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The new comer wore the republican beard and moustache of a sandy grey his hair was the same colour; and a black patch over one eye increased the ill-favoured appearance of his features. "Diable! Monsieur Giraumont! but you are more like Vulcan than Adonis!" said Gawtrey. "I don't know anything about Vulcan, but I know how to make five-franc pieces," said Monsieur Giraumont, doggedly.

"Otherwise I should have preferred starving to coming here," answered the laconic neophyte. "I have done with you. Your health!" On this the coiners gathered round Monsieur Giraumont, shook him by the hand, and commenced many questions with a view to ascertain his skill. "Show me your coinage first; I see you use both the die and the furnace.

The new comer wore the republican beard and moustache of a sandy grey his hair was the same colour; and a black patch over one eye increased the ill-favoured appearance of his features. "Diable! Monsieur Giraumont! but you are more like Vulcan than Adonis!" said Gawtrey. "I don't know anything about Vulcan, but I know how to make five-franc pieces," said Monsieur Giraumont, doggedly.

Birnie grew a shade more pale, but replied with his usual sneer: "Suspicious! well, so much the better!" and seating himself carelessly at the table, lighted his pipe. "And now, Monsieur Giraumont," said Gawtrey, as he took the head of the table, "come to my right hand. A half-holiday in your honour. Clear these infernal instruments; and more wine, mes amis!"

But that respectable personage kept his furtive watch upon Giraumont and Gawtrey, who appeared talking together, very amicably. The younger novice of that night, equally silent, seated towards the bottom of the table, was not less watchful than Birnie. An uneasy, undefinable foreboding had come over him since the entrance of Monsieur Giraumont; this had been increased by the manner of Mr. Gawtrey.

But that respectable personage kept his furtive watch upon Giraumont and Gawtrey, who appeared talking together, very amicably. The younger novice of that night, equally silent, seated towards the bottom of the table, was not less watchful than Birnie. An uneasy, undefinable foreboding had come over him since the entrance of Monsieur Giraumont; this had been increased by the manner of Mr. Gawtrey.

"If you mean the celebrated coiner, Jacques Giraumont, he waits without. You know our rules. I cannot admit him without leave." "Bon! we give it, eh, messieurs?" said Gawtrey. "Ay-ay," cried several voices. "He knows the oath, and will hear the penalty." "Yes, he knows the oath," replied Birnie, and glided back. In a moment more he returned with a small man in a mechanic's blouse.

Look at this!" and Monsieur Giraumont took a forged Spanish dollar from his pocket, so skilfully manufactured that the connoisseurs were lost in admiration "you may pass thousands of these all over Europe, except France, and who is ever to detect you? But it will require better machinery than you have here." Thus conversing, Monsieur Giraumont did not perceive that Mr.

Birnie grew a shade more pale, but replied with his usual sneer: "Suspicious! well, so much the better!" and seating himself carelessly at the table, lighted his pipe. "And now, Monsieur Giraumont," said Gawtrey, as he took the head of the table, "come to my right hand. A half-holiday in your honour. Clear these infernal instruments; and more wine, mes amis!"

"If you mean the celebrated coiner, Jacques Giraumont, he waits without. You know our rules. I cannot admit him without leave." "Bon! we give it, eh, messieurs?" said Gawtrey. "Ay-ay," cried several voices. "He knows the oath, and will hear the penalty." "Yes, he knows the oath," replied Birnie, and glided back. In a moment more he returned with a small man in a mechanic's blouse.