Harris herself had made him an agent in this matter, he would take care to acquit himself with honour, and above all things to preserve a young lady for whom he had the highest esteem; 'for she is, cries he, and, by heavens, he said true, 'the most worthy, generous, and noble of all human beings. You have yourself, madam, said he, 'consented to the match.
But prior to his coming into residence the first anniversary was held, and the occasion was utilised for the holding of a series of very remarkable services. From August 20-23 crowds of people flocked to hear sermons twice daily in the courtyard by Shirley, Fletcher, Rowlands, Peter Williams, Howel Harris, and others.
Harris pleased the captain by saying it was good legend; and pleased him further by adding: "Now that I have seen this mighty tree, vigorous with its four hundred years, I feel a desire to believe the legend for ITS sake; so I will humor the desire, and consider that the tree really watches over those poor hearts and feels a sort of human tenderness for them."
"Well, I wish it would come this way," declared Harris. "We're still a long way from safety." "It's probably a German, anyhow," said Jack, "so if we are rescued it will be only to be made prisoners." "That's better than being made shark bait," said Harris; "and, by the way, speaking of sharks, I have heard that there were many of them in these waters."
And her mother, listening across the table, trembled at the dangers the child touched upon and flitted past. It had been part of the careful rearing of Betty Harris that she should not guess that the constant attendance upon her was a body-guard such as might wait upon a princess.
Moreover, it was evident that not only Bentley, the surgeon, but Strong, the young adjutant, Bucketts, the veteran cavalry subaltern doing duty as post quartermaster, and the three company officers of Archer's regiment stationed at Almy all were determined to consider Harris decidedly in the light of the hero of the recent episode.
Just as we sat down to table, Bulstrode joined us, to receive the praises he had earned, and to enjoy his triumph. He got a seat directly opposite to mine, on Anneke's left hand, and soon began to converse. "In the first place," he cried, "you must all admit that Tom Harris did wonders to-night as Miss Marcia Cato.
"I met Harris, as I was walking hither this morning," Bulstrode continued, "and he gave me, in his confused Irish way for I insist he is Irish, although he was born in London but he gave me a somewhat queer account of a supper he was at last night, which he said had been borne off by a foraging party of young Albanians, and brought into the barracks, as a treat to some of our gentlemen.
Madge knew that Alfred Thornton was snobbish and mean-spirited. She did not like him. She decided that on the night of the ball. She had seen him exchanging smiles with Miss Harris behind their backs before Tom Curtis had introduced him as his friend. This merely confirmed her bad opinion of him.
You have learned a little about them already, but here is a good place to tell you something more about their lives. Martin Harris was a farmer who became acquainted with Joseph about the time he received the plates. You will remember that Martin visited Joseph in Pennsylvania and did some writing for him.