No doubt, had it come to the pinch, he might have bought some of his tormentors out three times over. Hiram White had suffered quite a financial loss some six months before, through that very Blueskin who was now lurking in Indian River inlet. He had entered into a "venture" with Josiah Shippin, a Philadelphia merchant, to the tune of seven hundred pounds sterling.
"Abolition," as we were, the deed wounded some race prejudice in us, and Mrs. Hiram Cole voiced the general sentiment when she remarked audibly, "One color's as good as another, come Judgment Day, but let 'em marry among themselves, I say!"
Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it his duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.
"I'd hold it a month for you, Mister Sawyer, but I want to go and help Mandy soon's I can now that Hiram's laid up for nobody knows how long." "We'll have Hiram on his feet again very soon, Mrs. Hawkins. I'll be down again in a few days." "Give my love to Alice," she called after them as they were driving away. The next evening Quincy asked his son to come to the library with him.
After what had passed they did not feel called upon to give the bully and his companions more than a cold nod. "Well, be as stuck up as you like to this after-noon!" sneered Jack, after they had gone by, taking good care, however, that his voice would not carry. "I guess the laugh will be on you and your old friend of the island to-morrow." "Hullo, Hiram; where are you bound for?"
"Why, I just run in to see you a minute, Sol, that's all. What are you shut up in here all alone for?" "'Cause I want to be alone. There's been more than a thousand folks in this depot so far to-day, seems so, and they all wanted to talk. I don't feel like talkin'." "Heard about Gertie Higgins and " "Yes." "Who told you?" "Hiram Baker told me first.
To stand upon this platform and to carry out the terms of this "contract with the people," the Convention nominated without debate or dissent Theodore Roosevelt for President and Hiram W. Johnson of California for Vice-President. Governor Johnson was an appropriate running mate for Roosevelt. In his own State he had led one of the most virile and fast moving of the local Progressive movements.
The cannery demanded these vegetables at so late a date that the market-price was generally low. These facts Hiram bore in mind as he planned his season's work, and especially the kitchen garden. This latter he planned to be about two acres in extent rather a large plot, but he proposed to set his rows of almost every vegetable far enough apart to be worked with a horse cultivator.
His eyes were bright, his cheeks bluish, and he spoke in a thick, excited voice that broke and shrilled toward the end of each sentence. "I can't do it to-day. Too much haste " "To-day!" commanded Hiram. "I won't rest till it's done!" "Of course, I can " "Read the paper now, and give me your opinion." Torrey put on his glasses, opened the paper. "Oh!" he exclaimed. "I remember this.
"I don't know what has come over him of late. He has gone back to his childhood and under the spell of the ideas that seemed, and no doubt were, right then. I believe you have set him to thinking. He's the best father in the world when he is well and can see things clearly." Mrs. Whitney was not so sanguine, but she concealed it. She appreciated what was troubling Hiram.