Secretary, and asked him in confidence if he knew anything.
Meanwhile Mr. Crewe is graciously receiving others who are crowding to him.
"How are you, Mr. Giddings? How are the cows? I carry some stock that'll make you sit up--I believe I told you when I was down your way. Of course, mine cost a little money, but that's one of my hobbies. Come and see 'em some day. There's a good hotel in Ripton, and I'll have you met there and drive you back."
Thus, with a genial and kindly remark to each, he passes from one to the other, and when the members of the press come to him for his estimate of the outcome on the morrow, he treats them with the same courtly consideration.
"Estimate!" cries Mr. Crewe. "Where have your eyes been to-night, my friends? Have you seen the people coming into these headquarters? Have you seen 'em pouring into any other headquarters? All the State and federal office-holders in the country couldn't stop me now. Estimate! I'll be nominated on the first ballot."
"Thank you, Mr. Crewe," they said; "that's the kind of talk we like to hear."
"And don't forget," said Mr. Crewe, "to mention this reception in the accounts."
Mr. Tooting, who makes it a point from time to time to reconnoitre, saunters halfway down-stairs and surveys the crowded rotunda from the landing. Through the blue medium produced by the burning of many cigars (mostly Mr. Crewe's) he takes note of the burly form of Mr. Thomas Gaylord beside that of Mr. Redbrook and other rural figures; he takes note of a quiet corner with a ring of chairs surrounded by scouts and outposts, although it requires a trained eye such as Mr. Tooting's to recognize them as such--for they wear no uniforms. They are, in truth, minor captains of the feudal system, and their present duties consist (as Mr. Tooting sees clearly) in preventing the innocent and inquisitive from unprofitable speech with the Honourable Jacob Botcher, who sits in the inner angle conversing cordially with those who are singled out for this honour. Still other scouts conduct some of the gentlemen who have talked with Mr. Botcher up the stairs to a mysterious room on the second floor. Mr. Tooting discovers that the room is occupied by the Honourable Brush Bascom; Mr. Tooting learns with indignation that certain of these guests of Mr. Bascom's are delegates pledged to Mr. Crewe, whereupon he rushes back to the bridal suite to report to his chief. The cigars are giving out again, and the rush has slackened, and he detaches the People's Champion from the line and draws him to the inner room.
Brush Bascom's conducting a bourse on the second floor and is running the price up right along," cried the honest and indignant Mr. Tooting. He's stringin' Adam Hunt all right. They say he's got Adam to cough up six thousand extra since five o'clock, but the question is--ain't he stringin' us? He paid six hundred for a block of ten not quarter of an hour ago--and nine of 'em were our delegates."
- designs to a successful conclusion. One party he moved
- of a garden, and we were obliged to struggle over the flat
- to our notions, scarcely deserves to be called articulate.
- their heads. They liked our biscuit: but one of the savages
- sought her out. She did not know that he had even better
- and scurvy grass, two very serviceable plants, the use
- appearance; he used always to wear gloves, his hair was
- race, and doubtless partaken of the same character, with
- reward that they would win from him if they carried his
- alluded to. The cove takes its name of “Wigwam” from
- Roy. In the afternoon we entered the eastern mouth of the
- that which from a distance appeared like a carpet of fine
- indigo came next in value; then capsicum, old clothes,
- had not had for many nights or days a dry thing to put
- which means “give me.” After pointing to almost every
- present voyage; and before the Admiralty had resolved to
- and gunpowder. The latter article was required for a very
- conjecture what pleasure in life some of the lower animals
- surprise and admiration at its whiteness, just in the same
- in the ground, and very imperfectly thatched on one side
- gate, but the apparatus was out of his reach, and he had
- pick shellfish from the rocks; and the women either dive
- deal of English, it was singularly difficult to obtain
- was over, nothing could be more ludicrous than the odd
- end of the apartment. A steady stream of dirty water was
- be the work of an hour, and it is only used for a few days.
- first they were not inclined to be friendly; for until
- del Fuego. After our first feeling of grave astonishment
- of an ancient tertiary epoch) of which these islands are
- violence, that the Captain determined to run into Wigwam
- succeeding day, favoured to an uncommon degree by a fine
- to educate them and instruct them in religion at his own
- reward that they would win from him if they carried his
- the wind and rain of this tempestuous climate, sleep on
- fury: our horizon was narrowly limited by the sheets of
- The old man had a fillet of white feathers tied round his
- Into the disc of light, leaped, fantastic, the witch figure
- cases which I was eating, and feeling it soft and cold,
- the surface is covered by a thick bed of swampy peat. Even
- excepting a white band across his eyes) succeeded in making
- The other he ordered straight westward with orders to halt
- The thermometer generally stood about 45°, but in the
- December 20th. — One side of the harbour is formed by
- than this scene. The glassy water of the little harbour,
- An instant he hesitated. Through the corridor ahead of
- chartered a vessel, and would himself have taken them back.
- we found the place like the form of a hare, where a single
- when hunger begins to press, are more painful to think
- Max realized that he must lower his head if he would follow.
- in their mouth, and then pretending to cut instead of tear