He slammed the stable-door behind him and went off down the street, singing exultantly: " I have been to see my-wife, She's the joy of my life " He jerked open the door of the shack, gave a whoop to raise the dead, and took Dill ungently by the shoulder. "Come alive, yuh seven-foot Dill-pickle! What yuh want to lay here snoring for at this time uh day? Don't yuh know it's morning?"
"Dill-pickle left 'em for yuh," he said. Billy read the note just a few lines, with a frown of puzzlement. Dear William: Business compels my absence for a time. I hope you will go on with your plans exactly as if I were with you. I am leaving a power-of-attorney which will enable you to turn over the stock and transact any other business that may demand immediate attention, in case I am detained.
He knew that it was unreasonable of him to feel as if he had just been informed of the death of a dear friend, for Pa Doughnut and his associates had been having their adventures five years before he had left the country, and even the toughest comic supplementary hero rarely endures for a decade: but nevertheless the shadow did fall upon his morning optimism, and he derived no pleasure whatever from the artificial rollickings of a degraded creature called Old Pop Dill-Pickle who was offered as a substitute.