Elsmere, wake up here, and come along home this minute. There, Perdita, I'll carry you, you sleepy, naughty little girl. Elsmere, come along. Give me your hand." Down the hill they went, and through the short cut to the Osgood house, Elsmere running beside Catherine, who walked as rapidly as though Perdita had no weight, Hotspur leaping and bounding alongside.
I'll call on Mr. Osgood to-morrow the first thing I do no, the second." "What is the first? if I may ask." "To close the agency of our present Boston representatives, Messrs. Sternberg, Bloom, and McCoy. And now tell me the news about Mr. Charles Wilkinson, the hero of the Hurd trolley schedule." "Mr. Wilkinson is about to extend his responsibilities in connection with the Hurd family."
Long may it wave especially as I hope to see you, if you'll let me, while if it were an ordinary business day I should probably have to devote myself to certain distinguished legal gentlemen." "How is the lawsuit progressing?" asked the girl. Smith surveyed her doubtfully. "Have you seen Mr. Osgood recently?" he inquired suspiciously.
Of course we got a lot through Sternberg, Bloom, and McCoy, but it was so bad that I canceled nearly every policy they wrote for us. All the Guardian has left in the down-town district is some building business a few lines written by the Osgood office for three or five years, and which haven't expired yet.
"It seems to be in order," he said presently. "Sign it and date it, Benny, and bring in old Stewpan there to witness it. This is a business proposition, and I know how such things ought to be handled." It was duly signed and duly witnessed by the aged and anemic cashier of the Osgood office, and Mr. Wilkinson placed it carefully in his pocketbook. Then he rose with alacrity.
One event runs into another with monstrous rapidity among you Americans. How you differ from the English! How is it that you catch fortune by the hair so?" "We are passionate and quick-witted." "And then you repudiate with ease." "Bah! you imitate Sydney Smith." "I did not mean in the sense of State bonds precisely." "I think," Osgood groaned, "that I begin to feel like a snob again.
"That is, unless somebody puts a little sand on the slide pretty all-fired soon. I say, Mr. Osgood, I'm a non-combatant, but I like to see fair play, why don't you write the Guardian people? or wire them? I think this is something your friend Wintermuth ought to know." Mr. Osgood reached toward the button that summoned his stenographer, and then drew back his hand. "No," he said slowly.
As soon as Washington could move in the matter, Hazard was superseded by Samuel Osgood, who as a member of the old Congress had served on a committee to examine the post-office accounts. There was no Secretary of the Treasury at that time, but the affairs of that department were in the hands of a board of commissioners, this same Samuel Osgood, together with Walter Livingston and Arthur Lee.
"Well, increased latitude on lines and classes a larger authorization in the congested district those are some things. Possibly also," he suggested delicately, "a little extra allowance let us say an entertainment fund to be used in cultivating brokers with an especially desirable business." "But," said Mr. Osgood, "we are members of the Boston Board.
Afterward, in 1787, he was a commissioner to negotiate a settlement with the participants in Shay's Rebellion. With the organization of the new national government he became Secretary of the Senate of the United States, and served in that capacity until his death, April 22, 1814. In 1781, Mr. Otis was taken by his friend, Colonel Samuel Osgood, to the home of the latter in Andover.