I was thus become the youngest captain, also the biggest and strongest; and, as will soon appear, by far the longest-headed. I was in high good humor, and had decided to celebrate with a feast.

'What a demd rum fellow you are, Nickleby, said the gentleman, 'the demdest, longest-headed, queerest-tempered old coiner of gold and silver ever was demmit.

"Do you see that man," he said, as we stood a moment looking down, "sitting there on a side bench big body, small head, hair grayish, long beard parted apparently taking no interest in anything? "That's Flink, who made the corner in O. B. one of the longest-headed operators in the Chamber. He is about the only man who dare try a hold with Jay Hawker.

What's the matter of us hoppin' over an' shootin' up Red Dog?" says Dan Boggs. 'That bunch of tarrapins ain't been shook up none for three months. "'Technical speakin', says Doc Peets which Peets, he shorely is the longest-headed sharp I ever sees, an' the galiest 'shootin' up Red Dog, while it's all right as a prop'sition an' highly creditable to Boggs, is not a Thanksgivin' play.

He made some one else put up the machinery that was to play the part of the Mississippi scheme in Law's system. Nucingen can make the longest-headed men work out schemes for him without confiding a word to them; it is his peculiar talent.

I had to think ahead and think coolly; for my safety depended on upsetting the plans of one of the longest-headed men who ever lived. And remember that, for all I knew, there were details of the scheme still hidden from me, waiting to crush me. 'Two plain courses presented themselves at once. Either of them, I thought, would certainly prove fatal.

Edith tossed her head with a pretty blush and said: "Pity me, my father; you know I am always poor at arithmetic." "You will take up with a crooked stick after all. Now Laura is a sensible girl, like her mother, and has picked out one of the richest, longest-headed fellows on the street." "Indeed!" said his wife.

In the morning when thou goest home, burn thy library, burn Milton and Bastwick, and Withers, and the rest of the rogues, forswear such rascally company forever, and rat me! if I will not maintain that thou art the honestest, as well as the longest-headed, man in the colony. There's my hand on it, and to-night we'll have a rouse such as would make old Noll turn in his grave if he had one."

"Do you see that man," he said, as we stood a moment looking down, "sitting there on a side bench big body, small head, hair grayish, long beard parted apparently taking no interest in anything? "That's Flink, who made the corner in O. B. one of the longest-headed operators in the Chamber. He is about the only man who dare try a hold with Jay Hawker.

When the the jokes had flowed about, and firms were being discussed, I heard the dry-goods man say: "Yes, sir, if I wanted to point out two of the longest-headed men who foresaw the coming change in doing business I would mention Butler Bros., of Chicago and New York. I used to sell them notions when they were in Boston, and they were nice men to do business with.