O' co'se, being' in a law office is des as pervidin', but somehow hit do seem mo' worl'y." "Didn't I tell you de preachahs is ez worldly ez anybody else?" "Yes, yes, dat's right, but den 'Rastus, he had de eddication, fo' he had gone thoo de Third Readah." Just then the gate creaked, and a little brown-faced girl, with large, mild eyes, pushed open the door and came shyly in.

"She's a good fellow, all right, an' I wouldn't mind givin' her a hand myself, pervidin' you men do the square thing. If I show yer a way, what is thar in it fer me?" Brennan stiffened, his features expressing nothing. "What do yer mean? I'm an officer o' the law?" "I know it; I ain't asking yer ter make no promise. But yer word will go a hell ov a ways if this ever gets in court.

"Bah! ye ain't got no proof agin me 'sides, the case is closed it can't be opened agin by law." "You devil! I 'd be perfectly justified in killing you," exclaimed Hampton, savagely. Murphy stared at him stupidly, the cunning of incipient insanity in his eyes. "En' whar do ye expect me ter say all this, pervidin', of course I wus fule 'nough ter do it?"

"If this bill's introduced, Amri," said Scattergood, solemnly, "there'll be a chance for some of the boys to fat up their savings' account pervidin' there's a good chance of its passin'. The railroads'll git scairt and send quite a bank roll up this way." "You bet," said Amri, with watering mouth. "Lafe in town?" "Come in last week." "Lafe, I understand, hain't in politics for fun."

Scattergood opened his eyes and peered over his dumpling cheeks at McKettrick, but said nothing. "And how you found it out." "I've been figgerin' over your case," said Scattergood. "I'll give you a sidetrack into your yards pervidin' you pay the cost of bridgin' and layin' the track, me to furnish ties and rails.

"I calc'late," said Scattergood to himself but aloud "that I'll kind of substitute Grandmother Penny for Grandma Baines pervidin' Grandma Baines is fixed so's she kin see; more'n likely she'll understand what I'm up to, and it'll tickle her I'm goin' to up and borrow me a grandmother." He wriggled his toes and considered. What thing had his grandmother most desired?

'Sides, they're strong 'nough by now ter laugh et any sojers thar'bouts, an' ther ol' Minor place u'd make mighty gud pickin'. Thar hain't neither army ever bin up thar durin' ther war." "How long would it take us to reach there?" "'Bout two days, I reckon, pervidin' ye shuck ther Dutchman." I turned and looked at my men in some perplexity.

As he challenged, a dozen others sprang up from about the flame and, guns in hand, came toward us on a run. "We uns are doggoned tired o' soldierin', an' a gittin' nuthin' fer it," I said in the slow Southern drawl, "an' wanter jine yer gang, pervidin' thar's any show fer it." "How many are ye?" asked one of the newcomers, striding forward between us and the sentry.

"None uh this bunch done any shootin'. Pap an' Hank, they was up here huntin' burros an I caught yuh up a tree spyin'. We got a little band uh antelope up here we're pertectin'. Our boss got himself made a deppity fer just such cases as yourn appears t' be pervidin' your case ain't worse. "Now you say your pardner was shot down below in your camp. That shore looks bad fer you, old-timer.

"It stands to reason that the state don't realize much out of that there forty mile of track. The G. and B. gits the use of the state, so to speak, without payin' a fair rent for it. You draw up a bill pervidin' that the railroad has got to pay a fee of, say a dollar, for every passenger car it runs over them forty miles, and fifty cents for every freight car.