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thrust six huge silver pieces epithets and let that carting into my hand.
family have the lot. Our voices “ What is this?" I asked. became louder and louder, more
The price of the guitar,” and more strident our mutual answered Miguel, trying to abuse. Had I been serious—in escape. I gripped his sleeve. England, for instance I would
“There are thirty pesetas long ago have had my coat here,” I answered. “You off, and would have squared promised to pay forty." up to son Miguel. But in this
“ Yes, yes,” replied Miguel, land of hot-blooded men, in “ but I haven't got so much this kingdom of the knife, elonow. I'll give you the balance quence ruled supreme. to-morrow.”
Our discussion was suddenly “Aren't you tired of your interrupted. A small man of tricks," I said. “Pay me the the leber wurst variety, with a lot now and be done with it." pimply nose and protuberant
Miguel made a gesture to eyes, strode forward between his son, who came blustering us. He straddled
his legs up.
apart, cocked his straw-hat “ What is this ! he shouted. on one side, stared me in the “My father promised to pay face, and enunciated slowly forty pesetas for your guitar ? and solemnlyIt's a lie—why, he wouldn't Engless, yes, I spik, dam.” do such a thing.”
“All right, old cock; help " But the transaction was me to boost Miguel there." witnessed."
Engless, yes, dam,” re“It's a lie,” cried Miguel in torted the leber wurst. his turn. “I promise to pay “ Try a different word,” I you forty pesetas! Take your said. That doesn't help money and go from here." matters.'
“Forty pesetas or nothing, “Dam, yes, Engless,” he reI answered, getting angry and
angry and plied, raising his voice yet pushing the money back to more. them.
“If that's all the English I have often admired the you know," I said loudly in real Spanish row, a sort of Castilian, , you'd better stick hectic debate, in which passion to Spanish.' soars upon the wings of elo
The man went red with quence and of vituperation. anger, drew himself up, cocked I would now have the pleasure his hat from right to left, of such an argument, merely for glowered at me, pointed an experiment. Besides, there's accusing finger, and ejacunothing like letting oneself golatedto improve one's command of “Portuguese, yah!” a foreign tongue; a rage, like
He stalked away. alcohol, loosens inhibitions. So “He's a lunatic ? asked I. I hunted up the choicest of my “Lunatic ; no, no,” replied
somebody. · Ca! He is the lishman, so rich, worry about governor of the gaol."
an affair so small as five You know it took me a pesetas.” minute or two to get worked “It is impossible, I preup to Miguel again; but at sume, señor, to convince you last I found a notion which that all Englishmen are not touched him on the raw. rich, that I am probably not
“I believe you sold the 80 rich as Miguel. I will thereguitar in Granada, and having fore not attempt to do so. got the money want to keep However, let us put it on a
different level. Miguel has been “ You call us thieves ! ” cried trying to get the better of me. Miguel indignantly.
I do not choose to be bettered. “ You called me a liar," I Eh!' reminded him.
But for so small a sum." “Give him thirty-five pes- “ The sum, Señor Juez, has etas," cried Miguel to the son. nothing to do with it.”
“I won't take thirty-five," He pondered this reply for a I retorted.
few minutes. At this moment a rough “Still," he murmured, “ five thick-set fellow intruded him- pesetas.” self—somebody in the village “I'll give the five pesetas police, I believe.
to the poor when I get them. “You cannot go on arguing Does that convince you that thus,” he said with authority. the money isn't the main busi“If you cannot come to an
ness ?" agreement you must go to the “Still," muttered the judge, judge. This can go on no "an Englishman, so rich, so longer in a public place.” rich." “Good," I answered.
"I “Well," said the judge after will go to the judge. Where a silence,“ if you insist, go can I find him ?”
back to the posada. I will He is walking up and down send my clerk to you this over there, under the lime- afternoon with the necessary trees; the man with a beard.” papers.”
The judge looked as if Mme. So I went back to the posada, Tussaud's image of Mr Bernard where I met little John. Shaw had been exposed to a “Do you know what the gentle heat, as if the wax had folks are saying," he reported. fused a little. Wit also was They think that the Frenchlacking in the gleam of the man
- has been eye. He returned my saluta- quarrelling with Miguel over tions. But when I exposed the price of three melons, and my case, a line of puzzlement that you are going to law crossed his forehead.
about it." “I do not understand," he Frenchman in Caldoz was said. “Why do you, an Eng- the generic name for foreigner
I loitered about for the Life would become insupportwhole afternoon, but the clerk able. “For yourself,” she did not come. That made added, “who are leaving soon, three half - days wasted on there can be no consequences, Miguel's account. I stayed in but you must remember that all the next morning; still no for me who have to live here, clerk, so Miguel owed me two and for my brother-in-law, a whole days' work. At about foreigner too
At about foreigner too..." (José had twelve o'clock I went to beard been born ten miles away, and the judge in his own home. was thus counted foreigner in A cobbler showed me the way village estimation). into a large cool entrance-hall I set her at her ease, and floored with black and white indeed I could do nothing tiles surrounded with marble else. Miguel might now be pillars. There was
was nobody considered to hold the winning about, so I went up to the cards, with the judge a volunfirst floor and rapped on the tary refugee in bed and the nearest door. It was opened one witness recalcitrant. I had by a fat woman with a thickly vaguely threatened the British powdered face and an unwel- Consul, but that was the wildest coming expression.
bluff. He would not disturb “I would see the judge," I himself for a fool of an Englishsaid.
man who didn't accept thirty“Are you the foreigner ?” five pesetas from an Andalucian she asked.
when they were offered. Yet 'Yes.”
I did hate to confess myself 'You cannot see the judge. beaten. He has put himself sick.” 1 There are plenty of friendly And the door was shut in my villages in Spain. But Granada face.
has a bad reputation, and During the morning I had Caldoz isn't a friendly village. been talking with Concha on It is talkative, though. the matter. She had been Heavens, in that little plaza most indignant about Miguel's before the posada the voices dishonest behaviour, had will. cease not night or day, but the ingly agreed to back me up, folk hold aloof from the visitor. and to witness the truth. But the trades-people have become on my return she met me with modernised to the extent that the ingratiating manner of a they take no interest in one, dog which has committed some and even the old woman who misdemeanour impossible to fries breakfast batter buñuelos keep hid. She begged my par- in the market - square never don, but now excused herself. responded to my advances. I The village would resent her had made one friend, the chembearing witness for a stranger. ist. He had called upon me
* Se ba puso enfermo.
almost at the beginning of my 24d. per tablet. His honse stay. He was introduced as was palatial, with broad carved Don Enrico the Apothecary, staircases, ornamented ceilings, and he further explained him- and some very decent old picself by saying that he believed tures inherited from his greatthat he was the only person grandfather. His daughters in the village who could under- played abominable music on a stand what I was up to. Don piano excruciatingly out of tune, Enrico, in fact, was a painter and his wife cooked the dinner. of considerable talent-a talent I had, of course, confided rendered useless by appalling in Don Enrico the progress taste. He had studied in the of the Miguel affair. He came Art School at Granada, but in after supper, and I told latterly had turned his atten- him of my double rebuff. Then tion to wood-carving. I was I added without thought, “ But childishly pleased to have a I know fellow in Paris. friend, and had been much Even if I don't get cash out struck by this open advance of of Miguel, he'll make a fine Don Enrico ; but after a time comic yarn of it for an English I found that his advances were paper. So I'll get something not so disinterested as I had out of it after all. And, of at first believed. He was en- course, the judge going to bed gaged on making a large cabi- is the cream of the joke!” net as a wedding present for Don Enrico guffawed insinhis daughter. The front was cerely. He sat on for a few being decorated with carved moments as if something were nudes copied from Bougereau ; tickling him. Then he bounced but for one part he needed up, seized his straw-hat, and accessory figures to fit a shape. saidThese his skill was unable to “Excuse me, dear friend, a design, and he had wormed few minutes only,” and bolted. himself into my friendship He came back after a time, partly in order to get a couple sat down once more, cleared his of free sketches from which throat, and said, with a nerhe could work. In spite of vous gigglethe fact that there were four “If you go to see the judge chemists in the village, Don to-morrow morning I think the Enrico made comfortable matter can be arranged." living with extremely little Do you know why the good work; and no wonder, if sick old British Press holds the ness is as prevalent as the little whole of the uncivilised part I have experienced would prove of the Continent in terror ? Spanish curative methods still You could yell threats about prefer magic potions to hygiene, the French Press or the German and Don Enrico charged up to Press till you were blue, and 500 per cent profit on his goods, not a shiver would you get; selling aspirin, for instance, at but wave the poor old 'Times
or the 'Morning Post' before give the story to an English them, and their blood runs journalist; so that the more cold. What on earth possible trouble I get the more amusing damage could the high bug-a- will be the account.
By the bugs of Caldoz fear from a way, I hope, Señor Judge, pillory in the British Press ? that you are feeling better However, it made them quake; to-day.” so much the better for me.
This set them all wringing I went in the morning to their hands. the judge's office, to find a “No, no!" they cried. sort of judicial committee You mustn't write about us. awaiting me. There was the Please write about something judge's secretary, who was of else.” the biltong brand ; there was “Well," I answered, “I must the unshaven man of gigantic get my recompense somehow. volume, a Bologna sausage And," I added mendaciously, type; and there was the judge “I can write to the British himself.
Consul, too. That will make a The secretary at once harked lot of trouble. Believe me, it back to the smallness of the will be much simpler to make sum in dispute.
“What does Miguel pay up." it matter," he remonstrated, “ We have no power over “five pesetas this way or that” Miguel," grumbled the judge. I've noticed the habit in Span
will pay soon iards before
it always means enough if he thinks he may this way, but never that, so I lose the case," I returned. retorted
“I am sure that a hint from "All right; persuade Miguel the Señor Judge will" " I to give me forty-five pesetas, waved my hand. and I'll be satisfied.”
“But only five pesetas," “Ah, no,” he said, annoyed. wailed the judge. “You know what I mean." I answered nothing.
“I explained all that to “Five pesetas, my dear sir," the Señor Judge,” I said. expostulated the Bologna.
“But five pesetas,” ejacu- “Think of the trouble, sir, lated the fat man.
of the possible delay," urged “Why not say as much to the biltong. Miguel ?"
I only shrugged my shoulders. “ You will have a lot of A Latin understands talk, he trouble," remonstrated the blooms in eloquence, but human judge. “ You will have to silence is sinister to him. The come to this office several judge, his clerk, and the portly times; you will have to go adviser were worried men. They into the courts ; and in the floated between the Scylla of end you may not win." making a fellow - villager pay
“I don't mind how much up and the Charybdis of the trouble I take," I said. “I'll British Consul and the ridicule