not carry much canvas, and delayed the rest of the squadron.
So Belding arranged it; and Mercedes flew away to her room to write, while Nell fetched pen and paper and seated herself beside Gale's bed to take his dictation.
What with watching Nell and trying to catch her glance, and listening to Belding's talk with the cowboys, Dick was hard put to it to dictate any kind of a creditable letter. Nell met his gaze once, then no more. The color came and went in her cheeks, and sometimes, when he told her to write so and so, there was a demure smile on her lips. She was laughing at him. And Belding was talking over the risks involved in a trip to Casita.
"Shore I'll ride in with the letters," Ladd said.
"No you won't," replied Belding. "That bandit outfit will be laying for you."
"Well, I reckon if they was I wouldn't be oncommon grieved."
"I'll tell you, boys, I'll ride in myself with Carter. There's business I can see to, and I'm curious to know what the rebels are doing. Laddy, keep one eye open while I'm gone. See the horses are locked up....Gale, I'm going to Casita myself. Ought to get back tomorrow some time. I'll be ready to start in an hour. Have your letter ready. And say--if you want to write home it's a chance. Sometimes we don't go to the P. O. in a month.
He tramped out, followed by the tall cowboys, and then Dick was enabled to bring his letter to a close. Mercedes came back, and her eyes were shining. Dick imagined a letter received from her would be something of an event for a fellow. Then, remembering Belding's suggestion, he decided to profit by it.
"May I trouble you to write antoher for me?" asked Dick, as he received the letter from Nell.
- fowls, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and cattle; the order
- The fact that he got through his supines without mistake
- on the laurels and fir-trees, till it fell from them with
- “Now, then, come with me into the study, Maggie,” said
- was scarcely superior to an English cottager. At night
- learn my lessons. See here! what I’ve got to do,” said
- scarlet clusters with branches of the black-berried ivy.
- the mind a sheet of white paper or a mirror, in which case
- was anxious to examine a reported coal-mine which turned
- “I think all women are crosser than men,” said Maggie.
- so acquire Mr. Stelling’s approbation, by standing on
- But one day, when he had broken down, for the fifth time,
- ‘beware’ for nothing.” They were soon anxious for
- Euclid. But his faith broke down under the apparent absence
- have arisen from Mr. Stelling’s continued demand for
- a shuddering sound; it clothed the rough turnip-field with
- reason we have seen so many parrots lately; the cheucau
- given ripple, he could guess to a fraction how many lengths
- nurse was occupied with the sickly baby. It was quite a
- journey, and beginning to see the world. It was Mr. Tulliver’s
- often among the blooms beneath the great moon—the black-haired,
- his head moderately against the wall, or any voluntary
- “Yes, but if you’re a nasty disagreeable thing I shall
- on” her brother, had the good-natured submissiveness
- at our arrival, and said one to the other, “This is the
- irrelevant. It was doubtless an ingenious idea to call
- distinguishes the British man from the foreign brute? But
- split trunk of an ash-tree in order to cure lameness in
- that she might honestly give him the answer that he demanded.
- pretty employment for Tom to take little Laura out in the
- all the windows and mantlepieces and picture-frames on
- was going to stay with him. Her conceit would soon be overawed
- In the afternoon we paid our respects to the governor —
- life, and on the strength of that knowledge would have
- into his brain, anything so abstract as the relation between
- stay a fortnight. Maggie thought Mr. Stelling was a charming
- or hedges under water, many fish which are left on the
- what a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!
- accepted our own sense of existence and our own limbs.
- But the dreary half-year did come to an end. How glad Tom
- was the especial pride and joy of My Dear and Meriem. The
- of all help when he got into the irregular verbs. It seemed
- about like an animated mop. But the revolutions round the
- turned on her supposed oddity was not at all to Maggie’s
- Even as he realized the fact, the quarry vanished, and
- — like strange horns of beasts, and leaves of unknown
- Tom seized the book and opened it with a determined and
- it had always been since Tom could remember; it was only
- the great caravan routes entering the Sahara from the south.
- of Tom’s contemptuous insistence that the singers were