Thus it came about that while Temple was sitting in his hotel room, in negotiation with Tandy over a matter that involved Duncan's future more vitally than any other event had ever done, Duncan himself sat with Barbara, trying to adjust another matter which seemed to him of even greater consequence. Barbara had her emotions in leash, now.
Duncan received the check in the bank parlor, again insisting that Leftwich should be present at the interview. "I'll take that paper, if you please," Tandy said, holding out his hand for it. "Not until you shall have adjusted the other matter.
Each boy carried a blanket tightly rolled up, and each had, at the start, eight pounds of corn meal and four pounds of bacon, with a small sack of salt each, which could be carried in any pocket. This was all. They had no arms and no ammunition. Their destination and the purpose of their journey were wholly unknown to anybody in the camp, except General Jackson and Tandy Walker.
I have considered the other publications, signed by individuals on the part of certain societies, I may mistake, for I have not the honor of knowing them personally, but I take Mr. Butler and Mr. Tandy not to be Catholics, but members of the Established Church. Not one that I recollect of these publications, which you and I equally dislike, appears to be written by persons of that persuasion.
"Well, he don't owe me as much as some," was the judicious answer. "Josh says he seen the white thing, but he didn't mention no chains. It was more like a 'swishing' sound he heard. "Dot any more tandy?" asked Paul, and the laugh that followed in a measure relieved the nerves of the girls, for in spite of their almost entire disbelief in what they had heard, the talk bothered them a little.
You would find it out very soon, for Tandy's wife knows it, and if she heard that there was anything between you and Mr. Duncan, she would make haste to talk of it particularly after what has happened between Tandy and Mr. Duncan. Then you would never forgive me for not telling you. "She went on then, and told me what I must tell you. She told me, Mr. Duncan, that I am the daughter of a Thief!"
"Tandy fust," was the imperturbable retort. "I like tandy Dodo like tandy we bofe like tandy!" "The sum total of childish happiness!" laughed Betty "Do, Grace, if you have any left, relieve this suspense." Some candy was forthcoming, and then, with more of it spread on their faces than had entered their chubby mouths, the twins toddled off content.
He felt that he must not only guard and promote the interests of those who had employed him to study this question, but that he was also under obligations to consider carefully the interests involved on the other side. His function, he felt, was essentially a judicial one. He knew one side of the case. It was his duty to hear the other, and Tandy was the spokesman of that other.
If that should occur, they knew they must starve during the coming winter, and so they made up their minds to drive the savages away, at least until they could gather the corn. Captain Dale at once made up a party, consisting of seventy-two men, all volunteers. With this force he set out on the 11th of November, taking Tandy Walker, a celebrated scout, for his guide.
"For one thing, that you shall put your account into a shape permitted by law and warranted by prudence. In doing that, you shall have all the help the bank can properly lend you." "Tell me your exact terms," said Tandy, "and I will endeavor to comply with them." "You must comply with them, as they will be only such as it is my duty to insist upon." "What are they?"