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way to do it.
As a rule he walks from Henley Sta- "if you don't mind taking a bit of mo tion, but on this occasion he arrived in a erly advice, you might remember t Aly, he having a young woman with him, your place is the kitchen, and his the p and she having a bag-his cook, as he ex- lor. He's a dear good man, I know, ! plained to me. As a rule, I do everything human nature is human nature, and it
. for Mr. Parable, sleeping in the cottage no good pretending it is n't." when he is there; but to tell the truth, I She and I had our breakfast toget] was glad to see her. I never was much of before he was up, so that when he ca a cook myself, as my poor dead husband down, he had to have his alone, but aft has remarked on more than one occasion, ward she comes into the kitchen a and I don't pretend to be. Mr. Parable closes the door. added, apologetic like, that he had been “He wants to show me the way suffering lately from indigestion.
High Wycombe,” she says. “He will ha “I am only too pleased to see her,” I it there are better shops at Wycom says.
“There are the two beds in my What ought I to do?" room, and we sha'n't quarrel.” She was My experience is that advising folks quite a sensible young woman, as I had do what they don't want to do is n't judged from the first look at her, though suffering at the time from a cold. She "What d' you think yourself?" I ask hires a bicycle from Emma Tidd, who her. uses it only on a Sunday, and, taking a "I feel like going with him," she sa market-basket, off she starts for Henley, “and making the most of every mil Vr. Parable saying he would go with her And then she began to cry. “What 's to show her the way.
harm?” she says. “I have heard h They were gone a goodish time, which, from a dozen platforms ridiculing cl seeing it 's eight miles, did n't so much distinctions. Besides," she says, "my p surprise me; and when they got back we
ple have been farmers for generatio all three had dinner together, Mr. Para- What was Miss Bulstrode's father bu ble arguing that it made for what he grocer? He ran a hundred shops inste called “labor-saving." Afterward I of one. What difference does that make cleared away, leaving them talking to- "When did it all begin ?" I sa gether; and later on they had a walk "When did he first take notice of you round the garden, it being a moonlight “The day before yesterday,” she night, but a bit too cold for my fancy.
"He had never seen me befor In the morning I had a chat with her
"I was just cook-somethi before he was down. She seemed a bit in a cap and apron that he passed oc worried.
sionally on the stairs. On Thursday “I hope people won't get talking," she saw me in my best clothes, and fell says. “He would insist on my coming.” love with me. He does n't know it hi
"Well,” I says, “surely a gent can self, poor dear, not yet; but that 's wi bring his cook along with him to cook for he 's done." him. And as for people talking, what I Well, I could n't contradict her, 1 always say is, one may just as well give after the
way I had seen him looking them something to talk about and save her across the table. them the trouble of making it up."
"What are your feelings toward hin "If only I was a plain middle-aged I says, "to be quite honest? He's rath woman,” she says, “it would be all right.' a good catch for a young person in yd
"Perhaps you will be all in good time," position." I says, but of course I could see what she “That 's my trouble,” she says; was driving at. A nice clean, pleasant- can't help thinking of that. And then faced young woman she was, and not of be “Mrs. John Parable’! That 's enou the ordinary class. "Meanwhile," I says,
to turn a won
thought is a matter for conjecture; I can taken particular notice of her. She had only speak to the facts. Mr. Parable brown eyes, and was wearing a black hat looked at the lady once or twice. Indeed, supplemented with poppies. one might say with truth that he kept on doing it. The lady, it must be admitted, Arthur HORTON, waiter at the Popular behaved for a while with extreme pro- Café, states as follows: priety; but after a time, as I felt must I know Mr. John Parable by sight. happen, their eyes met, and then it was I Have often heard him speak at public heard her say:
meetings. Am a bit of a socialist myself. "Good evening, Mr. Parable."
Remember his dining at the Popular Café She accompanied the words with the on the evening of Thursday. Did n't recsame peculiar smile to which I have al- ognize him immediately on his entrance ready referred. The exact words of Mr. for two reasons: one was his hat, and the Parable's reply I cannot remember, other was his girl. I took it from him though it was to the effect that he had and hung it up. I mean, of course, the thought from the first that he had known hat. It was a brand-new bowler, trifle her, but had not been quite sure.
ikey about the brim. Have always assoIt was at this point that, thinking I ciated him with a soft gray felt, but never saw my colleague approaching, I went to with girls. Females, yes, to any extent; meet him. I found I was mistaken, and but this was the real article. You know slowly retraced my steps. I passed Mr. what I mean--the sort of girl that you Parable and the lady. They were talking turn round to look after. It was she who together with what I should describe as selected the table in the corner behind the animation. I went as far as the southern door. Been there before, I should say. extremity of the suspension-bridge, and In the ordinary course of business I must have waited there quite ten minutes should have addressed Mr. Parable by before returning eastward. It was while name, such being our instructions in the I was passing behind them on the grass, case of customers known to us. But putpartly screened by the rhododendrons, ting the hat and the girl together, I dethat I heard Mr. Parable say to the lady: cided not to. Mr. Parable was all for
"Why should n't we have it together?" our three and sixpenny table d'hôte, he To which the lady replied:
evidently not wanting to think; but the “But what about Miss Clebb?"
lady would n't hear of it. I could not overhear what followed, "Remember Miss Clebb," she said. owing to their sinking their voices. It Of course, at the time, I did not know seemed to be an argument. It ended with what was meant. She ordered thin soup, the young lady laughing and then rising. a grilled sole, and cutlets au gratin. It Mr. Parable also rose, and they walked certainly could n't have been the dinner. off together. As they passed me I heard With regard to the champagne, he would the lady say:
have his own way. I picked him out a "I wonder if there's any place in Lon- dry '94 that you might have weaned a don where you 're not likely to be recog- baby on. I suppose it was the whole thing nized.”
combined. Mr. Parable, who gave me the idea of It was after the sole that I heard Mr. being in a state of growing excitement, Parable laugh. I could hardly credit my replied loudly:
cars, but half-way through the cutlets he "Oh, let 'em!"
did it again. I was following behind them when the There are two kinds of women: there lady suddenly stopped.
is the woman who, the more she eats and "I know!”she said. “The Popular Café." drinks, the stodgier she gets; and the wo
The park-keeper said he was convinced man who lights up after it. I suggested a he would know the lady again, having peach melba between them, and when I
returned with it, Mr. Parable was sitting Exhibition, gives the following particuwith his elbows on the table, gazing across lars: at her with an expression that I can only From where I generally stand I can describe as quite human. It was when I easily command a view of the interior of brought the coffee that he turned to me the Victoria Hall; that is, of course, to and asked me what was doing.
say, when the doors are open, as on a "Nothing stuffy," he added. “Is there
warm night is usually the case. an exhibition anywhere-something in the On the evening of Thursday, the
twenty-seventh, it was fairly well occu“You are forgetting Miss Clebb,” the pied, but not to any great extent.
One lady reminded him.
couple attracted my attention by reason of “For two pins," said Mr. Parable, “I the gentleman's erratic steering. Had he would get up at the meeting and tell Miss been my partner, I should have suggested Clebb what I really think about her.” a polka, the tango not being the sort of
I suggested the Earl's Court Exhibi- dance that can be picked up in an evening. tion, little thinking at the time what it What I mean to say is that he struck me was going to lead to; but the lady at first as being more willing than experienced. would n't hear of it; and the party at the Some of the bumps she got would have next table calling for their bill (they had made me cross; but we all have our fanasked for it once or twice before, when I cies, and so far as I could judge, they came to think of it), I had to go to them. both appeared to be enjoying themselves.
When I got back, the argument had It was after the “Hitchy-coo” that they just concluded, and the lady was holding
came outside. up her finger.
The seat to the left of the door is popu“On condition that we leave at half- lar by reason of its being partly screened past nine, and that you go straight to by bushes, but by leaning forward a little, Caxton Hall," she said.
it is quite possible for me to see what goes “We 'll see about it,” said Mr. Par- on there. They were the first couple out, able, and offered me half a crown.
having had a bad collision near the bandTips being against the rules, I could n't stand, so easily secured it. The gentletake it. Besides, one of the jumpers had man was laughing. his eye on
I explained to him, There was something about him from jocosely, that I was doing it for a bet. He the first that made me think I knew him, was surprised when I handed him his hat, and when he took off his hat to wipe his but, the lady whispering to him, he re- head it came to me all of a sudden, he membered himself in time.
being the exact image of his effigy at As they went out together, I heard Mr. Madame Tussauds, which by a curious Parable say to the lady:
coincidence I happened to have visited "It 's funny what a shocking memory with a friend that very afternoon. The I have for names.”
lady was what some people would call To which the lady replied:
good-looking, and others might n’t. “You'll think it funnier still to-mor- I was watching them, naturally a little row.” And then she laughed.
interested. Mr. Parable, in helping the Mr. Horton thought he would know lady to adjust her cloak, drew her-it the lady again. He puts down her age as may have been by accident-toward him; about twenty-six, describing her, to use and then it was that a florid gentleman, his own piquant expression, as “a bit of with a short pipe in his mouth, stepped all right.” She had brown eyes and a forward and addressed the lady. He taking way with her.
raised his hat, and, remarking "Good
evening,” added that he hoped she was Miss IDA JENKS, in charge of the East- “ "having a pleasant time."
His tone I ern Cigarette Kiosk at the Earl's Court should explain was sarcastic.
The young woman, whatever else may The gentleman gave the name of N be said of her, struck me as behaving quite Archibald Quincey, Harcourt Buildin correctly. Replying to his salutation with Temple. a cold and distant bow, she rose, and, No, the gentleman made no applicat turning to Mr. Parable, observed that she respecting bail, electing to pass the nig thought it was perhaps time for them to in the cells. A certain amount of disc be going
tion is permitted to us, and we made h The gentleman, who had taken his pipe as comfortable as possible. from his mouth, said, again in a sarcastic Yes, a lady. tone, that he thought so, too, and offered No, about a gentleman who had the lady his arm.
himself into trouble at the Earl's Co “I don't think we need trouble you," Exhibition. She mentioned no name. said Mr. Parable, and stepped between I showed her the charge-sheet. S them.
thanked me, and went away. To describe what followed, I, being a That I cannot say. I can only tell y lady, am hampered for words. I remem- that at nine fifteen on Friday morni ber seeing Mr. Parable's hat go up into bail was tendered, and, after inquiri the air; and then the next moment the accepted in the person of Julius Addis forid gentleman's head was lying on my Tupp, of the Sunnybrook Steam Laund counter smothered in cigarettes. natu
Twickenham. rally screamed for the police, but the That is no business of ours. crowd was dead against me; and it was The accused, who, I had seen to it, h only after what I believed in technical had a cup of tea and a little toast at sev language would be termed "the fourth thirty, left in company with Mr. Ty round" that they appeared upon the scene. soon after ten.
The last I saw of Mr. Parable he was Superintendent Wade admitted he h shaking a young constable, who had lost known cases where accused parties, his helmet, while three other policemen avoid unpleasantness, had stated th had hold of him from behind. The florid names to be other than their own, gentleman's hat I found on the floor of declined to discuss the matter further. my kiosk, and returned to him; but after Superintendent Wade, while expressi a useless attempt to get it on his head, he his regret that he had no further time disappeared with it in his hand. The lady bestow upon our representative, thoug was nowhere to be seen.
it highly probable that he would kn Miss Jenks thinks she would know her the lady again if he saw her. again. She was wearing a hat trimmed Without professing to be a judge with black chiffon and a spray of poppies, such
matters, Superintendent W. and was slightly freckled.
thinks she might be described as a hig
intelligent young woman and of exco SUPERINTENDENT S. Wade, in answer to tionally prepossessing appearance. questions put to him by our representative, vouchsafed the following replies:
From Mr. Julius Tupp, of the Sun Yes, I was in charge at the Vine Street brook Steam Laundry, Twickenha Police Court on the night of Thursday, upon whom our representative next call the twenty-seventh.
we have been unable to obtain much No, I have no recollection of a charge sistance, Mr. Tupp replying to all qu of any description being preferred against tions put to him by the one formula, “N any gentleman of the name of Parable. talking."
Yes, a gentleman was brought in about Fortunately, our representative on 1 ten o'clock, charged with brawling at the way out through the drying-ground w Earl's Court Exhibition and assaulting a able to obtain a brief interview with MI constable in the discharge of his duty. Tupp.