barnes, you may confide in me. Do you carry much money?" He answered in a tone of assumed ease, "Paper to the value of nearly a thousand pounds." "Then look you, Mr. Barnes," said Betty in her natural voice, "I have a proposal to make to you. Give the valuables you have to us to Miss Mary Jones and to myself.
'Yes, the young ladies have a maid; I think Barnes can be trusted to carry out your orders, doctor. 'Oh, mamma, I hope you will allow me to nurse my sister; I should not like to leave her in charge of a servant. 'I am afraid you are not strong enough, dear. 'Oh, yes, I am; am I not strong enough, doctor? Dr. Reed looked for a moment steadily at Alice.
He left the room so abruptly that Barnes never quite got over the weird impression that he squeezed through that slender crack, and pulled it after him! Many minutes passed before he turned on the light. The key of the box was tied to the wire grip. With trembling fingers he inserted it in the lock and opened the lid.... "A half-million dollars' worth of nice little things," Sprouse had said!
If Adam hadn't taken his wife's advice but there, perhaps he took her advice a good many times and found it good, and, just because she happened to be wrong this time, and to get him into a hole, the sons of Adam have never let the daughters of Eve hear the last of it. That's human nature." Jack Barnes, the young husband, who was suffering a recovery, had been very silent all the evening.
Old Captain Abner Barnes, skipper, for the twenty years before his death, of the coasting schooner T. I. Smalley, had, during his life-long seafaring, never made a much rougher voyage, all things considered, than that upon which his last will and testament had sent his niece and her young companion.
The news would come to both of them soon enough, Ethel thought; and indeed, before many hours were over, it reached Sir Barnes Newcome in a very abrupt and unpleasant way. He had dismal occasion now to see his lawyers every day; and on the day after Lord Farintosh's abrupt visit and departure, Sir Barnes, going into Newcome upon his own unfortunate affairs, was told by his attorney, Mr.