Had Him There.
There were three or four unoccupied seats in the car, but he stood for a moment, grip in hand, near the door, and then walked to a seat in which a young lady sat alone, and sat dawn beside her with an impudence that astounded all other passengers. The girl looked at him and around the car, and evidently realised the situation, for she took pencil and tablet from her reticule and made ready for him. After about five minutes the man turned to her and observed—
“ Beg pardon if 1 am mistaken, but don’t you live at Utica ?” She looked up in a furtive way, and then wrote on the tablet and banded him—
“ I arn deaf and dumb.” “ Ah, by George ! ” he sighed as he 'cad it; “ that’s too bad I Deuced pretty girl to have such a misfortune. Well, I'm left, after all my smartness. Saw her at the window before I got on, and carried out the plan to a dot. Deaf and dumb, eh ? First one I ever struck 1 ”
He nodded his head to her to signify that he understood, and he would have been glad to change seats if he could have done so without loss of dignity. As the train thundered on he perused the contents of a couple of newspapers, yawned awhile, and then bought and finished a novel; and, finally, after a ride of four mortal hours, the whistle blew, and he reached for his grip with the remark:
“ I’ll be hanged if I ain’t glad this stupid ride has come to an end at last.”
“ Ditto ! ” quietly replied the girl, as she turned on him.
“You—you—l” he gasped, as he stood there looking down upon her with twelve kinds of emotion galloping over his countenance.
“ Good-bye! ” she said, and he backed out and dropped to the platform like a man retreating from a mule’s hind legs.— ‘ New York Sun,
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Had Him There., Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889, Supplement
Had Him There. Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889, Supplement
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