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And Nelson Langmaid had hinted, good-naturedly, that it was his, Hodder's, business, to get on good terms with Mr. Parr otherwise the rectorship of St. John's might not prove abed of roses. Although the lawyer had spoken with delicacy, he had once more misjudged his man the result being to put Hodder on his guard. He had been the more determined not to cater to the banker.

I mean you'll be practical, efficient, that you'll get hold of the people of that neighbourhood and make 'em see that the world isn't such a bad place after all, make 'em realize that we in St. John's want to help 'em out. That you won't make them more foolishly discontented than they are, and go preaching socialism to them." "I have no intention of preaching socialism," said Hodder.

Hodder," and seated himself beside Mr. Constable, in a chair designed to accommodate a portly bishop. Both of them started nervously as Asa Waring, holding his head high, as a man should who has kept his birthright, went directly to the rector. "I'm glad to see you, Mr. Hodder," he said, and turning defiantly, surveyed the room. There was an awkward silence. Mr. Plimpton edged a little nearer.

"The people can't govern themselves, only Bedloe doesn't know it. Some day he'll find it out." . . . The French window beside him was open, and Hodder slipped out, unnoticed, into the warm night and stood staring at the darkness.

And at last I made up my mind to go away, to-day, to a quiet place where I might be alone, and reflect, when by a singular circumstance I was brought into contact with this man, Garvin. I see now, clearly enough, that if I had gone, I should never have come back." "And you still intend to go?" Mr. Bentley asked. Hodder leaned his elbow against the mantel. The lamplight had a curious effect on Mr.

So complete, now, was his forgetfulness of self, of his future, of the irrevocable consequences of the step he had taken, that it was only gradually he became aware that some one was standing near him, and with a start he recognized McCrae. "There are some waiting to speak to ye," his assistant said. "Oh!" Hodder exclaimed. He began, mechanically, to divest himself of his surplice.

"I do not know how you have come to suspect that I am going to disturb Mr. Parr, but what I have to say to him is between him and me." Langmaid took up his hat from the table, and sighed. "Drop in on me sometime," he said, "I'd like to talk to you Hodder heard a voice behind him, and turned. A servant was standing there. "Mr. Parr is ready to see you, sir," he said.

If you will permit me to be as frank as you have been, it appears to me as sheer nonsense and folly, and if it were put into practice the world would be reduced at once to chaos and anarchy." "There is no danger, I am sorry to say, of its being put into practice at once," said Hodder, smiting sadly. "I hope not," answered the banker, dryly.

"I beg your pardon, Hodder," said the lawyer, quickly. "And I am sure you honestly believe what you say, but " "In your heart you, too, believe it, Langmaid. The retribution has already begun. Nevertheless you will go on for a while." He held out his hand, which Langmaid took mechanically. "I bear you no ill-will. I am sorry that you cannot yet see with sufficient clearness to save yourself."

Hodder, odd as it may seem to you, have had my dreams of doing my share of making this country the best place in the world to live in. It has pleased providence to take away my son. He was not fitted to carry on my work, that is the way with dreams. I was to have taught him to build up, and to give, as I have given.