When Looey and I was hitching up to drive down town to give the show, one of the hosses stepped on his foot and I laughed at that, and there was purty nigh a fight. And I was handling some bottles and broke one and cut my hand on a piece of glass. I held it out fur a minute dumb-like, with the blood and medicine dripping off of it, and all of a sudden I busted out laughing agin.

The men clum into the riggin' before she struck, but the old cap'n was staggerin' 'round decks, kind o' dazed and dumb-like, not tryin' to do anythin' to save himself. The mate tried to git him into the riggin', seein' he wan't in no condition to look out for himself; but the old man struck loose from his holt and cried out to him through the noise: "'Let me alone! I've got to go with her.

"God help them as helps others this Christmas night! But it's not for such as you to talk of the Five Points, Janet," rousing himself. "What frabbit me to talk of Nelly the night? Someways she's been beside me all day, as if she was grippin' me by the sleeve, beggin', dumb-like." The moody frown deepened. "The baby! See, Adam, it'll waken! Quick, man!"

And my pink school report, I remember, had slipped down under the stove, and the tortoise-shell cat was lashing it with her tail; but Daniel's report, gray as his face, was still clutched up in Pa's horny old hand. For just a second we eyed each other sort of dumb-like, and then for the first time, I tell you, I seen tears in his eyes.

'I am a widower with four tragedies that is to say, four strapping girls the eldest taller than you. Don't 'ee look so struck dumb-like! It fell out in this way. I knew the poor woman, their mother, in Pen-zephyr for some years; and to cut a long story short I privately married her at last, just before she died. I kept the matter secret, but it is getting known among the people here by degrees.

'O, David! 'I am a widower with four tragedies that is to say, four strapping girls the eldest taller than you. Don't 'ee look so struck dumb-like! It fell out in this way. I knew the poor woman, their mother, in Pen- zephyr for some years; and to cut a long story short I privately married her at last, just before she died.