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Title: Harvard Stories - Sketches of the Undergraduate
Author: Post, Waldron Kintzing, 1868-1955
Language: English
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                          HARVARD STORIES


                     BY WALDRON KINTZING POST



    The Knickerbocker Press


    COPYRIGHT, 1893

    Electrotyped, Printed and Bound by
    The Knickerbocker Press, New York

    THE CLASS OF '90


I cannot expect any one to be interested in these stories who is not
interested in the scenes where they are laid. To you, my class-mates and
contemporaries, I need make no apology. We always gave each other freely
the valuable gift Burns asked of the gods; my shortcomings I shall learn
soon enough--especially if I have written anything false or pretentious.
But I feel sure that anything about Harvard, however imperfect, will not
be unwelcome to you--provided it is true. We are scattered far apart and
cannot often meet to talk over old times; perhaps these recollections
may partially serve at times, in the place of an old chum, to bring back
the days when we were all together. They are only yarns and pictures of
us boys; but you will think no worse of them for that. The higher
traditions of the old place I have dared in only one instance to

    "The great and the good in their beautiful prime
    Through those precincts have musingly trod,"

and for that we reverence, we glory in those precincts; is it
profanation to add that we also love them, because we ourselves have
rollicked through them, with Jack, Ned, and Dick?

One thing, however, I must say to you before you begin to read. You will
quickly see that I can claim little originality in the following
stories. They are almost all founded on actual occurrences of either our
own college life, or that of undergrads. before us. Some of the
incidents came under my own notice, others happened to men of whom I do
not even know the names, but who, I trust, will forgive my use of their
experiences. But let no one imagine that, in any of the characters, he
recognizes either himself or any one else. No one of us enters into
these pages,--though I have tried to draw parts of all.

Among you also, my older brothers, I hope to find readers. There have
been changes and developments since you were in college; many old
institutions have passed away and new ones taken their places; there may
be features in these sketches that you will not recognize; but in the
main, Alma Mater is still the same. Holworthy, with all its memories,
still gazes contemplatively down the green leafy Yard; the same old
buildings flank it on either hand. The white walls of University still
look across to the aged pair, Massachusetts and her partner, the head of
the family. The latter still rears his sonorous crest (in spite of all
your historic efforts to silence it); and is it not Jones who rings the
bell? The river is there, the elms are there; above all, the
undergraduate is there, and oh, reverend grads., from the tales I have
heard ye tell, I opine that the undergraduate is still the same. If I
can recall him to you in these sketches, if I can make one of you say,
"That is like old times," I shall have done all that I hope.



The shadow of Massachusetts had reached across the Yard almost to
University Hall, which fact, ye who are ignorant of Harvard topography,
means that it was late in the afternoon. Hollis Holworthy was stretched
in his window seat with a book, of which, however, he was not reading
much, as his room was just then in use as a temporary club. It was the
month of November, but Holworthy kept the window open to let out the
volume of pipe smoke kindled by his gregarious friends. He and his chum
Rivers had an attractive room on the Yard, up only one flight of stairs,
and these little gatherings were apt to come upon them frequently. The
eleven was going to Springfield next day, so the foot-ball practice on
that afternoon had been short, and several of Holworthy's "gang" who had
been watching it had dropped into the room on their way back from Jarvis
Field. They were a typical set of Harvard men, hailing from various and
distant parts of the nation, and of various characters; yet all very
much alike in certain respects, after three years together around that
Yard. Rivers, part owner of the room, who had been playing foot-ball,
came in after the rest and announced joyfully that he had been
definitely assigned to the position of guard on the team.

"Sorry to hear it," growled Billy Bender, who was captain of the
University crew. "You are sure to get a bad knee or something, and be
spoiled for the boat. I lost two good men by foot-ball last year. If I
had my way I wouldn't let any of the rowing men play the confounded

"If you had your way, you old crank," said Holworthy, "you'd strap every
man in college fast to an oar. Then you would stand over them and crack
a whip and have a bully time. You would have made a first-rate galley

"I am tired to death of talking and hearing nothing but the game,"
declared Hudson. "I move to lay it on the table. There is nothing new to
guess about it. I don't see how we can lose, and you don't see how we
can lose, and no one sees how we can lose."

"That is apt to be the case at just this time," remarked Holworthy. "Two
days from now our vision may be woefully cleared up."

"Shut up, you old croaker," cried Burleigh, throwing a sofa cushion at
his host. The cushion knocked the book from Holworthy's hand and out of
the window.

"You go down and get that now, you pretty, playful child," said
Holworthy, indignantly. "Oh, thank you, yes, throw it up, please," he
continued to someone outside. "Much obliged. No, Rattleton isn't here. I
believe he went out for a ride."

"Who's that?" asked Randolph, as Holworthy drew in his head, having
caught the book.

"Varnum, the coxswain."

"What the deuce does he want with Jack Rattleton?" queried Burleigh.

"I am sure I don't know," answered Holworthy, "but he and Jack are great
pals, you know."

"What!" exclaimed Bender, who was not one of Rattleton's intimate
friends, "Varnum and Rattleton? That is the funniest combination I ever
heard of. The quietest, hardest worker in college, and the worst

"You are wrong there," said Holworthy. "If you knew Jack as well as the
rest of us do, you'd know he was the best loafer in college."

"I believe that good-for-nothing chap would get up in the middle of the
night to be hanged for any one of us," added Rivers.

"I am not sure about the middle of the night," said Hudson, doubtfully.
"At any rate if he was to be hanged for it himself, he wouldn't get up
before nine in the morning."

"How did he happen to get thick with Varnum?" inquired Bender.

"First they sat next to each other in some course," explained Holworthy.
"One day Jack was out in his dog-cart, I believe, and met Varnum walking
and picked him up. Jack was a Sophomore then, but a pretty good sort of
a Soph., and I think he was rather surprised and interested at
discovering that there were men in this University outside of his own
little set, and of a new kind."

"That fellow Varnum is a rattler," said Rivers. "Hardly anyone knows him
except the crew men, and, I suppose, some of his Y. M. C. A. pals. He
has been making an awfully sandy fight of it, I can tell you, working
his way all through college. Why, do you know, that chap came up with
just two dollars and forty cents in his pocket!"

"There are lots of men doing just that sort of thing," declared Ernest
Gray, a sympathetic, enthusiastic little man. "Some day we'll be proud
of having been in the same class with some of those fellows. It's a
shame that we don't know all about all of 'em."

"Oh, well," said Burleigh, consolingly, "we can always let people think
we were hand in glove with the great men. 'Know him? Why he was a
classmate of mine'--all that sort of thing, you know."

"Yes," said Dick Stoughton, "it's a comfort to reflect that we can
always blow about them without taking the trouble to hunt them up now."

"Awful nuisance to chase up incipient and impecunious merit," added

"I suppose that's why you helped Jack Rattleton take care of Varnum when
he was sick. Why do you affected fools always want to cover up the
precious little good you have got in you?" demanded Gray, in a mixture
of sorrow and anger.

"One reason why they do it," said Holworthy, "is to make you flare up,
you little powder keg. Haven't you got used to it yet, after three

"Varnum is a first-rate coxswain, anyway," said Captain Bender, coming
down to his regular estimate of worth. "I ran across him last year when
I was looking for a light man to steer. It's lucky I did, too; for there
was a great dearth of rudder-men. This little firebrand Gray would have
wrecked the 'Varsity crew to a certainty. I watched him in the class
races last year--he came near grabbing stroke's oar and trying to pull
himself. He nearly killed his men yelling at them in the first mile."

"I should think he did," ejaculated Randolph, who had rowed in his class

"Well, we won, anyway," said Gray in defence.

"You bet we did," said Randolph, "and we tossed Gray in a blanket during
the celebration just to show there was no hard feeling, and give him all
the honors due to any coxswain."

"I hope Varnum won't be too busy to steer this year," said Bender. "He
has a lot to do always."

While this conversation was going on in Holworthy's room, the subject of
it, the man who "had a lot to do," continued on his way through the
Yard. Varnum's financial struggles had not been exaggerated by Rivers.
He had come up to college with almost nothing, except the clothes that
he wore and a strong heart under them. He had received help at starting
from the loan fund; by means of one of the numerous scholarships,
tutoring, and careful economy he had succeeded in clearing his debt by
his senior year. In the summer vacations he had supported himself and
laid up a little money, by all sorts of employments, from that of a
clerk in a country store to that of foremast hand on a yacht. Though he
worked at his studies hard enough to keep the necessary scholarship, he
was not a very high stand man. He was interested in some of the mission
work in Boston, and gave a great deal of time to "slumming."

During the last year, too, he had made a little spare time for steering
the University crew; for he found this to be a good relaxation from his
work, and, besides, it brought him in contact with men whom he would not
otherwise have met, many of them well worth knowing. He was not the sort
of man to make friends easily, in fact he had no really intimate
companion; but the man to whom he had been most attracted was one of
entirely opposite character, training, and associates. His friendship
with Jack Rattleton, which had been the subject of the conversation in
Holworthy's room, was not an uncommon case of the attraction of
extremes. Rattleton's weak nature was easily drawn to a strong one, and
on the other hand "Lazy Jack Rat" was a source of amusement and interest
to Varnum.

The latter once in telling Rattleton about himself had said laughingly,
"My father was very much opposed to my trying to work through Harvard.
He had terrible ideas about the old place; said it was a rich man's
college, and if I got through it at all I should learn nothing but
extravagance and evil. I have rather changed his notions now, I think;
but, Rattleton, I should be afraid to show you to him, as my nearest
approach to a friend."

"Why," the ingenuous Rattleton had replied, opening his mild eyes as
though a little hurt as well as wondering; "I dare say I am an ass, but
I don't do you any harm, do I?"

"Not a bit," answered Varnum, smiling; "on the contrary, you do me lots
of good. Horrible example, you know; but if my old father ever comes to
see me, don't offer to take him out in that dog-cart of yours."

"Why, it is perfectly safe," Jack had declared; "and I should be very
glad to give him a drive."

As Varnum left the Yard and turned into the Square, he saw a tall thin
figure approaching, astride of a diminutive polo pony, and followed by a
brindled bull-terrier. Why do the men with the longest legs always ride
the smallest horses, while the little men invariably perch up aloft on
the tallest animal they can find? The long-legged rider put his
ill-matched steed into a canter when he saw Varnum, and pulled up
alongside of him.

"Hullo, Varnum," he called with a little drawl; "while I think of it,
here's that five I owe you for tutoring. Why didn't you remind me of it

"I have just been looking for you to dun you," answered Varnum. "I want
a little cash very much just at present, so I am not going to tell you
to wait until any time that is convenient."

"Fool if you did," said Jack. "No time is ever convenient with me.
Somehow or other I seem to be hard up all the time. Oh, you needn't
laugh. I know I have rather more to spend than most fellows out here,
but that doesn't help me a bit when I've spent it. You needn't grin at
this nag either, you old monk, it hasn't been mine for some time. I had
to give it to that robber Flynn, the livery-man, for his bill. Don't
seem to have made much on the transaction, though, because now I have to
hire the beast. Flynn has my horse, hang him, and somehow I've still got
his bill."

"There is no doubt about it, Rattleton," said the other; "you will be
renowned as a philosopher some day. You keep discovering great truths
all the time."

"Are you going to the game?" asked Rattleton, turning the subject.

"That would be a useless question to ask most men," said Varnum; "it is
equally useless to ask me. Of course I am not."

"Not?" exclaimed Jack. "Nonsense! You're not going to stay all by
yourself here in Cambridge? Come now, old grind, do take a day off."

"No," said Varnum, a little sadly, shaking his head; "I can't do it. I
can't spare either the time or the money. Besides I have something on my
hands that I can't drop just at present."

"Bet I know," said Rattleton. "It is some of your confounded indigent
kid business. Of course, that sort of thing is bully and I admire you
for it, you know, and all that; but I should think you might leave the
indigents alone for one day."

"Well, you see I am one myself," laughed Varnum. "Really I can't afford
it, so I don't deserve any credit for sticking by the other paupers."

"The special rates to Springfield are very low," urged Jack. "I tell you
what you can do;--just what I'm going to do. Bet your expenses on the
game and then it will all be on Yale."

"And if we lose?" queried Varnum.

"Oh, well, if we lose, we'll only be hard up, just as we are now," was
the assuring response.

"I see I have not been tutoring you in Pol. Econ. for nothing," said
Varnum. "No, Rattleton, I'd give anything I could afford to see that
game, but I can't afford anything, so don't stir me up about it."

"All right, have your own way. Come 'round and dine with me to-night."

Varnum assented, and Rattleton, calling out to his dog, "come along,
Blathers," rode off to the stables. On the way to his room to change his
clothes he met the other men of his club table going from Holworthy's
room to dinner. He told them that Varnum was coming to his table, and
warned them not to talk constant foot-ball all through dinner.

"I wish I could help that chap out somehow," he said, discontentedly;
"he has got on to the tutoring dodge. He won't tutor me now, except when
there is an hour exam. coming, and he knows I have got to go to somebody
to be put through if I don't come to him."

On the following day the Harvard forces began to move on Springfield.
The game was to be played on Saturday, but many men went on Friday
afternoon, for there is great joy to be had in Springfield on the eve of
battle. The Glee Club always gives a concert, after which there is a
very fine ball, one of the Springfield Assemblies, I believe. There is
also apt to be another ball, a "sociable" of the something-or-other
coterie. Holworthy and Gray were on the Glee Club, and were going to the
Assembly. The others decided to go to Springfield on that night also,
and attend the other ball.

"Down with the bloated silk-stockings," declared Burleigh. "Let the
kid-gloved dudes dally with the pampered aristocracy. We are the people;
we'll go where we can turn in our waistcoats, stick our sailor-knots in
our shirt fronts, and be right in the top flight!"

The Glee Club men had rooms engaged. Hudson was on the shooting-team,
and therefore also had a room secured, and the two Jacks, Rattleton and
Randolph, were going on one of the club sleeping-cars. Burleigh and
Stoughton had no rooms, but were willing to take their chances of
getting one. Indeed, these two very rarely failed on an expedition of
this sort in getting the best of everything. They were both sons of the
energetic West, besides which Stoughton was famed for his craft, and was
the recognized Ulysses of "the gang." They had a very effective method
of working together in a crowd. Ned Burleigh was six feet three, and his
weight had never been accurately ascertained by his friends. Dick
Stoughton, on the other hand, was of a slight and active build. On
arriving at any town where there was a rush for the hotels, Burleigh
would breast the crowd with all the weight of his broad front.
Stoughton, following close at his back with both the portmanteaus, would
swing them, one on each side of Burleigh's legs, about knee high. Thus
they would cut their way through any crowd, and arriving at its front,
Ned would take the baggage and come along by slow freight, while Dick
dashed for the hotel.

This manoeuvre was successfully executed at Springfield, and Stoughton
secured the last room at the Massasoit House.

The Glee Club concert in the evening was a great success, and after it
was over the respectable element, consisting of Gray and Holworthy,
passed a very delightful evening at the Assembly ball. So, I grieve to
record, did the low-toned members of "the gang" at the other ball. At
the _soirée_ of the Social Club, Ned Burleigh obtained control of the
cotillion early in the evening. With Rattleton and Stoughton as right
hand men, he introduced many new and pleasing figures of his own
invention. In some way these three got unto themselves huge and gorgeous
badges, labelled "Floor Committee," and managed the whole affair with
wild success. Randolph, who came from the Sunny South, and "Colonel"
Dixey, of Kentucky, picked up one or two Yale men from their section of
the country, and organized an extempore Southern Club. If the governors
of the Carolinas had been with them, those celebrated dignitaries, I
suspect, would have experienced none of their proverbial trouble. As the
evening wore on, the Southern Club, in a true brotherly spirit, extended
its privileges to all the states and territories of the Union, and
initiated each new member. Hudson, at first, was disconsolate, for he
was on the shooting-club team that next day was to shoot a clay-pigeon
match against Yale before the game. He had strict orders to go to bed
early, and keep his eye clear for the next morning. At Dick Stoughton's
able suggestion, however, he hunted up a member of the Yale
shooting-team, and agreed to pair off with him. The excellence of this
fair parliamentary procedure forcibly struck all the representative
shots of both universities, except the captains. The captains of both
teams at first stormed, and swore that none of their men who stayed up
late or indulged in other startling innovations on the eve of battle,
should be allowed to shoot on the morrow. When they found, however, that
all their substitutes had "paired" also, they went off arm in arm, and
were found later in a corner with a large earnest bottle between them.
Altogether, as Burleigh said, "it was a very enjoyable occasion."

Next morning the clay-pigeon match came off, as usual, on the grounds of
the Springfield Gun Club. It resulted in a close and glorious victory
for Harvard, as the Yale team shot a little bit worse. It was a rather
costly triumph, however, for both teams with their supporters drove back
in a barge to the Massasoit House, and there had another meeting at the
expense of the victors. Those Harvard-Yale shooting-matches are a very
pleasant sport, and prolific of the best of feeling.

Before it was time to start for the battle-ground at Hampden Park,
certain financial transactions took place at the hotel. The slender
balance at the Cambridge National Bank, standing in the name of John
Rattleton, had been wiped out on the previous day, and most of it was
now deposited at the office of the Massasoit House in the joint names of
J. Rattleton and a man from New Haven, to become later the sole property
of one or the other. As Jack turned away from the clerk's desk, he met
the steady Holworthy face to face, and looked guilty.

"Have you been betting all your quarter's income as usual, you jackass?"
demanded Holworthy.

"No, only what is left of it," said Rattleton. "Might as well. If I
didn't bet it, I should have to lend it all to the rest of the gang, if
we get beaten. And suppose we win, as we are almost sure to, and I
hadn't taken a blue cent out of New Haven, and had to pay for my own
celebration; how should I feel then?" he demanded, triumphantly.

"Will you ever grow up?" asked Holworthy, shaking his head. "Don't come
running to me if we get thrashed, that is all. I hope you have kept your
return ticket to Cambridge."

"Oh, yes, I have that," answered Rattleton, reassuringly; "and I have
twenty-five dollars that I sha'n't put up unless I can get it up even.
These fellows want odds here, but I think I can find even money on the

The Yale men are prudent bettors, however, and Jack did not "find even
money" at Hampden Park. In fact, at the last minute he could not get a
taker at any odds that even he was willing to offer. So he kept his last
twenty-five dollars, and took his seat with his friends, feeling that he
had not done his full duty.

All the morning the trains from New Haven, from Boston, from New York,
from everywhere within a six-hour radius, had been pouring their heavy
loads into Springfield. The north side of Hampden Park was a
crimson-dotted mass, nearly ten thousand strong; the south side was
equally banked up with blue, and the two colors ran into each other at
the ends. It is never weary waiting for the foot-ball game to begin,
when the weather is good. It is amusing to see the grads come swarming
to the standard. Familiar and popular faces turn up, that have been out
of college only a year or two, and their owners are greeted
enthusiastically by their late companions. There, too, come numbers of
faces far more widely known, those of governors, congressmen, judges,
architects, and clergymen. Other faces, not so conspicuous, are
apparently equally interesting over the top of glowing bunches of
Jacqueminots, or of violets, as the case may be. Jack Rattleton's
terrier Blathers, who was rarely separated from his master on any
occasion, took more interest in a big dog with a blue blanket on the
other side of the field, a familiar figure at recent foot-ball games.

At about half past two o'clock a great cheer rolled simultaneously along
both sides of the field, and there trotted into the lists twenty-two
young specimens of this "dyspeptic, ice-water-drinking" nation. It is
sometimes said that Americans are overworked and deteriorated from the
physical standard of the race; but as these youths of the Western branch
pulled off their sweaters and faced each other, they did not look a very
degenerate brood. Harvard had the ball and formed a close "wedge," Yale
deployed in open line of battle. For a moment they stood there, all
crouching forward, their heads well down, their great limbs tense, all
straining for the word to spring at each other. There was not a sound
around the field. "Play!" called the referee, and the Harvard wedge shot
forward, and crashed with a sound of grinding canvas into the mass of
blue-legged bodies that rushed to meet it.

For nearly three quarters of an hour the mimic battle was fought back
and forth along the white-barred field. All the tactics of war were
there employed; the centre was pierced, the flanks were turned, heavy
columns were instantaneously massed against any weak spot. It was even,
very even; but at last a long punt and a fumble gave Harvard the ball,
well in the enemy's territory. A well-supported run around the right end
by Jarvis, the famous flying half-back, two charges by Blake the
terrible line-breaker, and a wedge bang through the centre drove the
ball to Yale's five-yard line. Another gain of his length by the tall
Rivers. Another. Then with their backs on their very line the Yale men
rallied in a way they have. Down, no gain. Now for one good push or a
drop kick! Time. The first half of the game was over and neither side
had scored.

"Everything is lovely," declared Hudson. "We'll have the wind with us
next half. We've had the best of it so far, as it is. It's a sure thing
now." That was the general feeling among the Harvard supporters, and
every one was happy. To the excited spectators the interval was a
grateful relief, almost a necessary one to little Gray, who was nearly
beside himself. He moaned every now and then over his physical inability
to carry the Crimson in the lists.

After fifteen minutes' rest, the giants lined up again. The wind did
seem to make a difference, for the play from the start was in Yale's
ground. Jarvis the runner, who had been saved a good deal in the first
half, was now used with telling effect.

Within fifteen minutes, an exchange of punts brought the ball to Yale's
thirty-yard line. After three downs Spofford dropped back as though for
a kick, and the Yale full-back retreated for the catch. Instead of the
expected kick, Rivers the guard charged for the left end, and the blue
line concentrated on that point to meet him, when suddenly Jarvis, with
the ball tucked under his arm, was seen going like a whirlwind around
the right, well covered by his supports. The Yale left-end was knocked
off his legs, and the whole crimson bank of spectators rose to its feet
with a roar, as it realized that Jarvis had circled the end. The Yale
halfs had been drawn to their right, and every one knew that with Jarvis
once past the forwards, no one could run him down.

On he went at top speed for the longed-for touch-line. The full-back,
however, was heading him off, he had outrun his interferers, and a Yale
'Varsity full-back is not apt to miss a clear tackle in the open. They
came together close to the line. Just as his adversary crouched for his
hips, Jarvis leaped high from the ground, and hurled himself forward,
head first. The Yale man, like a hawk, "nailed" him in the air, but his
weight carried him on, and they both fell with a fearful shock--over the
line! The next minute they were buried under a pile of men.

Then did all the Harvard hosts shout with a mighty shout that made the
air tremble. For five minutes dignified men, old and young, cheered and
hugged each other, and acted as they never do on any other occasion,
except perhaps a college boat-race. The two elevens had grouped around
the spot where the touch-down had been made. Suddenly the pandemonium
ceased as the knot of players opened, and a limp form was carried out
from among them. "It's Jarvis!" ran along the crowd, followed by an
anxious murmur. A substitute ran back to the grand stand and shouted,
"nothing serious, only his collar-bone." Those near the place where the
plucky half-back was borne off the field could see that his face was
pale, but supremely happy, and he smiled faintly as he heard the cheers
of thousands, and his own name coupled with that of his Alma Mater.

The touch-down had been made almost at the corner too far aside for the
try for goal to succeed. Spofford's kick was a splendid attempt, but the
ball struck the goal post.

Then the battle began again. The Harvard team had suffered an
irreparable loss in the fall of the famous Jarvis, but the score was
four to nothing in its favor, and all it needed to do now was to hold
its own. The Crimson was on the crest, and it was for the Blue to come
up hill. Every one on the north side was elated and confident. Then
began a struggle grim and great. The Yale men closed up and went in for
the last chance. There was no punting for them now, the wind was against
them; but they had the heavier weight and well they used every ounce of
it. Steadily, as the Old Guard trod over its slain at Waterloo, did the
Blue wedge drive its way, rod by rod, towards the Harvard line. And as
the fierce red Britons tore at Napoleon's devoted column, so did the
Crimson warriors leap on that earth-stained phalanx. The rushers
strained against it, Blake would plunge into and stagger it, Rivers and
Spofford would throw their great bodies flat under the trampling feet,
and bring the whole mass down over them. At last there would be a waver
in the advance, three forward struggles checked and shattered, and on
the fourth down, the ball would be Harvard's. On the first line up with
the ball in Harvard's possession, would be heard the sound of Spofford's
unerring foot against the leather and the brown oval would go curving
and spinning over the heads of the rushers, far back into Yale's
territory, with the Harvard ends well under it. A great "Oh!" of relief
would go up from the north side. Then those Yale bull-dogs would begin
all over again. Again and again did they fight their way almost to the
Harvard line, only to be driven all the way back by a long Spofford

"How those Elis do fight!" exclaimed Gray in admiration. "Don't they,"
admitted Burleigh; "and isn't it nice to be able to be magnanimous and
admire them? What a lot of credit you can give a fellow when you are
licking him."

"Those chaps aren't thrashed yet, my boy," said Holworthy. "They won't
be, either, until the game is called, and, by Jove, they may not be

This observation was perfectly true. The Waterloo simile extended no
further than the appearance of battle. A Yale touch-down would tie the
game, and if made near the goal would probably win it. For the fourth
time the New Haven men struggled to the Cantabrigian twenty-yard line.
There had been many delays in the game, and the short November afternoon
had grown dark. A bad pass by the Harvard quarterback, a slip, a fumble
by Spofford, might turn the result. The time was nearly up. The cheering
had died almost entirely; the excitement was too deep for that, and
every one was too breathless. A short gain for Yale.

"Rattleton? Is Mr. Rattleton here?" called a messenger boy walking along
the front of the long stand.

"Hullo, here. What's wanted?" answered Jack.

"Telegram for you, sir," said the boy. Rattleton did not take his eyes
from the game while he tore open the envelope. Having opened it, he
glanced hurriedly at the message, then jumped to his feet with a
whistle. He had read:

     "Come to Massachusetts General Hospital immediately when back
     from game.


"When does the next train leave for Boston?" he asked the boy.

"There is one in a few minutes," was the answer.

"Whoop it up for me, children," he said to the others, "I've got to
leave. Come along, Blathers."

"Why, Jack, what's up?"

"I don't know. Varnum wants me," and he jumped to the ground, pulling
the dog after him. "The poor devil may be dying for all I know," he
added to himself, as he made for the gate; "but there is no need of
spoiling their fun by telling 'em."

He stretched his long legs for the station at a rate that made his
four-footed chum gallop to keep up with him. The train was just
starting. As he jumped aboard, he heard, from the direction of Hampden
Park, the distant roar of ten thousand throats. "Hear that?" he
exclaimed to the brakeman, "either the game is over or Yale has scored."
Not a very enlightening conclusion.

There was a dining-car on the train, and the sight of it reminded Jack
that he had had no lunch. He did not need to be reminded that he was
extremely thirsty also, and actually a little worn by the afternoon's
excitement. He entered the moving restaurant, and with one of his
accustomed happy thoughts at such moments, was about to order an
attractive lunch and a pint of champagne. Suddenly it occurred to him
that if that noise had gone up from the wrong side of Hampden Park, he
had just twenty-five dollars to carry him over the Christmas vacation
and through January. "Furthermore," he reflected, with a knowledge born
of bitter experience, "if that is the Eli yell, there won't be a
mother's son in Cambridge, that I know well enough to borrow from, who
will have any thing to lend,--except perhaps old father Hol. I suppose
he will step into the breach as usual and pay our car-fares, but he
can't support the whole gang. Hang it, I wish I was on an allowance
again; then the governor would pay my bills at Christmas and give me a
blowing up. This being my own paymaster isn't what I expected when I was
a Soph."

He concluded that a sandwich would support life until he got to Boston,
where he could find a precarious credit. He also decided that beer was
an excellent beverage, at any rate until he learned the result of the
game. After this unusually prudent repast he pulled a cigar out of his
pocket, and smoked it carefully in the thought that he might not have
another like it for some time--at his own expense. However, he
remembered consolingly that his half-colored meerschaum needed

The moment Jack arrived in Boston he jumped into a herdic and drove
straight to the hospital. He inquired for Varnum, and, after a little
red tape had been untied, was shown into one of the public wards.

At the end of a long room on a narrow bed was Varnum, looking very
white, his eyes closed. He opened them as Rattleton and the nurse
approached softly, and his face seemed to light up a little when he saw

"How was the game?" he asked, faintly.

"Splendid. Harvard four, Yale nothing," answered Jack, promptly. He did
not think it worth while to mention that he had left before the end.

"Good," murmured Varnum. "Bowled over by a wagon. Awfully sorry to bring
you here, Rattleton, but they thought at first I might be done for, and
I don't know any one----"

"Yes, I know, old man; cut all that," broke in Jack. "Don't tire
yourself talking. Is there anything I can do for you right away?"

"Yes. There is a sick boy at 62 Sloven Street. Tenement house. Jimmy
Haggerty. I promised to see him. There is a can of wine-jelly and a
book. They must have brought them here when they picked me up. Will you
take them to him and tell him that I am laid up? It is not exactly in
your line, Rattleton," he added, with a smile, "but it won't give you
much trouble."

"Not a bit," declared Jack, cheerfully. "Great play for Phil. XI., you
know. I can make a special report on the Sloven Street district, and it
ought to pull me through the course."

"You mustn't talk to him too long, sir," said the nurse.

"All right, I'll go right off. 62 Sloven St.--Haggerty. You make
yourself easy, old man, I'll look after all your indigent kids for you,
and I'll tell the other fellows you are here. I'll be back soon."

In answer to Rattleton's inquiries, the nurse told him how Varnum had
been knocked down and run over by a runaway team in a narrow street. He
had been brought to the hospital, and the doctors had at first thought
his injuries fatal. Subsequent examination, however, had proved that his
condition was not so serious. At his request the telegram had been sent
to Rattleton. Jack left directions to have Varnum put in a private room
when he could be moved, and every comfort given him. "And, by the way,"
he added, "don't let him know that there is any expense about it. If he
objects, tell him the public wards are chuck-full; tell him there is
small-pox in 'em; tell him any good lie that occurs to you. Send the
bill to me."

The jelly and the book had not been brought in the ambulance, and no one
knew anything about them. So Rattleton, stopping at the hospital office
for Blathers, who had been there deposited, went first to a hotel, for
all the shops were closed. From the restaurant he replaced the
wine-jelly, and added some cake and a bottle of champagne. "I don't know
much about what a sick boy ought to have," he thought, "but fizz is
always good."

At the newspaper-stand he bought all the picture papers, and found a
colored edition of nursery rhymes, which he concluded would be just the
thing. "Now we are all right," he said, "come along, Blathers."

Jack had been very ready and cheerful about his mission when talking to
Varnum, but he had misgivings about it as he took his way to Sloven
Street, in the heart of the poorest tenement-house district. "I suppose
it is easy enough just to leave this stuff and come away," he thought;
"but I am sure to make some fool break." He knew there were lots of men
in college who "went in for that sort of thing"; but he had had no
experience of that kind himself, and Varnum was the only man he knew
well, who had. He had a vague idea that Varnum held prayer-meetings
among the poor, and preached as well as ministered, and he feared he
might be called upon to do something of the kind himself.

It was quite dark, so he heard only one or two requests to shoot the
dude, as he was passing lamp-lights, and to his infinite relief nothing
was thrown at Blathers. He had expected certainly to have a row on the
dog's account. In front of 62 Sloven Street he found a small boy smoking
a cigarette, and inquired from him whether Jimmy Haggerty lived within.

"Sure!" assented the youngster, removing the cigarette from his lips and
holding the lighted end for Blathers to smell. "Is you one o' de
Ha'vards?" "Ye-es," acknowledged Jack, doubtfully, feeling that he was
deceiving the little man; for he suspected that he was not exactly the
kind of "a Ha'vard" that was expected in those quarters.

"Well say, how did de game come out? I ain't seen de bulletin-boards."

Jack's heart leaped towards the boy at once; he discovered that there
was a bond of sympathy between them after all.

"I don't know," he answered; "I came away before the end. It was four to
nothing in our favor then."

"Chamesy Haggerty lives on de tird floor. I'll show ye up." Jack
followed his pilot up the dark, smelly stairs, answering questions all
the way as to the foot-ball game.

"A-ah, ye can't do notin' widout Jarvis," commented the youngster, upon
hearing of the half-back's injury.

"Dat's a nice lookin' purp yer got," he said, eyeing Blathers, as they
arrived at the third floor. "Guess he's a good 'un to fight, ain't he?
Le 'me take care of him for yer, while you're inside."

Jack did not accept this kind offer. His guide, pointing to a door,
said: "Well, dat's Chimmie's. I ain't goin' in, 'cause he's got scarlet

"The devil he has!" exclaimed Jack.

"Yare; leastways dat's what dey all say. Wait till I get down-stairs
'fore yer open de door." And with a vain whistle to Blathers he
disappeared down-stairs.

Rattleton knocked at the door indicated as "Chimmie's," and opened it in
response to a voice within. The small room was pretty well lighted by a
lamp, the first thing that Jack's eye fell on. It was Varnum's
student-lamp; Jack knew it at once from a caricature he had himself
drawn on the shade. A hard-faced, slovenly old woman was sitting near a
stove, and looked at him in surprise as he entered.

"Is this Mrs. Haggerty?" he asked.

"I am," she answered; "what do you want?"

"Mr. Varnum sent these things," replied Rattleton. "He couldn't come
himself because he has been hurt, and is in the hospital."

"Is that so? Sure, I'm sorry to hear that," said the woman with real
regret in her tone. "Mr. Varnum has been kind to us, I tell you. He's
helped me with my boy Jimmy here ever since he's been sick."

"Dat's too bad," complained a thin voice from the corner. On the other
side of the lamp was a bed, from under the dirty quilt of which
protruded a little pale face. "Ain't he coming to read to me? What's de
matter wid him?"

Jack explained, with an accompaniment of sympathetic "tut-tuts" from the
woman and more forcible expressions from the sick boy.

"I'm obliged to him for the things," said the former, as Rattleton
handed her his burden. She looked at the bottle with a puzzled and
half-frightened air.

"That's the first time ever Mr. Varnum give us anythin' like that. The
poor young feller must be dizzed, by the hurt of him. I'll hide that."
And to Rattleton's horror she shoved the bottle of Irroy under the

"Would you do me a bit of a favor, sir," she asked, "like Mr. Varnum
would do?"

"With pleasure,--that is if I can," answered Jack, cautiously, wondering
what she wanted, and with a dread that it might be in the nature of
religious services.

"I got to go out to see the doctor, and I'd take it friendly would you
sit wid th' boy, till I get back. I'll not be long."

"Why, yes, of course," said Rattleton, feeling how much worse it might
have been.

The woman took down her shawl, and throwing it over her head, drew out
the bottle she had just hidden, and tucked it under her arm out of
sight. "I'll ask the doctor whether this is good for the kid," she
muttered. "If Jamsey don't need it, I can sell it. I know some one else
it ain't good for."

Opening the door she first looked out cautiously, then hurried

"Wonder what I ought to do now?" thought Rattleton. Blathers was over at
the bed making friends with the patient.

"Dis your dog? nice one, ain't he. Is you one o' de student fellers?"

Jack admitted that he was, knowing that the word "student" was used in
its generic, not its strict sense.

"You're a friend o' Mr. Varnum's, eh? He's nice, ain't he?"

Rattleton agreed emphatically that Varnum _was_ "nice."

"Yare," continued the boy, "he's a daisy. He comes in and reads to me
all de time. Mr. Talcot, he comes too sometimes; but he ain't as nice as
Mr. Varnum. Hullo, you been to de game?"

This last question was elicited by the sight of the little bit of
crimson ribbon stuck through Rattleton's buttonhole,--an _insignium_
brought from the seat of war. In cheerful compliance with the demand to
hear all about it, Jack sat down by the bed, and recounted, as well as
he could, all the details of the afternoon's battle. He described
Jarvis' splendid run, and how he had scored and at the same time broken
his collar-bone in his great plunge for Harvard and glory. As he told of
it he thought of Varnum lying alone in the hospital.

"Would you like me to read to you?" suggested Jack, when the foot-ball
subject had been exhausted.

"You bet," assented the patient. "I ain't heard no readin' all day.
Mudder can't read; and Sis ain't been here."

"Here's a book I brought," said Rattleton, picking up the
bright-pictured nursery rhymes. "I don't know whether it's interesting,"
he added, doubtfully.

For a little while he read the classics of _Mother Goose_ in his gentle
drawl, until the boy interrupted him.

"Say, what sort o' baby's stuff is dat, anyhow? I don't t'ink much o'
dat. I'd sooner hear _Dare-Devil Dick_ dan dat."

"I am inclined to agree with you," replied Rattleton. "Really, you see,
I hadn't read this for so long that I had forgotten just what it was
like. Let's have _Dare-Devil Dick_."

"I ain't got it now. I give it away. Mr. Varnum, he gi' me a book he
said was better, and I guess it is. It's got an A-1 scrapper in it, too,
dat could do Dare-Devil Dick wid one hand. He didn't kill so many
people, but I t'ink he was a better feller. 'Dere it is at de foot o' de

Rattleton took up the book indicated. It was _Westward Ho!_ He sat down
again by the bed, and opened the book at a place where there was a mark.
Then the two went out from the little squalid room, and sailed away over
the Spanish Main with tall Amyas Leigh and his good men of Devon. For
over half an hour the little invalid street-arab and the hare-brained
Harvardian were both wrapped in the spell of the apostle to the
Anglo-Saxon youths.

Before Rattleton had finished reading he heard the door open and close,
and a rustle of skirts. Looking up he saw, not the old woman, but a
rather gaudily-dressed young one. Jack thought he had seen her face
before somewhere. That was quite possible, I regret to say.

"Hullo, Sis," said the boy. "Me sister," he explained to Rattleton. The
young woman looked with surprise at the latter, as he rose to his feet.
Her eye glanced at his stick and his bull terrier, and all over his
clothes, from his shoes up; then narrowly scrutinized the face of the
thoroughly uncomfortable youth. Though the shyest of men, this was the
first time he had ever felt very bashful in such a presence. Then she
asked, disdainfully, "What's one o' your kind doing here?"

Jack colored to his hair. "I--I don't know exactly, myself," he
stammered. "You see I came to take the place of my friend who is ill,"
he explained, apologetically.

"I know you now," said the girl, her look softening a little. "You're
the sport that done up Dutch Jake for kickin' a kid one night in
Stuber's restaurant."

"I _have_ been in there occasionally," Jack confessed. He was going to
add "I am sorry to say," but remembered that might be rude. "I promised
Mrs.--er--Mrs. Haggerty, to sit here until she returned," he continued,
"but I suppose I am not needed now?"

"No, much obliged to you, I'll stay with Jimmy till she gets back."

Jack took up his hat and stick, but paused a moment awkwardly as he
turned to leave.

"Would you--er--would you mind," he said, hesitatingly,
"my--er--my--er--my _lending_ a little money--for the boy, you know?"

The girl laughed bitterly. "I guess we can stand it," she said. "If you
never spent your money worse than that, I'm mistaken. You can give us
the tin. We ain't proud."

"Thanks," murmured Jack, vaguely feeling that he was being helped out of
an awkward attempt. He pulled out the contents of his pocket, both bills
and change. "I dare say you _will_ spend it better than I."

Just as he was handing the money to the girl, there was a knock on the
door, and in answer to her heedless "come in" a man entered. It was a
classmate, named Talcot, whom Jack knew only by sight as one of Varnum's
"Y. M. C. A. pals." He stopped in astonishment, and then frowned, as he
recognized Rattleton, and saw him giving the money.

"Mr. Rattleton, I believe?"

Jack looked him in the eye, and nodded stiffly.

"Don't you think, sir," asked the worthy student, with an indignant
sneer, "that you had better confine yourself to your expensive clubs,
and to your regular haunts in town?"

Jack colored again, the shade of his little ribbon; but this time it was
not a blush. He bit his lip for a moment, and gripped his stick hard.

"I am afraid I had," he said very slowly, as he moved towards the door.
"But I will tell you one thing, Mr. Talcot," he added as he paused in
the doorway. "I am an awful fool, I know, but I am not mean enough to
think that every damn fool must be a damn rascal. I will give you an
opportunity later to apologize. Good-night, Jimmy. Come along,
Blathers," and he strode down-stairs.

"Pheugh," puffed Rattleton, as he got out in the grateful fresh air
again. "I got it in the neck twice in that round. Guess I'd better keep
out of that kind of a ring hereafter."

He went back to the hospital, and found that Varnum was asleep, and
resting comfortably. "Now, by Jove, Blathers, we'll have dinner!" he
exclaimed, joyfully, as he left the hospital. "I'm nearly dead," he
thought, "we'll go to the Victoria and have a bang-up din, and a bot--No
we won't, either," he suddenly concluded, as he thrust his hands into
his pockets, "we'll go to Billy Parks." He had a bill at Park's. There
was also a fair prospect of his walking out to Cambridge that night,
unless he met a friend; for he had forgotten to keep even a car-fare.
Holworthy always declared that Rattleton would forget his head some day,
and Jack now expressed a fear of that nature himself, when he discovered
the void in his pockets.

Annoyance never chummed long with Jack Rattleton, however, and it had
left him by the time he got to Park's restaurant. He looked over the
bill-of-fare with the delight of anticipation and expended a good deal
of careful thought in his selection.

"Let's see, shall I fool with Little Neck clams? Yes, I can have those
while they are cooking the rest. Mock turtle soup, and then filets of
sole; they are mock, too, but they are very good. Then bring me some of
that chicken pasty. Yes, you can call it _vol-au-vent_ if you like, but
don't stick me extra for the name; I would just as lief eat it in
English. Then I want half a black duck. Tell the cook it is for me, and
I don't want coot. After that I'll decide as to the next course. Bring
me a half bottle of Mumm, and a long glass with chopped ice in it, and
bring that right away. Oh! by the way," he called, as the waiter was
starting off with the order, "find out at the desk how the game came
out. Gad, I'd nearly forgotten it!"

"Why, sir," replied the waiter, "haven't you heard? Too bad. Six to
four. Yale made a touch-down in the last five minutes, and kicked a goal
from it."

"Wha-at!" exclaimed Jack. "Hi! waiter! Hold on a minute; come back here!
Make that order one English chop and a mug of musty."


Holworthy had accepted an invitation to dine at the Tremonts' in Boston.
There was nothing remarkable about that; but so had Jack Rattleton, and
that _was_ remarkable. He had done so chiefly on Holworthy's account. He
rarely went anywhere in Boston society, as he held that to do so was a
waste of precious time given to him for a college education. He could
employ his evenings much better in Cambridge in his study, with a select
party, or in one of the clubs. True, he often went over the bridge; but
that, as he said, was always with some earnest purpose, such as a study
of the drama at the Howard Athenæum, or to attend a benefit of Prof.
Murphy or some other revered instructor. He never frittered away his
moments in the vapidity of a polite ballroom. Dinners he especially
abhorred (except, of course, serious masculine dinners); chiefly because
dinner engagements had to be kept, and worse, kept punctually. For that
reason they were, in Jack's estimation, as bad as lectures to a man on
probation. He had decided to bind himself to this dinner, however,
because he knew the Tremonts very well, and happened to know they were
going to invite Holworthy, and also happened to know that some one else
was going to be thereabout whom Holworthy did not like to be chaffed. He
foresaw a possible opportunity of "seeing Hol do the devoted and
breaking him up"; so for this benevolent purpose he determined to
sacrifice himself.

Now, Holworthy knew naught of this, and when Rattleton casually
mentioned to him that he (Jack) had been bidden to a dinner at the
Tremonts', and asked him for the most approved form for a lying regret,
he used all his powers of persuasion to make Rattleton accept. He
preached a sermon on the evil effects of Jack's Bohemian ways and
neglected opportunities. He said he was going to that same dinner and
would bring Jack back in a cab. Finally, after much objection, and after
getting as many bribes out of his mentor as possible, Rattleton agreed
to go, and also agreed to do his best not to be late.

On this latter point Hollis spent half an hour. He insisted, and
impressed upon Jack in every way, that a man could do nothing more
outrageous than to keep his hostess waiting for him for dinner.
Holworthy, it may be observed, had been brought up with old-fashioned
ideas of good breeding. His father had taught him never to fail, or be
late at a dinner or a duel, if once engaged for either. He cautioned
Rattleton not to put his faith in excuses, for they were always weak and
as naught. "Everybody," said he, "knows you are lying, and you know that
they know you are lying, and they know that you know that they know you
are lying."

"That's so," acknowledged Jack, with a melancholy shake of his head. "At
one time, when I went in for these vanities, I used to have some pretty
good excuses, but they are all played out now. I have broken down every
cab in Cambridge, given every horse the blind staggers, and ruined the
reputation for sobriety of every driver. I have broken my own leg once
or twice, and limped painfully into the room; that was very effective,
until I once favored the wrong leg. The electric cars were a great help
when they first came in, but I have long since dislocated every trolly
on the line."

"Well, above all," said Holworthy, "if you _should_ happen to be late,
don't try that worn out chestnut about the drawbridge being open, as I
heard a poor young Freshman do the other night, with a happy

"Do you take _me_ for a Freshman?" responded Jack, indignantly. "At the
first dinner I went to when I first came up, I started to use the
drawbridge, and the old grad. with whom I was dining took the words out
of my mouth and then laughed at me."

"The best thing for you to do," suggested Hollis, as his final advice,
"is to get a chain and make yourself fast to your bedstead from now
until the evening of the dinner. I'll come round and unchain you when it
is time to dress. At any rate, I shall endeavor to keep you in sight all
that day." All of which Rattleton took humbly, and promised to do his

But on the afternoon of the appointed day Jack was not to be found.
Holworthy hunted in vain for him at all his usual haunts, and in the
evening began dressing himself with many misgivings. While he was still
in his room, his chum Charles Rivers came in from the afternoon's work
in the University boat. Holworthy complained to him of the way in which
the man Rattleton was turning his hair gray.

"Looking for Lazy Jack, are you?" laughed Rivers, reassuringly; "well,
he was in a four-oar above the Brighton Abattoir not very long ago. I
couldn't see him, because I had to keep my eyes in the boat, but I could
hear him objurgating Steve Hudson for hitting up the stroke. We passed
them as we were pulling back from Watertown. It wasn't half an hour

Holworthy made a short remark about Rattleton that has nothing to do
with the story. "I have only just time to get into the Tremonts' now,"
said he, as he threw on his cloak, "but I will stop at the shiftless
beggar's room before I go in. He may possibly have got back and

He hurried along Harvard Street, and on the corner ran into a lot of men
coming up from the river. Sauntering along in their flannels, perfectly
happy after the glorious exercise and bath, he saw Hudson, Randolph,
Stoughton,--and the long form of Mr. Rattleton, quite as usual, hands in
his pockets, head thrown back, a smile on his face, content in his soul,
and nothing on his mind. There was a sudden change in his aspect,
however, when he caught sight of Holworthy's silk hat and white tie. He
stopped, aghast, with a "By Jove!" and then, "Oh, the devil!"

"Yes," exclaimed Holworthy, hotly, "and that is just where you will go
some day from sheer carelessness. That is the one appointment you'll
keep,--though, I believe, you will be late for your own funeral."

"Don't wait for me, old man. I'll be there as soon as I can," answered
Jack, ambiguously.

"Wait for you!" Hollis cried, "I wash my hands of you! If you choose to
disgrace yourself, it is none of my business. As it is now, I may be
late myself," and he boarded a car for Boston.

Now it was so that Holworthy did not know the Tremonts. They were old
friends of his family, and he ought to have called on them when he first
came to college; but he had not, and they had been abroad since his
Freshman year. He was not even perfectly certain of where they lived,
and he had forgotten, in his hurry on leaving his room, to look at the
address on the invitation! He thought of this fact when he was over the
bridge and well into Boston. However, he pretty clearly remembered
having sent his acceptance to 142 Marconwealth Street. It was either 142
or 242; but to make sure he decided to look it up in a Blue Book. He,
therefore, got out at Park Square and went into a druggist's, to consult
the little directory.

He first looked up 142 Marconwealth Street, and found the name of Jones.
Then he looked for 242, 342, 442,--he felt there was a 42 in the
combination somehow,--but all were vacant of Tremonts. He tried the 42's
of other streets, but in vain. Then, in desperation, he ran down the
whole list of Tremonts. Reader, dost thou know aught of the ancient town
of Boston? If not, look some time into a Boston Blue Book, open
anywhere, and see what Holworthy saw. In Boston, when they want to
describe a particularly luxuriant forest, they say that its leaves are
as the Tremonts. Hollis was not even sure of the first name of his
intended host; he thought it was Mayflor. There were three Mayflor
Tremonts on Marconwealth Street, one at each end and one in the middle.
Of other Tremonts on that street there were fourteen.

The cold sweat stood on Holworthy's brow in the most approved style. It
was already half past seven, the hour of dinner, for he had spent
several minutes in his Blue Book research. Only one plan occurred to
him. He bought the book at an extravagant price and jumped into a cab,
determined to hunt down that dinner if he had to go to every Tremont in
Boston. He began with the Mayflor Tremonts. When the servant answered
the bell, he would ask if there was a dinner-party going on in that
house. He was not sure whether he was taken for a lunatic or a society
reporter, but did not care which. None of the Mayflor Tremonts were
giving dinners on that evening. Then he began at one end of Marconwealth
Street, and tried every Tremont in order.

All this time the minutes were joining the past eternity, and he, Hollis
Holworthy, was getting later and later for dinner. At the sixth house,
however, as a maid opened the door, he heard the sounds of gentle
revelry and small talk, and his heart leaped for joy. The maid said,
"Yes, we have a party here to-night." He rushed back and paid for his
cab, not stopping for the paltry change due him, amounting to half that
he gave. He left his coat and hat in the hall to save time and, without
asking further questions, strode by the maid into the dining-room. He
was twenty-five minutes late, and glad they had not waited for him.

Going up to the hostess, he began, "Mrs. Tremont, I can't tell you how
mortified--" the table was filled! There was no vacant chair! Then he
noticed that the hostess was looking a little blank, though smiling and
polite. "I beg your pardon," he said, as his heart sank, "have I made
some awful mistake? My name is Holworthy; did you not invite me to
dinner this evening, or have I got the wrong house?--or the wrong

"I am afraid you _have_ made a mistake, Mr. Holworthy," replied the
lady, "and I think it must be in the house."

"Well, can you tell me," asked the blushing and desperate youth, trying
to keep a groan out of his question, "whether you happen to know of any
other Mrs. Tremont who is giving a dinner to-night? I have lost the
address, and I am dinnerless in the streets of Boston."

The hostess laughed a little at Holworthy's despair, but relieved him by
saying that her cousin, Mrs. Mayflor Tremont, had said something that
day about a dinner.

"But I have been to the houses of three Mrs. Mayflor Tremonts on this
street," protested poor Hollis. "Is there another one?"

"Why, Hol," spoke up Ernest Gray, an intimate friend, who was present to
Holworthy's great comfort, "that is where Jack Rattleton told me that
you and he were going--the Mayflor Tremont's, 142 Marconwealth Street."

"That is just what I thought," said Holworthy, "but the Blue Book gives
one Jones at 142."

"Oh!" explained Mrs. Tremont, "they have only just moved in, and their
name has not been changed in the Blue Book."

"Then _that_ was my ruin," Hollis exclaimed. "Thank you very much,
indeed. I hope you will forgive me for making such a scene," and he
retreated with as much dignity and haste as could be combined. He was
too much relieved to mind Gray's remark, "That is one on you, Hol," or
the laugh that he heard as he got to the front door.

His cab had only moved to the corner, and he hailed it again. The driver
repaid his recent generosity by getting him to 142 in less than three

Let us now see how it fared with Jack, the grasshopper. At the moment
when Holworthy took the car in Harvard Square, there was seen a rare
phenomenon of nature;--Rattleton showed acute animation. He went up
Harvard Street with two leaps to a block. Riley's cab, as usual, was
standing at the corner of Holyoke Street, and as Jack dashed by, he
yelled for Riley. The latter came tumbling out of Foster's, and, in
forty-three seconds and two fifths, had his chariot at the door of
Rattleton's staircase. Both Riley and his horse are as well drilled to
emergencies as are the men and steeds of a fire-engine. Jack reached his
room in record time, and only stopped to wash his face and hands. He
grabbed his evening clothes and shoes, a "boiled" shirt and tie, and was
in the cab almost as soon as it got to the door.

"Riley," said he, "get me to 142 Marconwealth Street before Mr.
Holworthy, and I'll try and pay what I owe you this week. It is a matter
of life and death, and I expect you this day to do your duty. Don't be
beaten by an electric car."

The latter part of this exhortation had its effect. Riley follows the
Golden Rule and never duns anybody, but his weak spots are his
professional pride and his sporting blood. Touch him there, and you will
travel in his cab as in the car of Phoebus. He has never lost the day
when it was possible for man and horse to save it. Ned Burleigh used to
say that he would back Riley's nag against Salvator, provided the former
should have behind him the cab, Riley, and a load. On this particular
occasion he fully maintained his reputation.

While rushing towards Boston, Rattleton proceeded to dress. He at first
complimented himself on not having forgotten anything; but, when he came
to his shirt, behold, there were no studs! He had been wearing a soft
cheviot, and had only a collar button. The absence of sleeve buttons
would probably not be noticed, but he could not go to dinner with a
studless chest. For a minute he thought the game was up, wrecked by such
a little thing. Then an inspiration came to him. With his knife he cut
three little pearl buttons out of his under-shirt, leaving a piece
attached to each button. These he pushed through his shirt, and they
were held in place by the pieces of flannel at their backs. It had
always been suspected by his friends that Jack Rattleton really had
brains, though he never made the exertion to use them. It had even been
said that some time in an emergency he might show positive genius. He
looked at those improvised studs with satisfaction, as he reasoned to
himself that they would be taken for imitation buttons and, therefore,
go unnoticed. If they should be recognized as real, that would be all
the better; it would look like a new fashion, and one of most "swagger"
simplicity. He tied his cravat all right by feeling; but he had not
thought of a hair-brush, and his hair was all damp and on end after his
shower-bath at the boat-house. This did not trouble him, however, as he
was sure of finding a brush at the Tremonts, in the room where the men
would leave their coats.

He had hardly finished this flying toilet when he arrived at the house,
not two minutes late. He instructed Riley to come back at ten, and that
the return trip would be "on Mr. Holworthy." In the dressing-room there
were hair-brushes, as he had expected, and he went down to the
drawing-room in faultless order, feeling that he had made a great
discovery. Undoubtedly a cab was just the place for a hurried man of
business, like himself, to dress.

He called the attention of his hostess to his punctuality, and assured
her that such a thing in him was a sign of the greatest devotion. "You
see," said he, "when I am late, everyone says, 'Oh, it is only that
shiftless Jack Rattleton,' and when I am on time, I want the credit for
it. Now it is nothing particularly praiseworthy for a man like Holworthy
to be on time. If he should ever slip up, it might well be put down as
an insult, because he never forgets or dawdles. Some day his good
reputation will be the ruin of him. I think my system is the better."
After which airy persiflage, Rattleton noticed that Holworthy was not in
the room; and ten minutes later, when the latter was still absent, he
began to wish he had let airy persiflage alone. Everybody else had
arrived. Five minutes more went by, and when twenty minutes were gone
and no Holworthy, Jack went to Mrs. Tremont and told her how Hollis had
left Cambridge in plenty of time, and, in fact, had refused to wait for
him. "Something must have happened to him," he said, rather anxiously,
"and I am prepared to back up as strictly true any excuse he may offer,
for I can swear he left Cambridge more than an hour ago, and was coming
right here."

"No accident to himself, I hope," replied Mrs. Tremont. "At any rate, I
think we had better go in, as I am sure Mr. Holworthy will feel more
comfortable if we do not wait for him."

So in they went, Rattleton taking her whom Holworthy should have taken,
for Jack was one of two extra men.

And Hollis, where was he? Suffering in the cab.

Ten minutes later, as he went up the stoop of 142, an insidious policy
stole into Holworthy's brain. He had lost the invitation and mistaken
the number of the house,--why should he not have mistaken instead the
hour of dinner? Was that not better than to be ignorant of the address
of his hostess, upon whom he ought to have called long before this? He
was in good time for an eight o'clock dinner, and most dinners are at
eight nowadays. Then, too, Rattleton would be just about half an hour
late, and would probably be utterly unconcerned about it, and offer no
excuses. That would lend color to a suspicion that Mrs. Tremont had
herself made the mistake, in writing some of the invitations. He would
not need to tell any actual untruth--to say distinctly that he thought
dinner was at eight. He need only imply it, and apologize for his
evident mistake. It would be a pretty poor plea for a very bad crime,
but at any rate it was a more polite explanation than the real one, and
less ridiculous. Oh, Hollis Holworthy, that thou shouldst thus forget
the _veritas_, the watchword of thine Alma Mater!

In the dressing-room was a straw hat with a colored ribbon. "Hullo," he
surmised, "Jack is here. Wonder if the rest of his outfit corresponds,
and he has come in his blazer." As he went into the dining-room, his eye
first lighted on that interesting person whom Mr. Davis has capitally
termed "A Girl He Knew." On her right was Rattleton, on her left a
vacant chair. She must have had to go in alone!

With a look of gentle surprise and concern, that, he flattered himself,
was rather well done, he went up and saluted Mrs. Tremont.

"Have I been mistaken," he asked, "in thinking that dinner was at eight
o'clock, or has my watch betrayed me?" There was no fib in this and what
could be more diplomatic?

Mrs. Tremont stood it for a second, then she happened to catch sight of
Rattleton's face. It was too much for her, and she burst out laughing.
After all, it was the best thing to do.

"Now, Mr. Holworthy, tell us what really happened, and we will believe
and forgive you. Jack, here, has testified to the time of your departure
from Cambridge, and you must fill in the interim somehow."

Then Hollis made a clean breast of the whole thing, and made the tale of
his sufferings as moving as possible, finishing with a request for some
dust to put on his head. He was so humble that even Rattleton was sorry
for him; but the memory of many of Holworthy's lectures came to Jack and
he could not resist suggesting to Mrs. Tremont, as Hollis took his seat,
that as Holly's blood had run so cold she ought to have some soup warmed
up for him.

That evening, on the way back to Cambridge in the cab, was spent one of
the pleasantest half hours of Rattleton's life. He told Holworthy how a
man could do nothing more outrageous than to keep his hostess waiting
for dinner. He said he had a very good chain that he used for his dog
Blathers, but which he could lend Hollis. He warned him some day that he
would surely go to the devil by his careless habits. "Above all," said
he, "never put your faith in excuses. Everybody knows you are lying, and
even if you don't know that they know, etc., you sometimes find out."

Holworthy smoked his cigar vigorously without saying a word in reply.
When they arrived at their club in Cambridge he asked, resignedly,
"Well, what do you want for supper?"

"I know I ought to take champagne," answered Jack, graciously, "but as
you are so very humble and I don't really want any more fizz, I will let
you off with a rarebit and beer. But don't you ever jump on me again."


Something had to be done about the case of Sergeant Bullam. For years he
had ruled his beat with a rod of iron. Many a noble spirit had fallen a
prey to his desire for notoriety and promotion. The slightest offence,
the most innocent or technical infringement of the law, was sufficient
pretext for him to indulge his thirst for student incarceration. The
_lettres de cachet_ and the Bastile were nothing to Bullam and the
Cambridge jail. In the dark days when the ungrateful University town
went prohibition, the tyrant had revelled in his opportunities. He had
raided several of the club-houses and had charged Hollis Holworthy, the
president of one of the clubs, with keeping a liquor nuisance. Of course
this little joke on the superb Holworthy had exceedingly pleased all his
friends; but it did not excuse Bullam. There had been isolated attempts
at resistance and vengeance, and these had sometimes been successful,
but never yet had Bullam suffered any great public downfall worthy of
his oppression. He was wary to a high degree, and never ventured into
the sacred Yard, where his uniform would have been only blue cloth and
his buttons common brass.

The crafty Stoughton, however, had a scheme. He had been pondering over
the case for some time, and Dick rarely pondered for nothing. He was
known to his intimates as Machiavelli, called Mac the Dago for short.
This particular plan was indeed worthy of his great namesake. He
imparted it to Jack Randolph, who had the heaviest personal score
against Bullam, and, therefore, the best title to share in his
humiliation. They fixed the following night as Bullam's Ides and
announced it to all their friends. They posted it in all the clubs, and
in every way spread the glad tidings that on the morrow Bullam should be
utterly cast down. They fixed the hour at about ten o'clock in the
evening, and exhorted the people to gather themselves together in a
great concourse to see their enemy made a cause of laughter unto them.
The promise of the avenging prophets was to conduct a triumph along the
whole length of Harvard Street and to lead in their train the haughty
Bullam, humbled and a captive; he should even act as their body-guard if
they so chose, and prevent all interference by his brothers of the
force. How this millennial spectacle was to be brought about, they kept
carefully secret.

There is, perhaps, in every man a certain element of moral obliquity,
which, as he is put through any civilizing process, is squeezed out of
him from time to time in varying forms and quantities. It comes to the
surface, makes itself acutely felt and apparent for a short time, and
then drops off,--just as a physical poison would act in his veins. At
any rate, this is the only theory that can explain the highly
reprehensible but firmly established custom among Harvard Freshmen of
"ragging" signs. "Ragging," uninitiated reader, simply means stealing.
What amusement, profit, or glory the Freshman finds in it has never been
ascertained. He cannot tell exactly himself, and, as soon as he ceases
to be a Freshman, wonders why he ever indulged in the habit. Perhaps the
charm lies in the chance of getting into a scrape; but in most instances
a sign can be taken with perfect safety. Now I cannot possibly think why
I--but that is another story, as Mr. Kipling says.

I am going to digress, however, for one story in this connection. Ned
Burleigh used to tell it on his room-mate, Steve Hudson. Steve always
denied it vehemently, and declared that Burleigh did not even deserve
the credit of a fabricator; that the story had been in college for
years, and he had heard it told by a '42 man. Ned held that made no
difference; that some one had to carry it for our four years and Steve
was the best man for the position. According to him, Hudson, in walking
back from Boston on a dark night in Freshman year, spied a tempting sign
hanging on a door-post. He secured it by some difficult climbing, and
tucking it under his overcoat, went on his way. On arriving in his room
he announced that he had a prize, and, unbuttoning his coat, he
displayed to Burleigh's delighted gaze, his only evening suit and the
sign "Fresh Paint."

This practice of stealing signs had made Bullam's meat of many a
Freshman. In fact, the diligent Sergeant depended upon it for most of
his [Greek: kudos] so Dick Stoughton had determined to play upon his
keenness in this respect, and use a sign as the bait with which to hook
his fish. On the appointed evening he and Randolph went to
Cambridgeport, and bought a barber's pole. They were careful to get a
receipted bill from the barber with an accurate description of the pole.
The latter was marked with the barber's name in gilt letters, and was
small enough to be nearly, but not quite, covered with an overcoat. Thus
provided, they started back for Cambridge proper (the Port being usually
known as Cambridge improper) along Main Street, keeping as much as
possible in the shadows. At the end of half a dozen blocks, they came on
a policeman, and promptly crossed the street in a most alluring manner.
The vigilant officer, noticing the suspicious shape of Randolph's
overcoat held under his arm, gave chase. The end of the pole stuck out
from the coat, and it was useless for the students to protest that they
had nothing that did not belong to them. They assured their captor that
the pole was theirs, that they had paid for it and could prove the fact;
but he insisted upon taking them before the captain of the precinct.

The captain had had a hard day, and was preparing to go to bed when they
were brought before him. He was tired and cross, and his humor was not
improved by this new arrival. When Stoughton showed the receipt,
however, he at once discharged the prisoners with much pleasure, and
reprimanded the overcareful officer.

The two then went on to the next guardian of Main Street, and he bit
equally well. They warned him of the result, and gave him their word of
honor that the pole was not stolen. He hesitated, and for a moment they
feared that he was going to be decent enough to believe them. But he was
a new and zealous recruit on the force and the bait was too inviting; so
he decided not to trust them. He was as polite as possible about it and
when he even apologized for not taking their word, they came near
melting and showing the receipt. But the fall of Bullam was not to be
averted, simply because gentler tyrants might be entrained. So back they
went to headquarters.

The captain came down in a red dressing-gown, the skirt of which flapped
idly in the breeze that came through an open window in the office. His
bare feet were shoved into a pair of carpet slippers, each foot in the
wrong slipper. With one hand he held a candle that wiggled in the
candle-stick and dropped wax on his wrist, and with the other hand tried
to keep the dressing-gown about his person. His frame of mind faithfully
carried out the spirit of the picture. To any guilty prisoner he would
have been indeed a terrifying spectacle; but he could do nothing to the
innocent and insulted gentlemen who had been haled before him. He
therefore relieved himself on their captor. The poor man got such a
dressing down, that when they left the office, Randolph presented him
with full forgiveness, a dollar bill, and the advice to learn as soon as
possible to tell a Senior from a Freshman.

The next policeman they met was old George Smith. He held them up with a
look of surprise, and a remark that he thought they had been in college
too long to be "ragging" barber's poles. When they explained to him,
however, he of course believed them, and grinned as he perceived
something in the wind.

"It is lucky that was George," said Stoughton, as they went on. "If we
had struck a strange cop, who thought we were liars, we should have
brought down the wrong bird. That police captain is just exactly primed
and loaded to the muzzle, and all ready to go off. Now for Bullam!"

They had now reached Quincy Square, and saw the fated form of Bullam
loom in the offing. They made for him boldly; there was no need of
finessing in his case. The moment his hawk eye caught sight of the
ill-concealed pole, he bore down on them with a grim joy.

"What have you got under that coat?" he demanded in his usual suave

"None of your business," responded Jack Randolph, with an inward

"It isn't, eh! Do you think I can't see that pole a-sticking out there?
Do you think you can steal signs under my very nose? You come along with
me now, and we'll see whether it's none of my business."

"If your insulting remarks refer to this barber-pole," replied Randolph,
producing the pole with ostentatious confidence, "allow me to tell you
that it belongs to us, and we have a perfect right to carry it wherever
we please. Although, as I said before, it is none of your business, I
will condescend to let you know that I bought it lately, and have a
receipt for it in my pocket."

"You can't give me no such bluff as that," sneered Bullam. "You can tell
that to the captain of the precinct. I'll give you a chance to show your

"Look here, my man," (nothing makes a gentleman of Bullam's class more
angry than to call him "my man") answered Stoughton, "you don't deserve
it after the language you have used to us, but, nevertheless, I give you
fair warning not to do anything of the kind. If you take us to the
captain, you will get into trouble."

Bullam was beside himself. The more they said to him the more furious he
became, and finally threatened to use his club "if they gave him any
more guff." So, in high delight, the two injured youths took their way a
third time towards the house of the captain.

The policeman who had last had them in charge turned quickly away as
they passed, and shoved his handkerchief into his mouth. It was a
grateful balm to the new man to see a veteran going into the same trap
that had just lacerated him. Moreover, Bullam was quite as unpopular in
the force as with the students.

All was dark in the house where lay the uneasy head that wore the crown
of the precinct. Bullam rang the bell, with a ferocious glare at his
prisoners, as though tolling their death knell. A minute afterwards a
window opened above, and a head was thrust forth.

"Who is there?" bellowed a voice, now familiar to our much-arrested

"Sergeant Bullam, sir, with an arrest."

Dick and Jack took care to stand under a gas-lamp.

"Have you got two men there with a barber's pole?" asked the voice,
rising from a roar to a shriek.

"Yes, sir," chuckled Bullam, gleefully, mistaking the direction of his
superior's wrath. "I caught----"

"Didn't they tell you that it was their property, bought and paid for?"

"Yes, they had some cock-and-bull----"

"Stop!" thundered the captain, "you're too ---- ready to think every
gentleman you meet is a liar. Don't you be so ---- ---- hot after your
promotion. If you'll give more attention to your important duties, and
less to making capital out of the students, you'll get ahead faster. Now
you go all the way back with these gentlemen, and see that they are not
troubled any more. If they are brought here again I'll know who to blame
for it. I'll have you up for a breach of special duty, and make it hot
for you. What's more, you treat them civilly. I'll have no bullies on my
squad. If this man gives you boys any lip, come around and see me about
it in the morning. Now get out of here, and you, Bullam, mind what I
tell you, and be ---- ---- careful."

All the blanks in the foregoing address were filled in with deep color,
and the window went down with a slam that heavily sank in the sickened
soul of the astonished Bullam.

"Come along, sergeant," cried Randolph, cheerfully, shouldering the
barber-pole. He and Dick led the way back through Quincy Square,
whistling the "Rogue's March" and the "Père de la Victoire." The
overwhelmed Bullam fell in behind. As they turned down Harvard Street,
he walked slowly and tried to drop back to a distance which would
disguise his connection with the parade; but his conquerors allowed no
such break in the procession. They slowed down, too, and kept about ten
feet in front of him.

On the first corner of Harvard Street were stationed three or four small
boys (the occasionally useful Cambridge muckers) employed as vedettes.
Upon the approach of the triumph, they dashed off to the different clubs
and gathering-places where the long oppressed people were eagerly
awaiting the arrival of Bullam in chains. These all flocked to Harvard
Street, Hudson bringing his cornet, Dixey a pair of cymbals, and Ned
Burleigh flourishing the drum-major's baton, with which he had done
mighty service in the last torch-light procession. It was going to be
the most glorious triumph ever seen in the classic shades since
Washington rode through them on his white charger.

But, alas! what a trivial thing may upset the grandest strategy; what a
petty boor may defeat Ulysses! Yet it was not such a petty boor who
caused the ruin in this case; it was the Cambridge mucker, and he should
never have been overlooked by a man of Machiavelli Stoughton's
experience. Those who know the Cantabrigian guerilla respect his power,
though they abhor his ways. An influential member of this free
lancehood, having demanded a quarter for the vedette service before
mentioned, and being refused employment, nursed a vindictive spirit. He
gathered a band on Harvard Street, near to the advanced scouts, and
waited to see what was going to happen. As soon as Stoughton and
Randolph came up with the attendant Bullam, this unforeseen enemy raised
a joyful shout and marshalled his comrades behind the trio. As they
proceeded along the street, he yelled to every mucker they passed, "Hey,
ragsy, come on! Here's two o' de Ha'vards gettin' run in!"

Muckers gathered from every side like jackals, and Bullam, realizing the
sudden turn in the aspect of affairs, no longer lagged behind, but
forged up alongside of his would-be tamers, and assumed his old fierce
and haughty air. He could maintain his dignity before the public anyway.

This was the way Dick Stoughton's great triumph looked when it reached a
point opposite the Yard. The expectant crowd of undergraduates looked
for a moment in surprise and grief, then, notwithstanding their
disappointment at Bullam's escape, a great roar of laughter went up, as
they concluded that the two daring plotters had egregiously failed in
their attempt and were on their way to a dungeon.

"Let's bail them out," cried two or three. "Bail nothing, you idiots,"
shouted the chagrined Stoughton, "we are not arrested; this man is our
body-guard. Come on, and we will take the procession around the Square
and up Garden Street."

This had been Dick's original intention as to the line of march; but
just at this moment the Dean of Harvard College came around the corner
of Holyoke Street and stopped short. In the direction of Harvard Square
lay the jail, and Stoughton at once decided that a triumph of such
uncertain appearance had better be brought to a close right where they
were. He and Randolph halted, therefore, and, waving aloft the barber's
pole, gave Bullam their gracious permission to depart. As a little extra
effect they ordered him to disperse the rabble, to which mandate he
payed no attention. Then, with as much dignity as possible, they
retreated into Foster's. It was the best effort they could make to
retrieve the day, a weak ending to so magnificent a scheme.

They did not hear the last of their "grand pageant" for a long time; but
their own recollection of it will always be softened by the memory of
those sweet moments beneath the captain's window.


Besides the "officers of instruction and government," and the instructed
and governed, there are many classes and individuals that make up the
university population of Cambridge--unofficial members, whose names do
not appear in the catalogue. There are the camp followers, the goodies,
the janitors, the Poco, John the Orangeman, Riley, the O'Haras who
"understand th' busniz," and all the other dignitaries, as firmly
established and well recognized as the Faculty. Probably the most
numerous of the unofficial classes is the great four-legged one. There
are undergraduate dogs, and law-school dogs, and post-graduate dogs, and
I believe there were one or two Divinity dogs. During our time there
were several very distinguished dogs in the Faculty, notably one huge
bull-dog. Among the undergraduates, the ugliest and most perfect in form
and feature, the most polished and attractive in manner, the most genial
and popular, in every way the leader _par excellence_, was Rattleton's
round head bull-terrier Blathers.

Blathers was named after the great man who bred him. That celebrated
fancier was renowned throughout Cambridge for two things, his dogs and
his profanity. He could outswear Sawin's expressman, Hitchell the black
scout, and the janitor of Little's Block, and any one who could excel
those three was indeed an artist. I do not believe, however, that the
recording angel entered all of Blather's items in the debit column:--in
the first place, he would not have had time, in the second place, most
of Blather's oaths were not delivered in anger, in the sense of Raca,
but flowed out innocently and unconsciously, merely as aids to
conversation. One morning this worthy came into Rattleton's room,
bearing in his hand a little brindled object about five inches long. It
looked like a stub-tailed rat, whose nose had been smashed with a lump
of coal.

"Good mornin', Mr. Rattleton; beg your pardon for intrudin', sir, but
I've got sumpthin' here I want for to show yer. I've got a magnificent

"Oh, get out, Blathers; I don't want a dog; had to give away the last

The following speech was bristling with profanity, but I have omitted
even the indication blanks, except in one passage where they were too
characteristic to be left out.

"I don't want yer to buy him, sir. I just want to show him to yer. He's
a beauty. I know yer knows the points of a dog, sir, and its just a
pleasure I'm givin' yer to look at him. Just take him in your hand, sir.
Now, I sold Mrs. G. an own half brother of that feller. You know Mrs.
G., surely, down here to the Theolog. school?" (Mrs. G. was a most
charming and gentle lady, the wife of a celebrated clergyman.) "Well, I
stopped at her house the other day to see how she liked the pup. She
says to me, 'By ----, Blathers,' says she, 'that's the ---- ---- finest
dog ever I see; d---- me, if it ain't,' says she. Yes, sir, that's just
what she thought about him. You go ask her and see if it ain't. And she
wouldn't say nothin' she didn't mean, just to tickle me, neither. Mrs.
G. is a real lady, and knows the points of a dog, she does. She was ----
---- kind to my wife when she was sick last time. Oh, my wife's been
orful sick, Mr. Rattleton. I had to pay for a lot of doctor's consults
and other stuff; that's just the only reason, sir, I want to sell this
beautiful pup. I 'd never part with him in this world, if I could help

Blathers never would have parted from any of his dogs had it not been
for his frequent family afflictions. These afflictions were always very
expensive and varied, from the funeral of his mother to the birth of
twins. He buried four mothers in one year; that was his best work,
though six children born during the following term pushed hard on the

"If I could only make up my mind to let yer have that dog, Mr.
Rattleton," he went on, "it would work both ways. Maybe I ought to do
it. It would be a favor and a kind thing in me to sell yer that pup at
any price, and you'd be doin' a charity to a poor man in helpin' me
along. It would be a good action all around, see? Oh, I need the money
orful bad."

Rattleton during this speech had been playing with the puppy, and he was
struck both by the brightness of the little fellow and the logic of his
owner. He knew that Blathers really did have rather hard times with his
family. In any case Lazy Jack never took the trouble to sift a tale of
woe and apply the most enlightened and efficient remedy. He had no
excuse for not doing so; he took the Social Ethics Course in Philosophy
because it was easy, and of course he knew how wrong it is to give to a
beggar; nevertheless, he rarely failed to do so if he had a coin in his
pocket, because it was so much easier than making enquiries and giving
advice. Moreover Jack was so lacking in principles, that if he thought
the beggar looked cold and in want of a hot whiskey, he was, if
anything, more apt to yield the ill-destined alms. In this instance the
insidious Blathers had struck him in two vulnerable spots, his very weak
nature, and his love of dogs. He also wanted to get rid of Blathers with
his endless stream of lurid and decidedly rum-flavored eloquence, and
the easiest way to do so was to buy the puppy.

It was in his master's Sophomore year that Blathers, the pup, began his
career. He waxed fast in beauty and knowledge. His nose grew in and his
teeth grew out, his ears assumed the correct angle and his legs the
proper curve. His tail in babyhood had been scientifically bitten off by
the gentleman after whom he was named, and was, therefore, of exactly
the right length. He went through the distemper and gave it to every dog
in his club. His spirit did not belie his points; before the end of his
junior year he had tackled almost every dog in Cambridge and generally
came out on top. He was a dog of marvellous tact, also; he learned not
to growl at the proctor on his staircase. Rattleton spent much time on
Blather's education--so did Rattleton's friends. The latter, among other
accomplishments, succeeded after great effort in teaching him to drink
beer; but Blathers never went beyond the bounds of propriety, as did
frequently that disreputable Irish terrier of Dixey's.

Blather's most prominent virtue of all was devotion to his master, and
his affection was fully returned. Those two were rarely apart, except in
the mornings, before Rattleton was up. Blathers always got out with the
nine o'clock lecture men and chapel goers, and would visit around at the
various club-tables where he had friends, generally collecting five or
six breakfasts before his master arose. At about eleven o'clock he would
be seen, sitting with his arms akimbo, in front of the Holly Tree; then
Jack was sure to be inside, getting the marvellous dropped eggs from the
sad-eyed John. If ever Blathers frequented the steps of Massachusetts,
Sever, or other lecture hall, all men would know that Jack Rattleton was
again on probation. If they saw the dog on the grim stone Stair of Sighs
in the south entrance of University, they would make sympathetic
inquiries when next they met the master.

When the round black and brown head stuck out of the window of Riley's
cab, it was certain that Rattleton was bound over the bridge. They even
went once or twice to the theatre together, Blathers concealed under
Jack's overcoat. Though pugnacious by nature, it was not because
Blathers loved other dogs less, but fighting more. He loved a row for
its own sweet self, had few enemies and several warm friends. He was
particularly devoted to Hudson's Topsy, and engaged in many a combat on
her account, and for her edification. There were only two dogs for whom
he had any real aversion--Mike Dixey, of his own class, and Baynor's
white bull-dog, of the class below him.

Probably the happiest moment of Blathers college life occurred one day
on Holmes' Field. There was a class ball-game going on; the Sophomores
were ranged on one side of the field, the Juniors opposite. The white
bull-dog had been barking in time with the cheering, yelping at the
players of the opposing team, trying to "rattle" the pitcher, and making
himself generally conspicuous and obnoxious. Finally, in the excitement
over some good play, he slipped his collar and ran into the outfield to
congratulate the centre-fielder. Somehow or other (Ned Burleigh probably
knew), Blathers happened to get loose at the same moment. With a
heralding bark he flew into the listed field and made straight for the
white champion. All interest in the ball-game ceased at once. With a
great shout the two opposing crowds rose from the seats _en masse_, and
swept across the diamond, "blocking off" the owners of the two dogs, who
rushed to separate them. In the rush, five or six more terriers got
adrift, and reached the front well ahead of their masters. In just about
ten seconds there was a ball of at least seven dogs of various fighting
breeds, rolling about in a halo of hair, howls, and pure delight. After
a few minutes, their masters succeeded in pushing through the
surrounding crowd, and each man laid hold of a dog's tail or hind leg.
By dint of heaving and kicking, the happy party was at last broken up,
and at the bottom of the pile were found Blathers and the white
bull-dog. They were locked in a fond embrace, and it took hot water from
the gymnasium to get them apart. Ever after that Blathers bore a scar on
the side of his head; but he was proud of that mark, for there was a
larger and more distinct one on the Sophomore dog.

Blathers got into a scrape in his Senior year that nearly caused his
expulsion from the University, and compromised his master seriously. An
aunt of Rattleton's came out to Cambridge one afternoon, for the purpose
of attending the Thursday Vespers in Appleton Chapel. She notified Jack
that she expected him to escort her. Jack got his room in order, with
some difficulty, expurgated the ornaments and pictures, put his aunt's
photograph on the mantel-piece and a Greek lexicon on the table, and
sent Blathers to spend the afternoon with a friend. Aunt could not abide
a dog, especially one of Blathers' type of beauty. So Mr. B. went off
with Jack Randolph.

Randolph's room was in the back of Thayer, and his window commanded the
approaches to Appleton Chapel. Blathers was squatted in the window-seat
with his head on one side, idly watching the birds, and wondering where
his master could have gone. Suddenly his eye fell on that very person,
and with him one of that kind of humans whose legs are all in one piece.
Blathers had seen lots of that kind, and knew well enough what they
were; but what could one of them possibly be doing with his master,
right here in Cambridge, at this time of year? He had never seen such a
thing as that before, except once on Class Day. It was for this, then,
that he had been dismissed for the afternoon! Well, well, well, pretty
goings on! He betrayed his astonishment and irritation by a low "wuff!"
jumped down from the window-seat, and scratched at the door.

"No," said Randolph, looking at him, "you can't get out. Did you see a

Blathers came over to the arm-chair, stood up, putting both hands on
Randolph's knees, and looked at him appealingly.

"Yes, I know," said Randolph, "your master has deserted you for the
afternoon, hasn't he? Mean trick, isn't it? And where do you suppose he
has gone? To Vespers, think of that! Don't shake your head, Blathers,
it's true----" "Wuff!" "Yes, rather remarkable, I know; no wonder you
say so. But don't blame him; he couldn't help it, and it will do him

A few minutes afterwards Randolph threw away his book, and took his cap.

"Come, Blathers," said he, "we'll go over to the Pud for awhile. You may
find your friend Topsy there."

No sooner had he opened the door than Blathers scrambled down-stairs
with that graceful motion peculiar to a terrier on urgent business; his
hind-quarters shoved his head all the way down-stairs, and tripped over
it at the bottom. He shot out of the door as if after a cat, whisked
round the corner, and made straight for the Chapel. On the steps,
however, he paused, for, at that moment, coming up the path from
Memorial, he saw a sight that made his blood boil. Hudson and Dixey were
strolling back from the Agassiz, and trotting ahead of them were Topsy
and that abominable Mike Dixey. As has been mentioned before, Mike was a
dog of very loose character. He would get intoxicated on beer whenever
he could find any one to "set it up." He belonged nominally to Dixey,
but was really a sort of dog-about-college. He would attach himself to
any one whom he could work for crackers and beer. He did not mind
spending the night on a door-step, and associated with all the street
curs. He would hang around the public billiard-rooms and Foster's, and
do tricks for sandwiches. Sometimes he would disappear on a spree for
days, get caught by the muckers, and come home with a tin can in tow.
Altogether he was no fit company for a lady, and when Blathers saw this
low-lived animal walking with his Topsy, reverence for the spot could
not restrain his indignation. Right in front of the Chapel door he
insulted the Irish terrier, and before the men behind could come up,
then and there the fight began. Rattleton, within, heard the sounds of
conflict rise above the anthem, and, by some vague intuition, his blood
ran cold. Another moment and Mike came flying up the aisle with yelps of
pain, evidently seeking sanctuary. Blathers may have had a deep
reverence for Appleton Chapel (barring the architecture), but his blood
was up, and he did not stop to think. He pursued the flying foe,
overtook and grabbed him again, just beyond Rattleton's pew, and
alongside of that of a couple of magnates. Jack thought it would be
better to remove those two dogs himself, and did so, one in each hand.
But there was no use in pretending that he did not know to whom that
scientific bull-terrier belonged. The men outside had some difficulty in
persuading him that they were in no way responsible for the episode.

Mr. Blathers lived long and went to many places, but that was the only
time he ever attended services in church.


That evening at dinner Burleigh and Rattleton entertained the table with
a glowing description of a new play they had seen on the previous night,
at the Howard Athenæum. They were most enthusiastic about it.

"I can't understand," declared Burleigh, "how such a piece and such a
troupe happened to drop into the old Howard. Such scenery! Why, the
stage setting was the best I ever saw. One act was laid in the pine
woods; you could look way through them, apparently, live birds flew
about among the branches, and they must have burned some sort of balsam
in the wings, for you could actually smell the pines."

"That's a new smell for the Howard," remarked Hudson.

"Yes, and those two girls!" added Jack Rattleton. "By Jove, wasn't that
blonde a beauty!"

"The brunette was better," averred Burleigh. "How she did sing! They
have splendid songs all through the play."

"Never saw such acting," said Jack, "even--certainly never at the

"The hero was a magnificent young man," Burleigh went on. "You ought to
see him throw down the villain in the last act. I'm going again as soon
as I can."

"Why haven't we heard of it before?" queried Stoughton, suspiciously.

"It was a first night," explained Burleigh, promptly. "Jack and I were
pioneers. You fellows ought to go see it. You'll hear enough of it
before it is over; but go in now while it is fresh."

"I have nothing to do to-night," said Hudson. "I believe I'll go. Who is
with me?"

Stoughton and Gray both agreed to join him. Holworthy and Randolph were
going to drive over to a ball in Brookline.

"I'd give anything to go with you chaps," said Burleigh, "but I have got
to work into the wee sma' hours on my forensic. It is due to-morrow
morning, and I haven't done a thing on it."

"I'd like to see that show again, too," said Jack, "but I don't feel
very well to-night. I'm going to turn in early."

The three theatre-goers started for town immediately after dinner. They
stopped at one of the clubs first, and picked up three or four other men
on the strength of Burleigh's eulogy of the play.

Whoever has been through Harvard College and never been to the Howard
Athenæum has neglected his advantages; fortunately such deplorable
instances are rare. Who, that has improved his opportunities, does not
remember the old stamping-ground, where the commingled perfumes of
orange-peel, humanity, and peanuts would smell to high heaven, were they
not stopped in a concentrated mass by the grimy roof. There things are
real, things are earnest, unweakened by affectation and refinement. The
villains are real bad villians, and carry knives, not cigarettes. They
know how to gloat. The heroes have red undershirts and true nobility,
and don't mind showing either. The heroines are not ashamed of
sentimentality. Neither is the audience. There, too, is music that you
can remember and whistle, that you can sing afterwards on the way back
to Cambridge; not music that you must contemplate with rapt gaze on the
ceiling. There you will find humor of the broad, plain, unmistakable
variety, humor at which you can laugh for its own sake, not for the
maker's wit or your own in detecting it. Nor, in that shrine of the
Muses, does pleasure always end with the fall of the curtain. Frequently
you may see two or three excellent fights on the way out, and perhaps be
granted a share in one yourself. Oh, you get your money's worth at the
classic Athenæum, for it is all for fifty cents (thirty-five in the

"I have a suspicion," said Stoughton, on the way in town, "that those
fellows were lying to us. I'll bet this show is something awful, they
were probably bored to death, and conceived the happy thought of getting
us sold in the same way."

"Never mind," said Hudson, philosophically; "we'll have a good time

Before the curtain had been up ten minutes, Dick's suspicion gained
ground; it's truth was fully confirmed long before the end of the play.
The scenery, the birds, and the pine balsam effects were wholly
creatures of Burleigh's capable brain; as for Jack Rattleton's houris,
Stoughton declared that "Noah was a fool to have saved them; he ought to
have shut them out in the rain long enough to get a wash any way."

Even the Athenæum audience was dissatisfied and inclined to jeer. Gray
wanted to leave at the end of the first act.

"Hold on," insisted Hudson, "let's stay here and make this a success.
There's lots of good sentiment all through it, just your style Gray. All
it needs is a little enthusiasm in the house to warm up the actors.
Let's lead the applause on the strong points."

So they stayed, and their efforts were attended with such success, that
they might have had a free pass for future performances. Every time the
hero said, "I am the just man and you are the villain," or the heroine
declared she would never leave him while life lasted, or showed other
symptoms of heroism, the knot of students would stamp, and applaud, and
rouse the finer feelings of the whole house. The grateful actors
certainly did warm up, and delivered with more and more vim their honest
expressions of lofty sentiment and occasional touches of patriotism, the
latter utterly uncalled for, but always welcome. The audience became
worked up as well, but in the last act suddenly began to hiss.

"Hullo! what's up now?" asked Gray, who had not taken the Athenæum
course faithfully, and was not learned in it; "what are they hissing

"Good gracious, man," answered Hudson, "don't you see? Don't display
your ignorance. They are hissing the villain. It's the greatest
compliment you can pay him. Go ahead, hiss like a good one."

On the whole, the performance was a grand success, and Hudson insisted
that Gray had made an undoubted conquest of the second lady. After it
was over some one mentioned "broiled lob. and musty," at Parks, but it
was voted to return to Cambridge and make a rarebit there.

"We'll go pull out Ned Burleigh, and have it in his room," suggested

"No you don't!" exclaimed Hudson. "You forget I'm his chum. I'll have no
Welsh rarebit made in that room unless we draw lots and I get stuck. The
room would smell of cheese and stale beer for twenty-four hours."

"Let's land on Rattleton then. We'll teach him to lie."

Feeling in a luxurious mood they scorned the cars, and chartered a
herdic, four men getting inside and three on the roof. For those readers
who know not the herdic, I will explain that it is a sort of tiny
omnibus in which four thin people can sit uncomfortably. It usually has
two wheels and never more than one horse--sometimes not quite as much.

"I may as well tell you before we start," said Stoughton, who sat on the
top, to the driver, "that we are not Freshmen, so don't break a spring
on the bridge and tell us that it will cost you ten dollars to get it

"I know you're old hands," answered Jehu, with a grin, "I know youse
fellers. I remember your face pertickler. Mebbe you disrecollect comin'
out with me one night from Parker's. Let's see, guess it was two years
ago, after the Institoot dinner."

"All right, my friend, say no more," acknowledged Dick, as the other two
men shouted. "The drink is on me. Here is the price of it."

The door at the back of the herdic is held shut with a strap that leads
through the roof to the driver's seat. This was secured firmly, so as to
keep the inside passengers safe, for it is an established courtesy for
those inside to slip out when near the college, leaving the others to
pay the driver and joining them later. By means of the strap, however,
and the lack of a knife among the insiders, all arrived well together at
the building where Rattleton roomed.

"I'll go to the Fly and get the cheese and beer," said Gray. "You get
your chafing-dish, Dick."

Stoughton roomed in the same building with Rattleton, as did Hudson and
Burleigh. While he went after his chafing-dish the others reconnoitered
Rattleton's quarters. The door was locked and all was dark. The glass
ventilator over the door, however, was unfastened, and large enough to
admit a man. Jack Rattleton always left his ventilator unfastened, for
he often depended on it for his own ingress. The reason of this was very
simple,--the door had a spring bolt, and it was characteristic of Mr.
Rattleton's nature to frequently leave his keys inside and shut the door
when he went out. It was a very simple matter for Hudson to climb over
the door through this ventilator, drop down, and open the door from the

"Look out for Blathers," said one man. "If that pretty pup is in there
he'll take a piece out of your leg."

"He knows my voice," answered Hudson, as he "shinned" over. He let the
rest in and lit the gas. Rattleton was not in his bedroom.

"Humph," grunted Hudson. "Said he wasn't well and was going to turn in
early. The abominable liar."

They poked up the fire and had it roaring when Stoughton returned,
bearing the chafing-dish and a long pipe, his dear Mary Jane.

"That's a good idea," said Hudson, as his eye fell on the latter
article. "You've brought that disgusting black pipe. We can stand it for
a while, and it will permeate Jack's room and teach him the beauty of
truth. Puff away on Mary; serve Jack right."

Rattleton's plates and other necessities were foraged out by the time
Gray appeared with the cheese and beer. Not seeing Rattleton, he asked
how the others had got in. Hudson explained. "This open ventilator habit
of Jack's" he added, "is worse than rooming on the ground floor. Ned
Burleigh and I had enough of that in Freshman year, before we moved up
here. Our room was a regular darned club. Everybody would drop in there
between lectures, chin when we wanted to study, and smoke our tobacco,
just because it was too much trouble to go up-stairs. We couldn't leave
our window open at night without having some fools crawl in, at any time
after midnight, and raise the deuce."

"Yes, I remember. It was very pleasant," remarked Stoughton.

The creation of the rarebit was well under way with the usual
accompaniment of advice and altercation over the ingredients, when
shouts were heard from under the window, of "Jack, Jack Rat, Oh, Jack!"

Hudson threw up the window and saw Holworthy and Randolph below in a
buggy. "Mr. Rattleton is not in, gentlemen," he said, "but come right up
and make yourselves at home."

"All right; be with you in a moment, as soon as we have taken this trap
round to Blake's."

"It is the two society fritterlings," announced Hudson, as he drew in
his head. A few minutes later Randolph and Holworthy appeared in their
big coats.

"Seems to me you're back from your ball pretty early," observed Gray.

"Hol didn't find the person there he wanted to see, so he soured on the
whole thing and dragged me away early," Jack Randolph explained.

"What a whopper," said Holworthy, as he took off his ulster. "It was
very stupid, and Jack himself suggested that we should be happier in

"Aha," cried Stoughton, who was stirring the "bunny" with a master hand.
"Very nice. Two gentlemen in faultless evening attire. They'll do for
the waiters. Here, quick, hand up your plates before this thing gets

While they were eating the rarebit, a step was heard in the entry,
accompanied by the trotting feet of a dog, and the locked door was
tried. Then a familiar voice drawled "What the devil is going on in

"Hullo, Jack," cried Stoughton, "come right in. Don't be bashful."

"Open the door, you arrant burglars," demanded Rattleton. "My keys are
on my bureau, or somewhere inside."

"Climb over the transom as I did," Hudson called. "You'll have to turn
your back to the company in the performance, but don't mind the
awkwardness of the position."

"We'll excuse your back. We have your hair-brushes and the fire shovel
already," added Randolph, cheerily.

"Don't be such babies," said Jack, (whenever any of the gang was at a
disadvantage, he was apt to age suddenly) "come, let me in."

"Are you sorry you told a naughty fib to-night?" asked Hudson, with his
hand on the knob.


"Will you set up the ingredients for a punch?"


"All right then, you may come in," said Hudson, graciously, opening the

"How was the play?" inquired Jack, pleasantly, as he went into his
bedroom after the wash-basin, the regular understudy for a punch-bowl.

"Enjoyed it immensely, in spite of your wishes for our entertainment,"
Hudson declared. "We know now your ideal of talent and beauty."

"Don't blame me. That was all Burleigh's rot," protested Jack,
apologetically, but with a chuckle. "Why don't you pull him out?"

"That is a good plan," assented Hudson. "Two of you come up and help me
capture the elephant. He may resist." A committee of three went up to
wait upon Burleigh.

"What is the sense of this meeting as to the temperature of the grog?"
asked Rattleton.

"Hot!" promptly moved the two who had driven over from Brookline. The
motion was carried, so Jack put the kettle on the fire.

"Speaking of the drama and brother Burleigh," said Holworthy, "do you
remember the time, Dick, that we saw the old man suping in that
spectacular play in Sophomore year?"

"I'm not likely to forget it," answered Dick. "You fellows remember that
show called 'Albrachia,' or some such name, full of red fire and
fairies? Hol. and I went in to see it one night, and whom should we
discover as leading demon in the grand climax, but the stout Edward. We
nearly stood up and cheered,--but we'll make him tell about it

"Hullo, here is the sylph now!" exclaimed some one, as the committee
returned in triumph with Ned in tow.

"The perjured loafer told us he was going to work on his forensic,"
cried Hudson. "Look at this," pointing to Burleigh, whose generous
proportions were swathed in gaudy pajamas.

"I hear you enjoyed the play exceedingly," remarked Burleigh, as he made
for the fireplace, and spread his huge form all over the front of it.

"So we did, no thanks to you," answered Gray.

"Any men who are such Athenæum Lotharios as to be decoyed in town by the
mere mention of two pretty actresses, deserve to get sold," declared
Ned, severely.

"Here, take your toddy and stop your mouth," said Stoughton. "As a
penance for your lies, you can give us some reminiscences of your
disreputable career on the stage."

After some demurring, Burleigh was persuaded to begin his yarn. The
"tea" was made by this time, and enthroned on the student's desk in the
centre of the room. With "tod and tobac." the party disposed itself
about the room, every one with a view more to ease than grace. Blathers,
as usual, chose his master's outstretched legs. Ned Burleigh, with a
cigar, stood in front of the fire in his airy raiment, his feet apart,
warming his exterior with the genial blaze, and his interior with the
genial toddy. Would that we could have those evenings again!


"What do you want me to relate?" asked Burleigh. "The great battle of

"Yes, we would like to hear about that," answered Stoughton, "and also
your experience with the Hosts of Darkness."

"That was a very short and painful affair," Ned explained. "I'll tell
you that first. You must know, my children, that I was once a godless
Sophomore even as other Sophs. You may scarcely believe it now, but I
was. Among other follies, I took to 'suping' occasionally. Of course my
intentions were purely noble; I wanted to elevate the stage. On one
occasion this man Hudson, here, led me to the Boston Theatre, where an
elaborate show was being given and 'supes' were in demand. You fellows
must remember the play, it was called 'Alboraka, the Wizard.' They
wanted only one man for that night, and as I was the handsomer, they
chose me. I comforted Steve by promising to share with him the quarter
that I expected to earn; I believe on the strength of my promise he
bought a seat in the peanut gallery."

"Oh, no, I didn't," interrupted Hudson, "I had a seat right under a box
where there was a theatre-party of Mrs. Mayflor Tremont's, with a lot of
girls I knew. I was thundering glad I wasn't on the stage, and had more
than half a mind to point you out to them."

"You wouldn't have troubled me at all," answered Ned. "That is where we
unknown woolly Westerners get the drop on the Boston men, and you dudes
who go in for Boston society. However, to go on with this confession, I
was appointed leader of the Hosts of Darkness. I don't know why I was
singled out for this distinction, unless it was on account of my superb

"That was it," corroborated Stoughton. "You did look stunning in those
red tights, even more fetching than you are now in those pajamas."

"The part was not a difficult one, but very important," Burleigh
continued. "I had to look fierce, and bear aloft a huge red and gold
affair. This was referred to once or twice as 'yon gonfalon of
Diabolus,' so I suppose that's what it was. I only had to go on the
stage twice. In the last scene, where the Wizard got thrown down, there
was a high bridge at the back of the stage. It was steep on the sides,
shaped a good deal like the Chinese bridge in a blue willow-ware plate;
don't you remember? I had to hold this bridge for the Wizard at the head
of my minions, and was doing it with dignity and grace. My instructions
were to stay there until the Queen of the Fairies should point at me and
say 'Avaunt, vile blood-fiends, to the shades below'; then to retire
with signs of rage and terror, while the Hosts of Light came up the
other side of the bridge. Now I was watching and listening to the Queen
carefully, and I am sure she never pointed at me, or opened her head
about 'avaunting.' I think myself that my fatal beauty in the red tights
had made an impression on her, and she didn't want me to leave. She
probably couldn't find it in her heart to call me a blood-fiend; at any
rate there was some hitch, for the Hosts of Light began coming up the
bridge ahead of time. Of course, I wasn't going to avaunt without
orders, so I stood there waiting for my cue. The leading angel called me
a most vile name, in an anxious undertone, and poked his spear violently
in the pit of my stomach. He hurt me like the devil, so I promptly
smashed him on the head with the Gonfalon of Diabolus, and bowled him
down among the advancing Hosts of Light, to their utter confusion. The
next minute something lit on the back of my neck, and that is all I
know. I believe it was a sandbag hove from the wings, and that I was
dragged out by the heels."

"You were, you were," Holworthy shouted at the recollection, "but it was
done so quickly that half of the audience didn't see it."

"When I came to," Ned went on, "I was on my face behind the scenes, with
four or five able-bodied Irishmen sitting on my back. The 'super'
captain was going to turn me over to the cop; but I begged pardon all
round, paid for the leading angel's broken head, and finally managed to
smooth things over."

"They are pretty careful how they take amateur supes at any of the
theatres now. Nothing like the battle of Philippi can ever occur again,"
said Rattleton, regretfully.

"Give us that, Ned," said Stoughton; "I guess some of these fellows have
never heard an accurate account by one of the heroes."

"That was truly the grandest suping event in history," said Burleigh,
refilling his glass, and returning to his position by the fire. "It was
just after that new theatre was opened, way down there on Washington
Street. It was a cheap shrine, but I tell you, now, Melpomene was right
in it. The owners had no idea of making it a low-down variety hall, not
much. They were going to give high-class performances and educate the
masses. One of the first things they had there was a Shakespearean
revival, run by a peripatetic star named Riley. The fellows used to go
in and supe all the time. They rather liked to have Harvard men for two
reasons: first, because it was cheap, and, in the second place, I think
Riley's manager rather expected us to bring all our friends and
relatives there to see us act, and give the place a boom.

"The first night of _Julius Cæsar_ came on Jim de Laye's twenty-first
birthday, and he was going to give a dinner, after which we intended to
fill a box at the show and give Cæsar a good send-off. I went in town to
get the box, and at the office I heard the manager, or some official,
complaining about lack of supes. I made inquiries, and it ended in my
contracting to furnish him with ten good men and true for that evening
at reasonable rates. He gave me as a bonus a few tickets for any of my
family or 'lady friends.' It showed how green he was to take ten of 'de
Ha'vards' at once. They never would have done that anywhere else in

"The other chaps all fell in with the arrangement, and we had the dinner
at Parker's early. A man does not get to be twenty-one years old every
day in the year, so we took pains to see that Jim did it properly.

"That lazy goat on the sofa there (pointing to Rattleton) had not been
seen in Cambridge that afternoon, and knew nothing about the suping
arrangement. Of course, he was late to dinner, as usual, and of course,
as usual, he turned up with that d----d dog of his. After dinner, when
we adjourned to the theatre, we wanted him to leave Blathers behind at
Parker's, but he insisted on taking the pup along, wrapped in his
overcoat. He assured us that Blathers would keep perfectly quiet, and no
one would ever know he was there. We might have known better, but I
suppose we were in a yielding mood. De Laye and two or three others
brought bottles of fizz in their overcoats. They said it was always well
to propitiate the natives, and thought such provisions might be popular
with the Thespians. Jim swore he'd make noble Romans of every man of
'em. We got there early, and Blathers was tied up and hidden away under
Jack's coat in a corner of the dressing-room. In the performance we all
did our parts like little men. Rome was proud of her citizens that day.
As for our mob-work, that showed positive genius."

"How Marc Antony's speech over the body did go!" chuckled Rattleton from
the sofa.

"The stage-manager was delighted and complimented us, and so did Riley
himself. Jack Rat had made friends with Riley very early in the game. He
had invited him out to lunch in Cambridge, and had hinted at getting him
to coach the Pudding show. Moreover, Jack and I had steered several
large parties in to Riley's performances, and Riley knew it. It was a
lucky thing for us, as it turned out, that he and Jack had got so

"All went well until the battle scene. They had put us all on the same
side; in fact, we constituted the entire army of Brutus--that was
another evidence of greenness in the management. The battle had been
raging mildly for some time. We had marched and counter-marched, and had
been reviewed and exhorted two or three times, without even getting a
glimpse of the enemy. At last it came to the scene where Brutus'
aggregation gets driven across the stage by Antony's offering a
desperate resistance. Cassius had been killed, young Cato was going to
be captured, and everything was going to the bow-wows. While we were
standing in the wings along with Antony's army, waiting to go on, Jim de
Laye said, 'Hang it, let's put a little real good acting into this
thing; these stage scraps are too woodeny.' Of course I did my best to
restrain this idea among my companions, but it became popular at once in
spite of anything I could say. I must confess I always had rather a
desire myself to see that oily-mouthed peep of a Marc Antony well
thrashed. The next minute we had to go across the back of the stage,
hotly contesting every inch of the way with our trusty wooden brands,
two up and two down. About half way over, that crazy Jim de Laye opened
the ball by smiting his man hip and thigh and other parts, in the most
life-like manner. The other supe hit back in just anger, and there was
an instant rally of the Brutus forces. My man was a little fellow, and I
did him up in time to see an entirely new feature introduced in the
scene. Marc Antony himself suddenly appeared, hard pressed by a togaed
citizen. The way he got there was this--correct me, Jack, if I make any
mistake in this part of the history. Blathers, as I told you, had been
left curled up under a coat in the dressing-room. Some of the employees
had found him there, however, untied him, and started in to play with
him. Mr. Blathers, finding himself in strange company, slipped away from
them and went looking for his master. Just as the battle scene began, he
arrived at the wings, where Marc Antony was waiting to go on. Antonius
was in very bad humor about something. He asked in fluent Latin, 'What
the ---- that dog was doing there?' and made a kick at Blathers. I guess
Blathers was in much the same mood, for he turned around and effected a
prompt connection with the calf of Marc Antony's leg. He was a
disappointed dog; he got his mouth full of horsehair. Antony wasn't
touched, and let Blathers have it with the other foot.

"Now, Jack had not been assigned to the army, and was off duty in that
scene. He was standing in the wings in Roman citizen's clothes, trying
to flirt with the vestal virgins.

"Hold on," interrupted Jack, "you told me to correct any mistake. That's

"Well, perhaps they were not. You know more about that than I do,"
admitted Ned. "Any way, he turned around just in time to see his
faithful hound doing somersaults from Marc Antony's toe. I'll do Jack
the justice to say that he is generally slow to wrath--he is too
lazy--but when that ugly pup of his is concerned, he loses his head.

"He not only lost his head that time, but tried to knock off Marc
Antony's too. Marc went, staggering out into the field of battle, and
Jack, the fool, followed him up. As I said, the battle had opened in
earnest all along the line when this happened, and the house was already
on it's feet. It was a good, warm house. It was mainly from Sou' Boston,
and had taken about thirty-five seconds to get on to the magnificent
realism of the scene. It went wild with delight at this addition to the
affair. Blathers rallied and flew out on the stage to the support of
Jack's charge. This time he tore all the padding off Marc's legs, amid
the enthusiastic plaudits of the audience.

"The stage-manager yelled for the policeman, and went tearing about
after him. 'Colonel' Dixey, of Kentucky, who was also off duty in this
scene, had enticed the cop into a distant corner, along with the
departed Cæsar and a bottle of fizz. J. Cæsar was a tragedian who would
have been dear to the heart of a _Puck_ artist. He was a thirsty soul
with a radiant nose and a beery eye. Shortly after his death he had
attached himself to Colonel Dixey and his overcoat, and the Colonel had
warmly requited his affection. In fact, Dixey devoted two whole bottles
to the good work, and at the end of the fourth act Cæsar had had some
difficulty in doing his own ghost. He was free after that, and during
this last act, he and the Colonel had let in the blue-coat, and retired
into a secluded nook among the scenery. The Colonel had filled Cæsar up
to the brim, and had got the law pretty well zigged, too, when the
manager brought the news of battle. All three rushed to the front, the
cop, of course, getting there last. The conflict was at its height, when
dead Cæsar appeared, boiling drunk, and took sides with inspiring shouts
against his own avengers. Dixey pitched in too, and these reinforcements
turned the tide at once. Brutus was victorious at all points. We rushed
Marc Antony and his gang clear off the field, and destroyed the flying
remnants behind the wings. The audience fairly howled and encored

"The cop was utterly useless, he grabbed the small man that I had
floored in the beginning of the row, clubbed him a little, and hung on
to him like grim death. The manager was crazy, and told him to send for
a hurry-up wagon, and run us all in. We showed the law great respect,
though, after the shindy was over; called him sergeant and offered to
support him in maintaining the peace. He didn't know exactly who was
responsible, so he contented himself with shaking the little man some
more, and declaring that he could 'attend to this business alone, and
didn't want no help, see?' Marc Antony wanted the blood of Jack and
Blathers, but Riley, the star, who played Brutus, was inclined to think
that Antony was to blame for the whole thing. You see Antony had got
more applause than Brutus all through. His great speech had had a
particular success, probably due to our able presentation of the
populace. Riley sat on Marc first, and then they both went for Cæsar,
who was maudlin in the corner. He had got a helmet on, wrong side
before, and was begging us with tears in his eyes to go 'once more into
the breach, dear friends, or close the wall with our English dead.' When
Brutus cursed him he drew himself up and hiccoughed, 'Et tu,
Brute,--hic--well--hic you seen me at Philippi anyhow.'

"Riley went back on the stage and made a little speech, and the audience
cheered him to the echo. Then the play went on, Brutus died like a man,
and all the principals, including J. Cæsar and Blathers, were called
before the curtain. Jack made it up with Marc Antony, and after the show
we consoled the vanquished army with what was left of the champagne.
Most of the supes were Irish, anyway, and had enjoyed the pleasantry."


It was ten o'clock and time for John Stuart Mill to give place to Mary
Jane, so Stoughton threw the former into an arm-chair and took the
latter from the mantel-piece. He filled and lighted her affectionately,
and the content of the evening pipe came upon him. Then he bethought him
of beer and pleasant converse, and strolled around to the Pudding in
pursuit thereof.

There he found the usual ten o'clock "resting convention" in session
beneath its blue cloud of nicotine. The "earnest resters," as Burleigh
termed them, were stretched about in various attitudes, more of laziness
than repose. They were just then engaged in the popular pastime of
blackguarding the last number of the _Lampoon_ for the benefit of
Hudson, one of the editors.

"Hullo, Dick," remarked that gentleman, glad to change the subject as
Stoughton entered, "we knew you were coming; smelt Mary Jane as soon as
you turned the corner."

"Did you, really," replied Stoughton, making room for himself on the
sofa by removing Rattleton's legs to a neighboring chair, and spilling
the dog Blathers on the floor. "What was that chum of yours doing in the
building last night? Were you also engaged in the unseemly disturbance?"

"No," answered Hudson, "I had nothing to do with it. I decline all
responsibility for Edward Burleigh. I am not my room-mate's keeper."

"I heard him carolling on the stairs at an hour when singing should be
left to the little birds. He hammered on my door for a while, but I knew
enough not to get up. I wonder he didn't raise the proctor. He shouted,
through my key-hole, something about the war being over."

"Yes," said Hudson, "that was what he told me when he woke me up by
sitting on my chest. He was going to carry the good news all through the
Yard, but I persuaded him to go to bed and wait until morning."

"Where had he been?"

"Well, you see, Jack Randolph carried him off yesterday evening to a
meeting of the Southern Club, as an invited guest, to span the bloody
chasm with him. They spanned it a good many times there, I guess, and
then as it was a beautiful moonlight night and perfect sleighing, they
decided that the bloody chasm ought to be spanned in Brookline and other
neighboring towns. So they got a cutter, and must have conducted
spanning operations on a wide scale all over the country, for they
didn't get back until dawn. George Smith, the policeman, says he saw
them sitting on the steps of Harvard Hall, singing 'John Brown's Body'
and 'Dixie,' and hymns of peace while the sun rose."

"I deny the aspersion on the Southern Club," exclaimed 'Colonel' Dixey,
from the other end of the long sofa. "I was present at the meeting, and
we had nothing to induce sunrise hymns. I don't know what Jack and Ned
did afterwards, but they didn't get it at the Southern Club."

This somewhat veiled assertion raised an incredulous chorus: "Oh, Dixey,
may you be forgiven." "Come, come, Colonel, do you mean to persuade us
that an organization containing at least three members from Kentucky is
run on a cold-water basis?" "Where is the glory of your old
commonwealth?" "Bet the meeting was full of rum--rum and rebellion!
Don't deny it, Colonel." "Drink and treason!"

"Neither, sir, neither," replied Dixey to this chaff. "I grieve to hear
such narrow-minded accusations. Prexy was there and made a speech.--Oh,
Holworthy! You know that man we saw yesterday in the Transept of
Memorial? He was at the Southern Club with Prexy."

"Oh, yes," said Holworthy, "who was he?"

"A grad. from Georgia. I have forgotten his name."

"I thought he was a grad., and not a stranger, for he didn't have a
guide book, and didn't ask us to show him the "_campus_." Had he been a

"Didn't say. If so, he was probably a Confed."

"Well, he looked like an interesting old cock anyway," said Holworthy to
the others. "He was standing before one of the tablets with his hat off.
Somehow, when we saw him, our own hats felt so uncomfortable that we
took them off, too, as we passed through."

"Holly made up all sorts of poetry about him," added Dixey.

"No, I didn't; but I do think he did the right thing in uncovering."

"Of course he did," said Ernest Gray, emphatically. "No man ought to
keep his hat on in that transept."

"Oh, now you've done it, Hol," groaned Stoughton. "You have started the
'Only Serious.'"

"We get too careless going back and forth in it every day," continued
Gray. "We don't fully appreciate it, or we forget what it means."

"Forget what it means! Great Scott, Ernest, have you never heard a Class
Day oration or poem? What would our inspired youths do without the poor,
hard-worked old transept? How did they ever get inspired before it was
built? Don't we have our hearts fired all up at least once a year on
that subject?"

"Except those of us who may have been previously fired by the Dean," put
in Rattleton, with a contemplative sigh over eminent possibilities.

"Well, it is a pity then that the Class Day conflagration doesn't last a
little longer. I don't believe in keeping sentiment for special
occasions. It would be better for all hands to preserve a little of it
throughout the year, and in this place, of all others, I should think at
least a little reverence for the past might be kept alive. But one might
suppose that there was no such thing as reverence at Harvard nowadays."

"Hooray!" "Hear, hear!" "Go it, old man!" "Good for the Only Serious!"
"Pegasus in a canter!"

"That's right," answered Gray warmly, to this burst of invidious
encouragement. "Laugh at anything that is serious or the least approach
to feeling; it is the fashion."

"Brought on by over-doses of gush," remarked Stoughton, knocking the
ashes contemptuously out of Mary Jane.

"Of course, there is a lot of twaddle talked about such things,"
answered Gray, "and I acknowledge that exaggeration tends to cheapen
patriotism, but the existence of a lot of tinsel in the world doesn't
make gold less valuable, does it?"

"Quite true," assented Hudson, "and because Dick Stoughton smokes such a
pipe as Mary Jane, there is no reason why we should all give up tobacco.
That is a better simile than yours."

"Well, it is a good thing that Harvard men have not always been so
afraid of appearing in earnest," growled Gray. "I don't believe there
was so much brilliant wit wasted when men were leaving college every day
to join their regiments. I wish I had been here then."

"So do I," drawled Rattleton; "what a bully excuse a fellow would have
had for not getting his degree."

"What an excitement there must have been," went on Gray, without
noticing the interruption. "Just think of being cheered out of the Yard
when you left for the war, and then perhaps distinguishing yourself, and
coming back to Class Day with your arm in a sling."

"Just think of coming back in a pine-box," added Hudson, graphically.

"Well, suppose you did? You have got to die some time, and your name
would have been put on a tablet in memorial."

"Yes, but you wouldn't have been tickled by seeing it there," said the
irritating Stoughton. "Half your patriotism is vanity, Ernest, you
shallow theatrical poser."

"It would do you men good to read the _Memorial Biographies_," Gray
continued, now thoroughly aroused, and paying no attention to the side
remarks. "They ought to be part of the prescribed work for a degree."

"Yes, but as Hudson says, you couldn't do that if you were a
biographee," reasoned Dane Austin, the law-school man, taking a hand in
the baiting.

"It would be perfectly disgusting to hear you fellows talk this way,"
Gray declared, "if one didn't know that it was all affectation. I am not
sure that that fact does not make it worse. You all really feel just as
I do, but you are afraid to say so."

"Another appalling case of Harvard indifference," observed Stoughton.

"The modern dilettante has no noble desire for red war."

"He likes to make people believe that he has no noble desire for
anything, and he has a morbid fear of being a hypocrite. As a matter of
fact, you are all of you the worst kind of hypocrites, for you try to
appear worse than you are."

"Oh, dear, no," Rattleton protested, lazily, "that would be too hard
work for any of this crowd--except me."

"A war would be a good thing to stir you up. I almost wish the war times
would come again," exclaimed Gray, hotly.

"Now you are getting right down to work," laughed Hudson. "What a rise
we are getting out of our earnest young man to-night."

"You let your feelings get away with you, Gray," added Holworthy. "I
don't believe it was all glory and enthusiasm in those days. You forget
there was another side to it. For instance, Jack Randolph's governor was
not cheered out of the Yard when _he_ left for the war."

"Yes, there _was_ another side to it," came a voice from the other end
of the room, and a big arm-chair, that had been facing the fire with its
back to the knot of men, was pushed around so as show its occupant. He
was evidently one of that wide class known to the undergraduate as the
"Old Grads." An old grad. attains his title as soon as he ceases to be a
very young grad.; there is no transition degree. In this case he seemed
about middle aged, perhaps fifty, with hair turning gray, and a rather
deeply marked brown face. The latter was just then a little flushed, and
had the expression often seen on a face that has just been looking a
long time into a fire and a long way through it.

The lounging students started a little at this sudden interruption, and
stirred as young men do on finding themselves suddenly in the presence
of an older one. Rattleton took his long legs down from their supporting
chair, Hudson pushed his hat back from his nose to its proper place,
Dixey took his hands out of his pockets and sat up straight, while Dick
Stoughton paused in the act of relighting Mary Jane, and when the match
burnt his fingers forbore to swear. As the cause of the disturbance rose
and came towards them they stood up. Hollis Holworthy showed signs of
positive uneasiness. He turned bright red in the face, as he recognized
the man whom he had just described as "an interesting old cock."

"I--I beg your pardon, sir," he began, "I had no idea----"

"That the old cock was present?" laughed the older man. "I assure you,
my boy, that I was not in the least offended, and even had I cause for
offence, I deserved it. Your remark was a retribution, a striking
repetition of history. I remember once asking Holworthy of '61 who the
bully old boy in the beaver hat was, and the bully old boy proved to be
Holworthy '32. Thirty years are like a spy-glass--your views depend upon
the end through which you look."

The thirty years melted at once beneath the laugh that followed this
introduction, and, as the stranger took a chair among the group, the
smoke went up again from Mary Jane and other pipes.

"Then you were in college with my father?" asked Holworthy. "You must
have been here just in the time of which we were speaking."

"That is the reason why I took the liberty of joining so abruptly in
your conversation," said the graduate. "I want to tell you young men a
story. I have never told it before, and would not tell it to any other
audience, but I know that it can be fully appreciated by you, and it
belongs to your traditions. So I am going to give it to you, if you do
not mind being bored for a while by an old grad."

"I don't think any of us will raise any serious objections," said
Stoughton, as he paused.

The graduate smiled and then began: "As I said when I just now
interrupted your discussion, there was another side to the glory of the
war times in the old college. To the war itself there was, of course,
another side, and I was on it. Up to the breaking of the storm we boys
had not troubled ourselves much about the out-look. Most of us took
politics lightly, and though burning then, still, among us at least,
they were, as now I suppose, more the subject of good-natured chaff than
of bitter feelings. However deeply the more thoughtful of us may have
felt, they never allowed their convictions to interfere with their
friendships. Of course, there were a few loud-mouthed zealots who made
themselves disagreeable, but they were as much so to men of their own
opinions as to those of the opposite.

"Hardly any one really expected war, or, if he did, ever said so. The
historic shot fired on Sumter was, therefore, as much of a shock to our
little community as to all of the North--even more, for a civil war
meant more to us. To us, you know, fraternity is a reality.

"When the news came so that it could not be denied, it was not talked of
between us Southerners and the rest. Next came the news that my State
had gone out. That night my chum Jim Standish and I sat in our
window-seat and smoked a long time without speaking. Finally the
question came from him, 'Well, old man, are you going?' I said, 'Yes.'
Then he put out his hand and I took it hard. When we had nearly finished
our pipes Jim spoke again, 'When this is over, Tom,' he said, 'you will
come back and get your degree with us.' I shook my head, I remember, and
answered: 'It won't be over until long after our commencement--or else
Harvard will be in a country foreign to me.'

"You see I remember that evening and the conversation very vividly. It
was all we ever held on the subject. I knew what Jim's opinions were,
and he knew mine well enough; but he was too much of a gentleman to make
my position any harder for me than it was. I was going to do what I
considered my duty,--let that pass now also; it was more than a quarter
of a century ago.

"Very soon the letter came from home, but I did not need it to hurry me.
Jim and I were together almost every minute until I went away, and all
my other friends seemed to go out of their way to show me courtesy and

"The night before I left was Strawberry Night at the Pudding, and I
remember I had intended not to go to the rooms. They were then in the
top of Stoughton. I was packing in my room when Jim and Harry Rodes and
one or two others came in, as a committee, to insist on my going. The
committee accomplished its purpose by the usual smooth-tongued diplomacy
of the undergraduate. They told me not to make a damn fool of myself,
and that if I did not come round like a man, the theatricals should not
go on. So I went, and tried to forget on my last night in the Yard that
there was any world outside of it. That is the play-bill of those
theatricals hanging over there on the wall now. What a time we had that

"I went home next day, with Clayton Randolph, Jack Randolph's father, as
the rising generation always puts it. There was not much difficulty in
getting South at that time. I enlisted soon after I arrived, and, as a
result, was rather busy for four years.

"Of course, for a long time I heard nothing from Cambridge. You boys
know how almost the whole graduating class went to the front, and many
an underclassman did not wait for his Commencement. You can read the
degrees won by some of them in Memorial Hall. Every now and then I saw
in that precious booty, a Northern newspaper, a name that I had last
heard called in a recitation, or had myself many a time shouted across
the Yard.

"The stray Northern papers were not my source of news in all cases.
There was one name that for a time was in the mouths of all our men, and
I had to risk their scorn and suspicion in defending it. They would
hardly believe that the man who could lead a black regiment, and die in
the front of his niggers in that terrible charge on Fort Wagner, was not
a hardened ruffian, a desperate mercenary, but a fair-haired boy of
five-and-twenty, and the most sunny, lovable gentleman that ever left
the ballroom for the battle-field.

"I saw myself the fall of a man of different mould, but of the same
metal. We were holding a strong position and had repulsed two heavy
charges, when we saw the enemy forming for a third. This time they came
closer than in either of the previous attempts, and it looked for a
minute as if they would reach us. But our fire was frightful, aided by
several batteries that were pouring in grape and canister at short
range. The regiment immediately in front of us came on well; but no body
of men could stand it, and at last it wavered and then broke. Through
the smoke I could see a mounted officer tearing about and trying
desperately to rally the men, striking with the flat of his sword, and
evidently beside himself with anger. Then, as he found it was no use and
his men left him, he turned, rode all alone straight at us, and was shot
through and through. I have seen too much of what is ordinarily called
courage to be attracted to a man solely by that commonest of virtues;
but this man's splendid scorn of surviving his failure, his fury at what
he considered disgrace, and his deliberate self-sacrifice, lifted his
act above the common run of bravery. That man had breeding, and I wanted
to have a look at him. After the fight was over, I went to where he lay
dead with his horse. It was Boredon of '61. I had hated that man. He had
been one of those disagreeable cranks of whom I have spoken, a man
absorbed with one idea and allowing that idea to color all his feelings,
and spoil his manners. He had been to me as a red rag to a bull. But
when I recognized him there, I would have given a great deal to have
been able to tell him how proud I was of him. Evidently he had at least
the hard part of a gentleman. I went back to my brother officers, and,
with a good deal of boyish swagger I am afraid, said to them, 'That
fellow was at Harvard with me. That is the sort of fools they make

"Well, the war went on until we were hemmed in around Richmond in '64.
It was at that time that I ran across Clayton Randolph, whom I had not
seen since we left Cambridge together. I came near not recognizing him
in the circumstances in which I found him. A battery of artillery had
got stuck in the mud, but as I came up to it the last gun was being
dragged out. An officer seemed to be doing most of the work, shoving on
the wheels and encouraging his tired men. Shortly afterwards we were
again halted next to the same battery, and there was the same officer
sitting on a stump. His old uniform was covered with mud and
axle-grease; his beard was four days' old; but he was Clayton Randolph,
Randolph the dandy, Randolph, the model of neatness, whose perfect
clothes had always been an object of chaff among us; Randolph, whose
heaviest labor had been to polish his hat, and deepest thought to plan a
dinner. He was sharing his piece of stale cornbread with a hungry little
darky. You may imagine that we were rather glad to see each other.
Clayton, however, had no more Cambridge news to give me than I had to
give him, which was rather a disappointment. His battery was stationed
near my regiment that winter, so we managed to see a good deal of each
other in camp.

"One day, as I was sitting in front of my tent, I saw Clayton come
galloping into the company street as though carrying urgent despatches.
On seeing me he began shouting and waving his cap, as if there was
danger that I might not see him and hear what he had to say. He was
evidently beside himself about something,--and so was I, when he pulled
up and yelled: 'What do you think? Jim Standish is in Libby prison!'

"I forget how he had learned this, but I remember he was very sure of
it. By great luck and much energy we both managed to get leave that same
day, and go to Richmond together; but we were disappointed in our hopes
of seeing Jim. We turned every stone we could, and tried our best with
the authorities, but it was no use; we could not get into the prison.
There had been several escapes at that time, and no visitor of any sort
was allowed to enter. The provost in charge, however, who knew Clayton,
told us we might send Jim a letter, subject, of course, to its
examination by the authorities. So we wrote him that we were there, and
asked if there was anything he wanted us to send him. We explained that
we could not get in to see him, but that he must write us all the news
he could.

"In a short time the guard who had taken our note came back and asked
what relation to us 'that young feller' was. We told him no relation by
blood, but something a little closer, perhaps. 'Well,' said he, 'I never
saw a feller take on so when I give him your note. He begged me to let
him talk to you, and he most cried. Then he begged worse kind just to
let him look out of a window where he could see you. He asked which side
of the house you was on, and I reckon if I'd ha' told him he'd ha' made
a break for the window and risked my shootin' him. I was right sorry,
but I couldn't do nothin' for him but get him some paper. He's writin'
you a letter now, and says for you to be sure and wait for it.'

"There was no danger of our not waiting for it. Neither of us had heard
a word from the old place or from any of our friends for three years. I
suppose none of you boys has ever been separated from his college
friends for a longer time than the long vacation?"

"I was away for a year after graduating," answered Dane Austin. "I was
abroad with a classmate, and I remember the first long letter from one
of our chums; all about the Springfield game, and what all 'the gang'
were doing. We read that letter over every day for a month."

"Then you can imagine what it was to get news after three years, and
three such years. We waited and waited for that letter, and at last it
came out to us--a regular volume. I have it now. I don't believe Jim
ever wrote so much in all his college work put together. We sat with our
backs against a wall while I read it aloud.

"First it gave us all the news from Cambridge;--among other things, that
we had won the boat-race on Lake Quinsigamond. Randolph said that almost
made up for Gettysburg, and we had a little cheer all to ourselves. I
remember a man came running up to hear what the news was and whether the
Yankees had been licked anywhere. We told him not that we knew of, but
Harvard had beaten Yale, and he went off damning us for making such a
row about nothing. The letter went on to say that there would probably
be no race that year, as most of the rowing men had gone off to the war.
Almost all of our old set had gone into the army, it said. That jolly,
good-for-nothing rattle, bad Bob Bowling, who was always on the ragged
edge of expulsion, always in hot water with the Faculty, and who had
been booked by every one for a very bad end, had disappointed them all
and found a distinguished career in a cavalry regiment. But the hero of
the class was little Digges, 'Nancy' Digges, the quiet, shy, little
pale-faced student who looked as if he would blow away in a strong wind,
and whom no one had thought was good for anything but grubbing for Greek
roots. This man had been promoted several times for gallantry. At
Gettysburg, when Longstreet's corps was right on top of his battery,
when his supports had been driven in, his horses shot, and his gunners
were falling around him, he had dragged his guns back by hand, one by
one, and stopped to spike the last while one of our men was reaching for
him with a bayonet. When I read this we both exclaimed: 'Well, I'll be
hanged, Little Nancy!'"

"It was at Gettysburg also that Jim had seen Harry Rodes. The last time
that Jim had seen him before that was just before leaving college, when
Rodes had been elected president of the Hasty Pudding; this time he was
lying in the grass, where it was red. There was like news of several
other old chums.

"'As for your humble servant,' Jim wrote, 'he has only succeeded in
getting himself ignominiously jugged by your Johnnies.' I heard, long
afterwards, how he had been captured, pinned under his dead horse, with
a broken sabre, and three of our men to his score. 'This is not so much
fun,' he went on, 'as that night in the Newton jail, which perhaps you
may remember, Tom. You got me into that, you riotous companion and
perverter of my youth.' I remembered that scrape of our Sophomore year
very well, but I had a strong impression that it was Jim who upset the
officer of the law. He told us he could stand Libby, however, well
enough, if he only had a little smoke, and asked if we could not give
aid and comfort to the invader in the shape of tobacco. At this Randolph
exclaimed: 'Jim Standish without his pipe! That is a real case of
suffering among the prisoners!' The letter wound up with an injunction
to answer it at once and tell all about ourselves and the other boys on
our side, and with the hope that we should all be at the next triennial

"As soon as we had read the letter we went off and spent all our savings
in tobacco. That was the only cheap thing in Richmond in those days, and
we got enough to last Jim for months, though I have no doubt that he at
once gave most of it away. Then we got some paper, and wrote him all we
knew of the Harvard men on our side of the fence. We could give an
equally good account of them, too; for though, as disobedient children,
Alma Mater has frowned on us, she never had cause to blush. We finished
the letter before it was time for us to go back to camp, and sent it
with the tobacco to Jim. We promised to try again to see him, but
neither of us could get leave for a long time. If we had there would
have been little chance of our getting into Libby; and if we had gotten
into Libby, we should not have found Jim there."

As the speaker paused Stoughton asked, "Why? did he es----" and then
stopped, inwardly cursing himself, as he noticed a look that was coming
into the face of the narrator. But the latter at once relieved him
immensely by continuing.

"Yes, he escaped--very soon after our visit. A lot of prisoners got out
together, Jim among them. The news was sent to all the troops near
Richmond and instructions to keep a sharp lookout for them. Jim managed
to get to our very outer lines, and one pitch-dark night tried to run
the picket. The officer in command saw him in the brush and challenged
him. Jim, trusting to the darkness and his old hundred-yard records,
tried to make a dash for it. The officer fired and shot--shot him down
like a dog."

The speaker's cigar had apparently gone out, and no one looked at him
while he relit it. They looked at the walls where the firelight danced
over the rollicking play-bills of thirty years ago. In a moment the
graduate spoke again:

"As I leaned over the dearest friend I ever had, we recognized each
other and he smiled. I took his head in my lap and he died holding my

"Then you saw him before he died? Were you with the picket?" asked Gray.

"Yes.--I commanded the picket."


It was all the result of a violent discussion in Stoughton's room.
Hudson held that four miles an hour was an easy walking gait; Stoughton
and Gray said it wasn't.

"I tell you," said the latter, "when you are doing better than three and
a half, you are hitting it up pretty well, and you couldn't keep it up
for any length of time. Don't you remember, Dick, we timed ourselves
when we walked out from Boston the other night? It took us fifty minutes
from the corner of Charles and Cambridge Streets, and that is just about
three miles."

"Yes, and we went at a pretty good pace too," added Stoughton.

"That was probably after a supper at Billy Parks'," Hudson explained;
"under those circumstances you undoubtedly covered a great many more
miles than the crow flies between here and Boston."

"No, witty youth, it wasn't anything of the kind. We don't follow in
your footsteps," retorted Dick to this innuendo. "No, sir, you couldn't
walk four miles an hour all day to save your neck."

"I'm betting I could," Hudson replied, "I have done it often out

"I dare say you thought so; have you ever tried it over a measured

"No, but I can guess at about what rate I am walking, and four miles an
hour is a good easy swing. I'll bet you a V that I can do twenty-four
miles in six hours."

"I'll take that," answered Stoughton, promptly.

"So will I, if you offer the same," said Gray.

"Yes, I'll bet with you, too," said Hudson.

Just at that moment Ned Burleigh came in, going through the form of
giving the door a thump as he opened it, and telling himself to come in.

"What are you abandoned sports betting about now?" he asked, as he
covered the whole front of the fireplace as usual.

"Steve thinks he can walk twenty-four miles in six hours," answered
Stoughton, "and we each have five dollars worth of opinion that he
can't. What do you think about it?"

"I don't know; he is a pretty fast young man. Is it to be on a cinder
track, or over an ordinary road? That would make a great difference."

"Have you any fond hope," asked Hudson, "that I am going to make a Roman
holiday of myself on Holmes' Field for the edification of you children
and the whole University? I am quite aware that that is just what you
would like; you would be out there with a brass band. No, my friend, I
ask for no advantages. I am quite willing to take my chances over any
ordinary country road, and in ordinary clothes."

"Extraordinary English knickerbockers, you mean," corrected Ned.

"You can take the road from here to Framingham," suggested Stoughton.
"That is a perfectly straight one and you can't miss it. It is a little
short of twenty-four miles, but we will allow you the slight

"Yes, I know that road," said Hudson. "I drove over it when I was at
school at Southborough. Strike the Worcester turnpike, don't you, after
crossing the river at Watertown, and then keep on through Newton,
Wellesley, Natick, and all those places? All right, I'll take that road."

Ned Burleigh reflected a moment. "I think," he admitted, with a shake of
his head, "that it can certainly be done by any man with strength and
sand; but Steve Hudson can't do it."

"I'll tell you what, old fatty-cakes," declared Hudson, indignantly,
"I'll bet _you ten_ dollars on the event."

"No, I won't go you ten, because I don't believe in betting so much on a
certainty. Besides, you are hard up now, and you would undoubtedly
borrow from me the money with which to pay me your bet. I can't afford
to have you do that, sweet me child, but I will contribute a five like
the others, towards this purse."

It was arranged that Hudson should choose his day, and give notice of it
to the others in the morning. Then the tones of the ancient bell, tolled
by the ancient Jones, came from the ancient belfry of Harvard Hall, and
Hudson and Gray went over to a recitation in University Hall.

When they had gone Burleigh delivered himself of a great whoop of
ecstasy. "He can do it easily, I know," he said. "We shall lose our
money, but, Great Cæsar, it will be worth the admission. We must get all
the others to bet with him, too, so that he won't back out. Let's go and
get ready for it at once."

"What do you mean?" queried Stoughton, "what are you going to do?"

"Can't you guess, Mack, you Eyetalian? Come on, I'll tell you," and they
went out over the Square towards a printer's.

Three or four days after this Hudson appeared at breakfast in his
walking breeches and big Scotch stockings and announced he was going to
start. He would leave Harvard Square at half-past ten o'clock and arrive
at the town hall in Framingham at half-past four on that afternoon.

Stoughton and Gray said that they might be at the finish to receive him,
if they found nothing better to do, otherwise he could time himself at
the finish. Both of these men had ten o'clock lectures, so they could
not see him start. Holworthy and Randolph had promised to make up a four
for a morning pull on the river. Rattleton, of course, had not yet come
to breakfast. Burleigh also had a ten o'clock that he felt he really
ought not to cut (it did not strike Steve at the time that this was no
reason to Ned for not cutting); so he regretted exceedingly that he
would have to let Steve start off uncheered and time himself. He would
endeavor to be at the finish, however, to carry Hudson home.

Promptly at half-past ten Steve left Harvard Square, with a swinging
stride, and struck up Garden Street by the Washington elm and thence to
Brattle Street. He was in fine form and spirits and had chosen his day
well. It was one of our glorious, manful November days that have had
much to do, I firmly believe, with the progress of this nation; days
when a man can do anything; when the sparkling, drinkable Northwester
floods your lungs, and swells your chest into a balloon that seems to
lift you clear of the ground. On such a day the twenty-four miles ahead
of him seemed nothing to Hudson, and he sprang along overflowing with

The historic University town, with all its associations, seemed to him
more beautiful and interesting than ever. Washington, he thought, might
have taken command of an army under the old tree four or five times a
day in such weather. No wonder Longfellow could keep the Muse at his
fireside in that fascinating Craigie house. As he neared the end of
Brattle Street, he went by peaceful Elmwood, where a poet, ambassador,
scholar, and patriot was then ending his days; and buoyant, youthful
Steve was struck by that perfect waiting-place for the great gentleman
whose work was done. He wondered whether any of _his_ friends would ever
stir and honor the nation, and whether the great man had been anything
like them when he was a fool undergrad. The traditions of the Hasty
Pudding said that he had been a good deal like other boys.

Hudson reached Watertown well ahead of time. To his annoyance he saw
that the street through which he had to pass was crowded, principally
with small boys. "Something or other must have happened," he thought. "A
dog-fight, or a runaway, or a man carried into a drug store. If the
attraction is still on, I am all right; if not, I shall have to run the

He soon discovered that the latter apprehension was the true one, and
that he was in for just that species of entertainment. A great cheer
went up as he approached, and a body of embryo leading citizens ran
forward to meet him. They closed in all around and escorted him along
the main street between two lines of shouting people.

"Hey, mister, give us some!" "Go on, you'll do it; good boy, Wingsey."
"When're yer goin' to fork 'em out?" "Rats, dat ain't him, dat fancy guy
is one o' de Ha'vards, sure." "Will yer look at de jay?" "Get on to de
legs!" "What's he got 'em wrapped up in, shawls?" "Naw, carpets." "Say,
mister, yer pants is got caught inside yer socks." "I guess them is
English, yer know." "Ain't yer going to give us no gum?" "A--ah, let 'm
alone, he ain't nothin' but one o' them stoodent jays. He ain't no
winged wonder, a--ah!"

The above was what Steve enjoyed in his progress through Watertown. He
finally shook off his pursuers on the edge of the village, and breathed
freely again, as he "crossed the river and mounted the steep." The
beauty of the Charles begins at this point, and he sat down for a minute
to look at it and rest. On his left was the first dam, the end of
navigation for the college craft; on his right the river wound away from
its high banks to the brown meadows beyond. While he sat there a
four-oared crew shot under the bridge and rested on their oars in the
quiet pool at his feet, just in front of the falls. He knew the man who
was steering and called to him. "Hullo, Hudson," came the recognition,
"what are you doing up here?"

"Off on a tramp. Glorious day for exercise, isn't it?"

"Yes, you have no idea how I enjoy this rowing," answered the coxswain.

"Have you seen Holworthy and Randolph up around this part of the river?"

"No, they were coming in this boat, but backed out because they had
something else on hand, I believe."

"Oh, did they? Well, good-by, I have got to hurry along. I am walking
against time."

Steve strode on through Newton, and Newton Centre, and Newton Lower
Falls, and all the other Newtons, and to his horror he found in each
town the same gathering, and went through the same ovation that he had
received in Watertown. Had he gone to work and picked out a public
holiday? No, he was sure it was not that, and the fact that it was
Saturday, and the schools had therefore turned their swarms loose on the
suffering country, would not account for all of the crowd in every
village. Perhaps there was an extra election going on in that county.
What puzzled him most, however, was that all the urchins seemed to
expect something of him besides mere amusement, and a pitiable example
of dress.

He passed close by Joe Lee's at Auburndale; several children ran across
the lawn of the famous hostel, and after "sizing him up," went back with
expressions of disappointment. The worst trial of all, however, was the
battery at Wellesley. He had to go by the Female College, or Ladies'
Seminary, and there was a large group of the students of that
institution, by the roadside. Steve had never before been afflicted with
bashfulness, and did not acknowledge that he was troubled in that way
now, but he felt peculiarly alone, and would have given much for another
man or just a few less girls. By the terms of his bet he could not run
any of the distance; but a giggle almost made him throw up the stakes
and break the pace. By a great effort, however, he brazened it out, and
even smiled cheerfully. He made a penitent inward resolution never to
lean out of the window again when a girl went through the Yard.

When more than half way, he stopped to speak with a farmer leaning over
the fence by the road. The uncrossed Yankee of the rural districts still
clings to a prejudice of his fathers, a prejudice, long since dropped in
our more progressive communities, that a man has a right to wear what he
chooses and do what he chooses provided he neither shocks nor interferes
with any one else. This old farmer looked at Steve with wonder and
interest, but did not think it necessary, as had the good citizens of
the factory towns, to heap scorn and derision on "de dood." He bowed to
the wayfarer, as he would to any well-behaved stranger.

"Good afternoon," said Hudson, grateful for this drop of human kindness.
"Can you tell me, sir, how far it is to Framingham?"

"Wa-al, abaout nigh on to ten mile or more, they call it. There's a
train goes pretty soon; ye won't find it so fur in the cars."

"Oh, I'm going to walk it," explained Steve, with a smile.

"Thet's a powerful long walk, young man. How fur ye come already?"

"From Cambridge."

"Gosh! Well your legs is young and pretty long, but ye must want suthin
to do' pretty bad. Be ye broke or anythin'? Want any victuals?"

"No, thanks, I am walking for fun, trying to do it on time, you see."

"Mebbe you're advertisin' suthin'? Oh, I want to know! Be you the winged
wonder o' Westchester, or some sech place I hear tell on jest now?"

A light began to glimmer in Hudson's mind. He had been asked several
times if he was the "winged wonder," but had paid no attention to the
question, supposing that it was merely a form of the great public wit.
Now it was asked him in perfect good faith, and the name of his own home
was added to the alliteration. He began to connect his persecution with
Holworthy and Randolph's failure to row.

"No," he answered his friendly interrogator, "not intentionally, but I
am beginning now to suspect that I _am_ occupying some such position. I
am much obliged to you for your information. I must move along now."

"Good day, sir; guess ye'll want a heap o' corn-plasters when ye git to

"Not with these stockings," laughed Hudson, glad of an opportunity to
justify his clothes, "they're thick and soft, great things to walk in."

"They be, eh? Well, I kinder thought they wasn't just for looks. I don't
want none to-day, though, good day."

"Good-by," and Steve went on, feeling sure that the old man still
suspected him at least of peddling footgear.

Just before the end of his tramp he sat down for a rest on an inviting
fence rail. He had plenty of time to spare, but the grassy bank might
have kept him too long and made him stiff. Oh, how pleasant that
three-cornered rail did feel! A piece of paper blew across the road and
whirled up in his face. It was a hand-bill of some sort; he remembered
now having seen several of them along the way, but had picked up none.
He caught this one and turned it over. This was what he read:





     He is matched to walk twenty-four miles to-day for an enormous
     purse. He holds world records for pedestrianism. He will wear
     one of our custom-made London suitings, unexcelled for natty
     outdoor wear and stylish appearance. They are all the rage in
     England, and therefore sure to be popular here.

     He will also distribute, gratis, tops and marbles to the boys
     and chewing-gum to the ladies. Watch for him, everybody; he
     will be here soon, and will follow this road.




The glimmer dawned to a great light. He jumped down and hurried along
the remaining mile or two as fast as his weary legs would go. There was
no crowd awaiting him on the out-skirts of Framingham, and for a few
minutes he hoped that he was going to at least finish in peace. Vain
hope! As he approached the public square he saw it crowded with people
and heard the strains of a brass band. On turning the corner he was
received with a great shout. Then he saw a sight that explained it all,
and caused him to exclaim, "The three-year-old idiots!"

In front of the town-hall was drawn up a barge with four plumed horses.
In it were a band of music and a full delegation of Steve's devoted
friends. Ned Burleigh was up on the box haranguing the populace.

"What sort of a fool circus are you children trying to make of
yourselves," asked Hudson, as he came up.

"A grand one, old man, and you have been the elephant, the shining star
of the whole show," replied Burleigh. "You will find beer in the

"You have won the money handsomely, Steve," acknowledged Stoughton, "and
we all accept with pleasure your kind invitation to dinner."


Dick Stoughton came to lunch that day in a decidedly bad humor, cause
unknown. He was late, and all the other members of the club table were
there, including the two dogs. A "Gray baiting" was going on. This sport
consisted in working up the poetic feelings of Ernest Gray, and then
ruthlessly harrowing the same. Gray was a fiery, imaginative little man,
whose soul compassed far more than his body. His impulsive nature drove
him constantly into the net spread by his friends, but he had become
used to the process, and perhaps it did him good. Whether or not he had
in him the stuff for a true poet, he was at least in no danger among
those men of becoming a false one. He was just then stirred to a fine
condition on the subject of Philistinism, was violently supporting the
famous professor of the Humanities, and had almost got to the point of
quoting poetry.

"It makes me laugh a low, sad laugh," remarked Stoughton, gloomily
buttering a muffin, "when I think what Gray will be doing thirty years
from now."

"We have arranged all that," said Burleigh. "Ernest is going to marry a
strong-minded woman four times as big as himself, who will take him out
shopping and make him carry the bundles and the twins."

"No, it will be a greater change than that," continued Dick. "At fifty
he will probably be a keen, representative business man. He will be
celebrated for being better able than any one in Wall Street to cheat
his neighbor, and he will be absorbed in the occupation. He will be a
man of strength and stamen, a man of industry, a plain, hard-working
man. He will publish Letters of a Parent, in bad English, about the
degeneracy of education at Harvard, and will refuse to send his sons
here for fear of their becoming dudes and loafers. He won't spoil good
paper then with odes and fantasies; he will devote it, instead, to
watering stock and foreclosing mortgages. Just see if he doesn't."

"Are you narrow enough to think," asked Gray, defiantly, "that a man
cannot work in this world, and work hard, without shutting his mind to
everything outside of his tool shop?"

"Perhaps he can," answered Stoughton, "but he never does in this
country; he hasn't time. Whatever we take up, we have got to keep at
fever heat or else go to the wall. It will be work, work, work until we
become utterly uninteresting machines. It can't be helped, we have got
to make up our minds to it some day and we had better do so now. We are
all wasting four valuable years in this anomalous spot of Cambridge,
when we ought to be learning bookkeeping. We are a nation of one-sided
workers, and we might just as well accept the situation philosophically.
I am sure I for one don't care a cent. Only I wish I had not fooled away
my time so long, with a set of men made up of dilettantes and bummers."

Dick emphasized the concluding word by handsomely scooping the last
sausage just ahead of Jack Randolph, who with a bow and wave of his hand
gracefully acknowledged the defeat. It was a strict rule of etiquette at
the club table to take the odd trick of any dish, whether you wanted it
or not.

"Hello," exclaimed Burleigh, with a happy light in his face, "Dick has
waked up to the seriousness of life again. That is the third time this
month." Stoughton's occasional pessimism was as fair game to his
friends, as Gray's poetry, so the victim for that day's lunch was
promptly changed.

"So he has," added Hudson. "He has a good, old-fashioned attack of
remorse. Where were you last night, Dick? Must have been an awful

"Is it a letter from your governor?" queried Rattleton, sympathetically.

"Perhaps it is the letter on your forensic," suggested Randolph. "Jack
Rat got an E. on his, but just see how sweetly _he_ takes it."

"A little serious reflection is undoubtedly a good thing for you, my
son," observed Hollis Holworthy. "But though I don't want to flatter
you, excuse my saying that you talk like an ass. Even if your premises
were true your conclusion is false. If we Americans are all such
narrow-minded money-makers, that is all the more reason for trying to be
something better. But it isn't so. I don't believe work has necessarily
any such effect. Gray is right."

"My conclusion is all right. The difference between us is that I am
perfectly contented to be as the rest of my countrymen are; you want to
be something different, _ergo_, you are a snob. Furthermore my premises
_are_ true, and you will find them so, my poor children. I am a few
years in advance of you, that's all. Just see how men change after they
leave college. Go over to the Law School and look at those grinds, each
one working night and day to get ahead of the rest. I met old Dane
Austin the other day crossing the Yard, three huge books under each arm,
and a pair of spectacles across his nose. He used to be the best built
man in the 'Varsity boat, but he doesn't touch an oar now, and won't try
for the crew, unless they absolutely need him at the last minute. He is
getting red-eyed and pale, and looks almost hollow-chested. A man can't
keep up with the law and pay any attention to his physique. He is losing
all his strength and good looks."

"You had better hit him once and find out," suggested Holworthy.

"Thanks; I don't care to put my theories to quite such a test,"
acknowledged Dick, with a grin. "But it is true just the same. It is
true of every other occupation. Go down to New York and stand on Wall
Street. You will see a dozen men you knew, at least by sight, in
college, men who used to be well-dressed and well-bred. Down there they
rush by you with a nod, in all sorts of costumes,--dirty, slovenly,
nervous. Sometimes they will stop for a moment to shake hands, and make
some impertinent remark on your clothes. I don't mind the prospect
myself, but I am only laying it fairly before you blissful, careless,
conceited youths."

"I rather think you will find that those fellows haven't forgotten how
to turn themselves out properly when there is any need for it," said
Holworthy. "You don't wear your town togs to recitations here."

"There is no doubt about it, this work and worry does spoil a man's
looks," said Burleigh. "Just look at that poor wreck over there,"
pointing to Rattleton.

That student had finished his lunch (or breakfast) and stretched his
legs as usual in the next chair. He was engaged in throwing crackers for
his dog Blathers to catch, and was rather out of the conversation. He
caught the last remark only.

"You have no idea what a handsome man I'd be if I didn't work so hard,"
he replied.

"It is all right for you, Jack," Stoughton went on. "A watchful
Providence has sent you an income. It is almost a pity, though, for you
would make a fascinating tramp. No amount of either starvation or public
opinion would ever make you change your calm, philosophical life. But
the rest of us must all get into the procession and keep up with the
brazen band. No wonder so many of our girls marry Englishmen. They are
dead right, too; they don't want to marry worn-out machines, they prefer

"Hurray!" shouted Hudson. "The secret is out. Some Englishman has cut
him out with his best girl."

"I am not handicapped with any such nonsense, thank Heaven," growled
Dick. "But if I was, by Jove, I wouldn't be fool enough to do any work
for her sake, as so many misguided men do. No, sir, I'd take life easily
and keep my figure, as our trans-Atlantic cousins do. I'd spend my days
with the daughter and live on the old man. That is what girls like, and
they do have some sense."

"That is perfect rot," exclaimed the poetic Gray, expressing his roused
sentiment with more force than grace. "Life to-day is just what it was
in the days of chivalry. A true knight must prove his love with his
lance, and win his wife like a man."

"There you go, of course," answered Stoughton; "clap your leg over
Pegasus, and off across country, regardless of hedges and ditches, or
the narrow roads of commerce. Suppose his lance got busted, as was
frequently the case?"

"Sic 'im, sic 'im," chuckled Burleigh. "We have got the poet and the
cynic by the ears. Oh, this is lovely!"

"Both of 'em amateurs," added Holworthy, "and neither knowing what he is
talking about."

"Two to one on the poet, though," said Randolph. "He is always in
earnest, anyway."

"Shake hands, gents," said Rattleton, getting interested. "Time."

"Now just listen to me," said Dick, tilting back his chair and waving
his fork pedantically. "I'll give you a really accurate picture of your
dear days of chivalry, such as you never got out of a romance."

"Silence for Sir Walter Stoughton's account of a tourney," commanded
Burleigh. "Steve Hudson, pull that pup of yours off the table; she'll
upset the milk pitcher."

"I have just been reading all about that sort of game," interrupted
Rattleton. "Seems to me they were a most unsporting lot. They had no
classes or handicaps; just lumped 'em all in together, feather-weights
and heavy-weights. No idea of a fair thing."

"Shut up your childish prattle, Jack," commanded Burleigh. "If you will
push your researches far enough you will find that the little fellows
always won. The giants invariably got the heads smote off 'em. We are
not on the brutal subject of prize-fighting, we are on chivalry. You
know nothing about that, so keep quiet and let Dick go on."

"I suppose you have an idea," Stoughton went on, "that every interesting
young gentleman who entered the lists was a sure winner, and then all he
had to do was to crown the heroine as Queen of Love and Beauty and live
happily ever afterwards. Now of course that wasn't so. Some one had to
get thrashed, and most young knights probably occupied that position for
the first ten years or so of their career. Take an individual case; Sir
Ernest Gray, bent on winning glory for Dulcinea, looks over the sporting
calendar and enters himself for every big field-meeting during the
season. He bears himself right bravely in them all, but gets stood on
his head with great regularity; in fact Dulcinea gets a little tired of
watching his performance. Nevertheless she goes to the crack meeting of
Ashby de la Zouche, to see Gray try again.

"This tourney is carried off with great ease by an old hand, Sir Thomas
de Mainfort, who, having been separated from his third wife on the
ground of brutal treatment, is not doing any love-proving with his
lance. He is simply a mug hunter; he is in for the white Barbary steed,
and the other fellows' armor."

"Gate money?" broke in Rattleton interrogatively.

"Same principle," answered Dick. "He wins the appointment of the Queen
of Love and Beauty, and takes d---- good care to choose the king's
elderly daughter; thereby putting in good work for a government office.
Of course, none of the fair damsels in the ladies' gallery are in the
slightest degree interested in _him_, that goes without saying; but do
you suppose that they are a bit more interested in the poor youngsters
whom he has been knocking about? Not much. The fellow who takes their
eyes is a chap in a white satin doublet, cut in the latest French
fashion, who has sent flowers to Dulcinea, and is hanging over the rail
of the ladies' gallery, talking to her. He is a delightful young man. He
can sing the songs of the Troubadours that he has heard in Provence. He
knows all the latest gossip about that delicious row between the Pope
and the German Emperor. He spends the proper season in each Continental
court. He is so different from the homely, insular youths who are
pummelling each other down below in the lists. They never can think or
talk anything but fight. He says funny things about those youths, and
criticizes their armor. Altogether he is charming. Handsome and well
preserved, too. Splendid figure, and could undoubtedly fight well if he
had to; but he doesn't have to, and isn't fool enough to do it. No
bruises on him.

"After the fight is over young Sir Ernest comes along, in a sheepish
sort of a way, to see what Dulcinea thinks of his day's work. Sir Ernest
was a pretty good-looking boy when he started on the career of arms.
Now, however, he is showing marks of wear. The saddle has made him
bow-legged, the helmet has worn off much of his hair, and the gauntlet
has raised corns on his knuckles. Some of his front teeth have been
knocked out. Besides the wear and tear in his personal appearance, his
mind runs largely on parries and thrusts, relative advantages of
chain-mail and Milan plate, and all that sort of shop talk. He can not
sing the new Romance songs, he knows only the old ones that his nurse
taught him. Dulcinea used to like him very much, and is still fond of
him in a way. If he had accomplished the marvel of winning the whole
tournament, of unhorsing the old veteran De Mainfort; if he had won the
crown of Love and Beauty, and brought it to her, giving that hideous
stuck-up old Princess the go-by, Dulcinea would have loved him fondly,
and been ready to marry him then and there. But he has not brought her
the crown of Love and Beauty; he has only brought a stove-in helmet and
a black eye. True, he has been fighting his level best, but how much
good has it done him? He has unhorsed two or three young men of his own
weight; he has even put up a stiff set-to against big De Thumper, who
won the Templar stakes; but Dulcinea did not see him then, she was
talking to the interesting foreigner. Then he ran up against Sir Thomas
de Mainfort, and got landed on his back; Dulcinea was looking right at
him that time. He got up like a little man, without claiming his ten
seconds, and went for the redoubtable Sir Thomas again. Thereupon the
big fellow smashed him on the jaw, and put him to sleep, so that it took
his squires half an hour to bring him round. Dulcinea took that in, too,
and the amusing foreigner remarked on what conceit a youngster must have
to go in for this sort of thing against men like De Mainfort. The
highest renown that the young knight has so far won may possibly be a
line next day in the Ashby _Herald_ and _Tournament Gazette_. It will
run something like this: 'Where are we to look for the De Mainforts and
Thumpers of the next generation? There is absolutely no new material
worth mentioning. Young Gray gives a little glimmer of promise in some
of his back-strokes, but his work is eminently crude and boyish.
However, if he gets over his swelled head, he may in twenty or thirty
years of hard work become a fair lance.' Do you think that helps his
chances with Dulcinea? D---- that dog of yours, Hudson, she has stolen
my muffin!"

"Are you all through?" demanded Gray, who had been restraining himself
with difficulty.

"No; hold on. I haven't shown you half your trouble yet. At the banquet
in the evening, Gray sits on one side of Dulcinea and the handsome
stranger on the other. Gray is sore and tired and comes near falling
asleep at the table, while the other fellow discusses the Italian
painters, and tells anecdotes of the Dauphin of France. Gray used to be
able to play the harp well, and can still play sometimes in the
evenings, when his fingers are not too lame; but they generally are. He
can also get into his satin doublet on Sundays and great occasions, and
look almost as well as the other chap; but he does so _only_ on
occasions, whereas the stranger keeps himself up to the mark all the
time. Dulcinea cannot help thinking, therefore, that Gray is a boor and
a bore, even though he sometimes shows capabilities other than those of
getting his head smashed. On the other hand, Dulcinea's governor is a
stout baron of the old school. He looks upon Gray as a dude and aper of
foreign customs, for taking a bath after a hard day in the lists and
leaving off his breastplate at dinner. The old man's chief boast is that
with his own good sword he has carved out all his fat lands and broad
baronies, and he asks, as he proudly thumps his chest, how he could ever
have done all that if he had put on effeminate airs and fooled away ten
minutes every week in a bath-tub. Now I ask you to drop your poetry for
a minute, substitute reason for imagination, and confess that this is
really what a young knight had to take. Dixi, let's hear what you have
got to say."

"Just this," answered Gray, "that your Dulcinea is a fool. Any true
woman would appreciate a man's best efforts, even if unsuccessful. I
claim that such Dulcineas are the exception and not the rule. Point two.
Your young knight is also a fool if he allows himself to become nothing
but a mere bruiser and cut-throat. He ought not to forget that he is a
gentleman as well as a fighting man. He can pay some attention to the
graces of life and fight none the worse for it. You say he knows the old
songs,--those are the best always--and he can pick up the new ones in
spare moments. It makes no difference how he dresses, so long as he has
a good excuse for dressing badly, and doesn't forget how to dress well.
As for your point about his personal appearance, that doesn't amount to
a row of pins. It certainly can't trouble him, and it wouldn't trouble
Dulcinea if she had any sense. I don't believe any woman objects to
honorable scars in a man."

"Every woman doesn't throw poetry around them as you do. Honorable scars
received in commonplace everyday scrapping don't count."

"This has not been a fair fight," declared Holworthy. "I can see through
this man Stoughton, now, and understand it all. He has prepared all this
harangue, and is trying to pass it off here as impromptu. Now, I am
going to give him away. I was with him the other evening at a dinner.
There was a girl there who had been abroad for the first time. She had
spent the last season in London, for the expenses of which her governor
probably had to do double work at home. She had quite naturally, fallen
completely in love with all those great big, splendid-looking chaps who
float about London in long coats all day during the season. A handsome
leisure class. Some of the biggest and best dressed of them, by-the-way,
are quite apt to be her own humdrum countrymen on a vacation, but she
hadn't found that out yet, and it has nothing to do with the present
discussion, anyway. I heard her remark to Dick during dinner that
Englishmen were so much better looking and more agreeable than American
men. That is an undeniable fact, in daily life, but Dick was fool enough
to get a little mad over the observation. He couldn't think of any
brilliant repartee at the time, but came home and slept over it. Next
time he meets that girl, or one like her, he will be loaded for bear,
but he wants to rehearse a little, first, so he has brought his mediæval
metaphor here to try it on the dog. He knew that our hair-trigger poet,
with a little joggling, would be morally certain to shoot off something
about love and lances; that was just the opening he wanted. Keep it for
your next dinner-party, Dick. It doesn't mean anything but it may make
you feel clever and entertaining. I hold that Brother Gray has thrown
you and your Dulcinea down hard."

"It is perfectly true to life, anyway," said Dick, with a conscious
grin; "but you are wrong in accusing me of worrying about it. I don't
mind the prospect in the least, as I said before, and am only warning
you snobs who think you are something pretty nice. You can't carry your
poetry out of college. Your 'graces of life' as you call 'em, either
mental or physical, won't raise your salary in an office, and your hard
work in the office won't help you to figure in a ballroom. If you get to
the top before you are thirty, Dulcinea may smile on you; but you are
not likely to do anything of the kind. You will probably spoil all your
other chances with her in the attempt."

"Listen to our man of the world, you fellows," said Burleigh. "Jack
Rattleton, stop playing with that ugly pup and improve your advantages.
Uncle Richard, here, aged two and twenty, has upon half a dozen
occasions made the exertion of going to a party in Boston, where he has
talked foot-ball with some _débutante_ and been floored on Esoteric
Buddhism by an elderly lady who had it. He has spent all the rest of his
time smoking a villanous pipe in Cambridge. He is now giving us, from
his wealth of experience, a few opinions and straight tips on the nature
of woman."

"I don't pretend to know anything about 'em," protested Dick, stoutly,
"and care less. But this I do know, that, among most men, success counts
for more than endeavor, and I am willing to bet that it is four times as
much so with women."

"And I know this," said Hudson, "that you, on your own confession, don't
know what you are talking about, and are in a beastly humor. You need
exercise; come on over to Fresh Pond and go skating."

"Yes, do take him off," sighed Rattleton; "when he and Hol and Gray get
theorizing it gives everybody a headache. They'll go around to the Pud.
and keep it up there if you don't take them skating."

Stoughton replied to this by kicking the hind legs of Rattleton's
carefully balanced chair, and upsetting him on top of the dog Blathers.
After which exchange of courtesies the party adjourned, arranging to
meet and go to Fresh Pond at three.

Holworthy did not join the skating party; he had promised to go for a
walk with his chum Rivers. Gray also had some engagement. As the others
were starting out with their skates, they met the latter little
gentleman arrayed in his best. He tried to pretend that he didn't see
them. They promptly set up a cheer and began ostentatiously making

"Didn't you say something at lunch about men in New York who made
impertinent remarks about your clothes," demanded Gray of Stoughton.

"This isn't New York," answered Stoughton. "When a man puts on all his
feathers and paint on a week day in Cambridge, we know he is on the

"Dog his trail, dog his trail," yelled Hudson. "Let's see what wigwam it
leads to."

"Doesn't he look pretty?" shouted Burleigh. "Only his coat doesn't fit
in the back."

"Look at that smooch on his collar," exclaimed Randolph.

"I hope you children will grow up sometime," grumbled Gray, as he
hurried on.

An hour or two afterwards Gray was walking into Boston in very good
company. The new Harvard Bridge was not then built, and the two (yes,
only one other) were passing through one of the more lonely streets of
Cambridgeport that lead to the Cottage Farms bridge. A hard-looking
citizen turned a corner ahead of them, and on catching sight of the pair
stopped with some insulting remark. Gray's blood boiled into his face,
but he had sense enough to cross to the other side of the street with
his convoy. The man, evidently in liquor, promptly did the same, and
showed that he meant to give trouble.

"Run back as fast as you can to Main Street," said Gray to his
companion, upon which advice she wisely and quickly acted.

The rough started forward, and Gray placed himself in the middle of the

"Hold on," he commanded. "Don't come a step nearer."

"Get out of my way, you little dude, before I eat you up," answered the

The little dude naturally did not get out of the way. He dropped his
stick and squared himself for the enemy. Then, contrary to the generally
accepted pleasant idea, the burly ruffian proceeded to "eat up" the
slender thoroughbred.

The light-weight met his adversary's rush handsomely, but utterly failed
to stop it. The tough closed, "back-heeling," and at the same time
landing his right with a door key in it, used as brass knuckles, thereby
cutting Gray's face open. As the latter tripped and went down under the
blow, the tough kicked him. Gray jumped to his feet again, however, and
managed to fasten on the rough's back as he went by. They went down
together, the rough on top with his knee on Gray's stomach. This knocked
the wind out of the little fellow terribly, still he clung to his
adversary. The latter struggled to free one of his hands, with the
amiable purpose of choking, or of gouging the eye of the youth under
him, when a shout made him look up. He managed to tear himself away, and
sprang to his feet. Holworthy and his chum, Charles Rivers, who was No.
4 in the 'Varsity crew, were tearing down the street.

The second battle was quite as unequal as the first, for there was as
much difference between the big college oarsman in the pink of
condition, and the rum-soaked Port tough, as there had been between the
latter and the plucky little stripling. It is only justice to the tough,
however, to say that no idea of flight entered his mind; he was quite as
ready to fight the big dude as the little one.

His hand went to his hip-pocket, but evidently the weapon was not there.
Then he gathered himself and made a spring at the new-comer. As a result
he ran his face into a big fist at the end of a long, straight,
stiffened left-arm. At the other end of that arm were a hundred and
ninety pounds of hard-trained muscle. As he staggered back from this
concussion, he got the hundred and ninety pounds again, concentrated in
a right hander on his fifth rib. That doubled him up, and then it was
River's turn to rush. He knew enough not to close, for the brute, though
practically knocked out, could still use his teeth if he got a chance.
Holding him up by the throat with his left hand, with his right Rivers
pounded the ruffian on the jaw, then threw him senseless on the ground.

"There, that will do. He'll come to after awhile," he remarked, "but he
will do no more mischief at present. You chivalrous little jackass," he
continued, turning to Gray, who was wiping the blood from his face, "I
saw you throw away your stick when we first caught sight of you. It's
lucky you weren't killed. Of course you couldn't help fighting under
these circumstances, but if you ever get caught with a beast like that
again, don't ever try fair prize-ring methods with him. It is only in
books that the nice young man thrashes two or three toughs bigger than
himself in a square fight. These chaps know how to fight just as well as
you; what is more, they know how to fight foul, and always do if they
get a chance. Just remember, now, if you ever have to tackle this kind
of cattle again, cut him right over with your stick. Paste him under the
ear for keeps."

"If this isn't just my luck!" said Gray, looking ruefully at the blood
on his handkerchief. "Here have I been longing and praying for this sort
of an opportunity, and when it comes, by Jove, I get a thundering
licking and another fellow comes along and saves me and the girl both.
Hang it, Charlie, I could have held on to him until she got away."

"Too bad," laughed Rivers, "I beg your pardon. I didn't think. I ought
to have let you get killed or gouged for her and glory, oughtn't I?
Come, cheer up, old man, you did a great deal more than I, and deserve
all the favors. Let's go back and see her."

They walked back to Holworthy and the fair _casus belli_. The latter had
paused in her flight on the arrival of the reinforcements, and with
natural curiosity and anxiety had watched the fray from a distance. As
her rescued rescuer and his rescuer came up, she held out her hand to
Rivers, and uttered her gratitude in nervous broken sentences.

She expressed much sympathy for Gray.


[Footnote 1: This farce is printed by the kind permission of the Hasty
Pudding Club for which it was originally written.]

SCENE:--Room of Hudson, Burleigh, and Co. (Co. being Topsy, the

Burleigh seated in easy chair, legs stretched towards fire, back to
table, dog in lap, reading and smoking long pipe.

_Hudson_ [_from his bedroom_]. Oh, Ned!

_Burleigh._ Hullo?

_Hud._ Aren't you going to the Assembly to-night?

[_Enter Hudson from bedroom putting on evening coat._]

_Burl._ [_without looking up_]. Did you ever know me to go to more than
one Harvard Assembly? Don't ask foolish questions.

_Hud._ Well, don't you be such a lazy lummox. [_Going to
looking-glass._] Really, Ned, you ought to go out more among decent

_Burl._ Yes. I have such a good time when I do. At the last and only
party in Boston to which I ever went, I knew just one girl, and spilled
ice-cream on her dress. After holding up the wall for an hour and a
half, and finding it impossible to get you or any one else to come back
to Cambridge with me, I started home alone in Riley's cab. Mr. Riley
felt in a sporting mood as usual, and insisted on racing an electric
car. We broke down at Central Square. It was snowing hard and the walk
home in patent leathers was lovely. When I got home, of course, I found
that my keys were chained to my other trousers, and I busted the bags I
had on in climbing through the ventilator over the door. I dropped on
the rocking-chair and the pup both at once, and then found there was
nothing to drink in the book-case. Oh, I enjoyed the last Assembly
thoroughly. I think it would be fun to go again. Ugh!

_Hud._ Very few ever go to a party for pleasure, my dear boy. It is a
duty that you owe to yourself. If you never go to balls, you will never
know how to behave in a ballroom. When you have learned to do that, why
then you needn't go to balls.

_Burl._ That is logical.

_Hud._ It is also a duty that you owe society.

_Burl._ Society can have my share of the supper, and call it square.

_Hud._ Well, now look here, Ned, I want you to go in to the Assembly
to-night for a particular reason, besides your own civilization.

_Burl._ I won't go. What is your reason?

_Hud._ My mother and sister have come on to Boston and are going to be
at the ball to-night, and I want you to meet them.

_Burl._ Why didn't you say that in the first place? But, Steve, aren't
you going to have them out here pretty soon? I can meet them then.

_Hud._ [_emphatically_]. No, sir. Not if I know it, until I can be sure
of keeping out all the duns and sporting gentry who are apt to call
unexpectedly. Numerous acquaintances, whom I do not care to have my good
mother meet, might drop in to a little five o'clock tea. I shall
probably get my quarter's allowance before long, and then I can chain up
the Furies for a while, and have my family out here with an easy mind.
That bull mick Shreedy is gunning for me just at present, and if my
mother knew I owed money to a prize-fighter she would never get over it.

_Burl._ Well, won't it do if I go in to-morrow and call?

_Hud._ No, I promised them that you would be there to-night, and they
will be awfully disappointed if you're not. They are naturally anxious
to know my chum as soon as possible.

_Burl._ Then they will be awfully disappointed if I _am_ there. You know
perfectly well, when I talk to a girl at a party, what a painful ordeal
it is for both of us. You ought not to spring me on your sister under
such conditions. It's unfair to me and a poor joke on her.

_Hud._ Oh, don't be such a bashful ass. You can do well enough if you
try. My sister knows that you hate parties, and will appreciate your
coming. Now, do promise me, there is a good fellow.

_Burl._ Well, I suppose I shall have to. But, Steve, I haven't time to
dress for this thing to-night.

_Hud._ Nonsense. You have plenty of time to dress. How long does that
operation generally take you?

_Burl._ Three quarters of an hour to dress, and an hour and three
quarters to tie my cravat. I think I shall have to get one of those nice
store cravats that come all tied, and strap on with a buckle.

_Hud._ Yes, get a pretty satin one with pink rose-buds on it. Oh, I
shouldn't be surprised to see you turn up in anything. [_Putting on hat
and overcoat._] I tell you what it is, Ned, if you continue to shun all
feminine society you will soon become an unmitigated boor.

_Burl._ I am at college, thanks, and prefer it. I shall have plenty of
time to take up feminine society, as you call it, after I graduate.

_Hud._ You will be a cub, and society won't take _you_ up. Now, old man,
it is awfully good of you to come in on my account to-night, so don't
back out,--and make yourself look as much like a gentleman as you can.
Come in as early as possible. [_Exit Hudson._]

_Burl._ [_sol._]. Why the deuce does a fellow want to go chasing into
Boston, when he has only four years of this sort of thing. Steve does
not half appreciate college. However, I suppose if his family [_Taking
photograph from table_] is going to be there, I ought to go in. It is
only decent. [_To photograph._] So, Miss Hudson, you and I are going to
meet, eh? Oh, what a fool you will think me! Now, if I could only look
at you without trying to talk. Steve is right, though; I ought to cure
myself of this fool shyness and awkwardness before the other sex, or I
deserve to be called an ill-bred cub.

[_Knock at hall door._]

Come in! [_Puts down photograph hastily._]

[_Enter Jack Randolph in long coat and rubber boots._]

_Randolph._ Hullo, Ned! Did I leave my umbrella in here the other day?

_Burl._ It is a pretty good one, isn't it? No, I guess I haven't seen

_Rand._ [_Taking a cross-handled umbrella from beside fireplace._] Lucky
you haven't.

_Burl._ Oh, while I think of it, here is that X I owe you [_pulling bill
out of pocket_].

_Rand._ Good man! Marvellous memory! Remembered the wrong end of a debt.
I am glad you did, for I am devilish hard up just at present. [_Taking
cigar from mantel-piece._]

_Burl._ So is everybody at this time of year. This is a great sacrifice
on my part.

_Rand._ Don't give it to me now. Keep it until to-morrow, won't you?
[_Lights cigar._]

_Burl._ Better take it while you can get it. I shall have spent it next
time we meet. Why don't you want it now?

_Rand._ Well, I will take it, just to relieve you. I haven't anything on
but this ulster, which is not a good thing to put money in. You see, I
am going round to a dress rehearsal at the Pudding.

_Burl._ Oh, that is why you are all bundled up on this clear night. Let
us see your dress.

_Rand._ No, you will see it soon enough at the show to-morrow night.
Where is Steve?

_Burl._ Gone in town to trip in the mazy.

_Rand._ The habitual dude! Oh, of course, the first Harvard Assembly
comes off to-night. If it was not for this rehearsal I would go in and
do the butterfly myself. What would hire you to go there, Charlie?

_Burl._ Give me back that ten dollars and I will go.

_Rand._ I don't believe you would; but I'd give you the ten dollars if I
could be there to see you.

_Burl._ Well, if it will please you to know it, I _am_ going in.

_Rand._ What! You going to a party! What has happened?

_Burl._ [_with dignity_]. Nothing. It is a duty that I owe to myself and
society. If a man never goes to balls he will never know how to behave
in a ballroom.

_Rand._ [_with derisive laughter_]. That is pretty good from you. Steve
has evidently been giving you a lecture. Come now, Ned, choke that off
and tell me honestly what is up.

_Burl._ Nothing, I tell you. If a man shuns all polite society, he will
become an unmitigated boor.

_Rand._ If you don't drop that second-hand stuff of Hudson's, and tell
me who the girl is, by Jove, I'll tell every man in college about it,
and it shall be a very amusing story before I get through with it, I
promise you.

_Burl._ Well, you see--er--Steve's mother is going to be there and he
wants me to meet her.

_Rand._ Oho! That is it, is it? Steve's _mother_ is going to be there.
Ha-ha-ha, that is pretty weak, old fox. I suppose, of course, there is
no chance of _Miss_ Hudson being there too. Well, if she is half as
pretty as her photograph, I don't blame you for going in. Egad, though,
Ned, I would like to see you talking to her.

_Burl._ I have no doubt you would, sweet me child, but you won't. That
is just where the best point of this funny joke comes in. While I am
talking to Miss Hudson, you will be out here, at the rehearsal, getting
sworn at. "Go over that chorus again." "Randolph, you're out of step."

_Rand._ Damn the rehearsal. Never mind, Miss Hudson will probably be on
here for some time, and I shall get another chance of meeting her. When
I do, I will make a particular point of cutting you out. You won't be in
it, even if you are her brother's chum.

_Burl._ [_getting up_]. You are talking too much. Come now, run along. I
have got to dress.

_Rand._ I wish I had time to watch you do it. I don't believe you have
put on a claw-hammer coat since you've been up here, except for club

_Burl._ Oh, go round to your rehearsal. You will be late.

_Rand._ [_going to hall door_]. If it doesn't begin on time, I'll come
back here and help you untangle your neck-tie. Don't make yourself too
pretty. Leave me some chance with Miss H. [_Exit._]

_Burl._ Jack is too fresh to-night. Come, pup. [_Picks up Topsy and
exits into bedroom._]

[_Enter a certain Prof. Shreedy (unattached to the University.) He
softly closes door after him, and knocks on inside_].

_Burl._ [_from bedroom_]. Come in.

_Shreedy_ [_aside_]. I will. [_Calls_] Is Mr. Hudson in, I dunno?

_Burl._ [_putting his head out of his bedroom_]. Hullo, is that you,
Shreedy? No, Mr. Hudson is not in, and he won't take any sparring lesson
to-night any way.

_Shreedy_. Well, I just come to see him about a little matter of
business, see? Maybe you might----

_Burl._ No I mightn't. There is not a dollar in the firm, Shreedy,
anywhere. Hudson has gone in town. I can't give you a cent, and if you
don't get out of here pretty quickly, I may have to borrow a car fare
from you. Call again next week. Good evening, and get out. [_Slams

_Shr._ Ain't he getting pretty flip? The lippy dude! Maybe he thinks he
can put me off that way. Hudson gone in town, ah, rats! What an old gag.
I'll wait round awhile, 'cause I got to have that money to-night. I'll
lay for him in this other room, that's what I'll do, and nab him when he
comes in. [_Helps himself to two or three cigars and goes into Hudson's

[_A soft knock on door, then enter Mrs. and Miss Hudson._]

_Mrs. Hudson._ Well, this is strange, I should think Steve would have
taken more care to meet us here.

_Miss Hudson._ Perhaps he has just gone out for a minute.

_Mrs. H._ He ought to have been on the lookout for the carriage, and not
compelled us to come up here after waiting twenty minutes at the door.

_Miss. H._ He may not have received your telegram.

_Mrs. H._ And has gone in town to meet us there? Good gracious! I hope
not. Well, we will wait a little while and see. But it is rather awkward
for two ladies to be visiting a college room in the evening in this way,
even if I am the mother of the occupant.

_Miss H._ I think it is lots of fun. What a jolly room he has. I wish I
were a boy.

_Mrs. H._ Under the present circumstances, my dear, I wish so too. He
_has_ arranged his room pretty well for a man.

_Miss H._ Now, let us look at all his things. We will begin with the

[_They both turn toward mantel, backs to room._]

[_Enter Burleigh from his bedroom in evening trousers, no coat or
waistcoat, and four or five white cravats in his hand. Without seeing
the visitors, he crosses the room to the looking-glass, which hangs on
the wall opposite the fireplace, where the visitors are standing._]

_Burl._ [_to himself_]. Now for the great agony. Oh, life is very short
for this sort of thing. If Steve's family could only see me tying my
cravat, they would realize what devotion--[_Suddenly sees women in the
glass and starts._] Good Lord! [_Turns head slowly and looks at Mrs. and
Miss H. whose backs are still turned._] Oh, what in Heaven's name shall
I do? I can't get back to my room. Ha! the screen! [_Dives behind a tall
screen near the glass._]

_Miss H._ Look at all these pipes! And what a horrid smell of tobacco!

_Mrs. H._ I see that Steve's chum, Mr. Burleigh, smokes.

_Burl._ [_aside over screen_]. And Jack Randolph just made the horrid
smell with one of Steve's weeds.

_Miss H._ [_finding on the mantel-piece a champagne bottle marked "ætat
21"_]. Oh, look at this!

_Burl._ [_aside over screen_]. Now she has got hold of the memento of
Steve's birthday. What next?

_Mrs. H._ [_putting on glasses and taking bottle_]. Hm! I suppose that
Mr. Burleigh also drinks. I hope my son does all in his power to
restrain his comrade.

_Miss H._ I am so glad we are going to see the great Ned Burleigh at
last. Steve says he is so interesting--such a _funny_ old bird.

_Burl._ [_aside_]. Damn him!

_Mrs. H._ I wonder where they are. One of them must be around, for they
would not both go away, and leave their light burning. We cannot wait
much longer.

[_Enter Hudson, hurriedly._]

_Hud._ Forgot my gloves, of course, and had to come back. Hullo, mother!
why, how did you two get here?

_Mrs. H._ Didn't you get my telegram?

_Hud._ Telegram? No, I suppose the boy will leave it, on his way to
breakfast, in the morning.

_Mrs. H._ We had to come out to Cambridge to a dinner at Prof.
Fullaloves, and thought we would stop on the way back with the carriage,
and take you boys into the Assembly. I telegraphed you this afternoon.

_Hud._ Well, it is lucky I came back. Have you been here long? Have you
seen Ned Burleigh?

_Miss H._ Your chum? No.

_Hud._ That is good. He must have started in. If you had dropped in on
Ned all alone here, he would have had twenty Dutch fits.

_Miss H._ Now, Steve, before we go, you must show us all your things.
[_Picking up photographs from mantel-piece_] Why, who are these?

_Hud._ Those, er--oh--ah--those--yes. Those are some of my chum's
relations. [_Aside_] Ned will forgive me for the emergency.

_Burl._ [_aside over screen_]. Well, I'll be----

_Mrs. H._ I thought those were not yours, dear.

_Miss H._ They are all in costume, aren't they.

_Hud._ Yes, yes, private theatricals, you know. The Burleighs are all
great on private theatricals.

[_Enter Prof. Shreedy from Hudson's bedroom._]

_Shr._ [_aside_]. Begob, I have him now.

[_Aside to Hud._] Mr. Hudson!

_Hud._ [_turning_]. What! The devil! Shreedy! What do you want here?
[_Takes him down to front._]

_Shr._ A little matter of business. Look here, cully, I want dat ten
dollars you owe me for sparrin', dat's what I want. Better let me have
it and not make a fuss before de ladies, see?

_Burl._ [_aside, over screen_]. Hurray, bind on Steve. Serves him right.

_Hud._ I haven't ten dollars, Shreedy. I haven't a cent. Now, do clear
out, and I'll see you some other time about it.

_Shr._ Naw, some other time won't do.

_Hud._ I can't talk to you now before my family. It is bad enough to
have them see you round here at all.

_Shr._ Dat's all right. Tell 'em I'm your chum. Just watch me do the
nobby. [_Smirks and waves his hat at ladies._]

_Hud._ [_aside_]. Oh, this is awful!

_Mrs. H._ Stephen, who is this person?

_Hud._ [_aside_]. There is no other way out of it. I can explain later
[_aloud_.] This, mother, is my dear old chum, Edward Burleigh.

_Burl._ [_aside over screen_]. By gad!

_Mrs. H._ Ah, indeed, I am delighted to meet you, sir. I feel that we
are old friends, already, Mr. Burleigh. I have heard so much of you.

_Shr._ Oh, yes, me and Steve is great chums, ain't we, Steve, old boy?
[_slaps Hudson on the back._] [_To Hud._] Put me on to de young one.

_Miss H._ [_aside to Mrs. H._]. Oh, Mamma, he is awful. How could Steve
choose such a man to room with!

_Mrs. H._ Steve always said he was awkward with ladies, you know.
Perhaps he will improve on acquaintance.

_Shr._ [_to Miss H._]. Pleased to meet you, ma'am. How is the state of
your health? 'T ain't often we see such a daisy out here, is it Steve?
[_To Hud._] Oh, I can say perlite things to a lady. You needn't be
afraid, I won't disgrace yer!

_Hud._ [_aside_]. How long will this last?

_Mrs. H._ [_to Hud._]. Well, my son, I must say, your chum seems hardly
the retiring, bashful young man you have always represented him to be.

_Hud._ Oh, he is, he is. That's--er--that is just what is the matter.
His shyness takes this form, you see. He is really awfully embarrassed,
and--er--tries to pass it off in this way.

_Mrs. H._ Curious forms of shyness.

_Hud._ Yes, very. It will pass off soon, and you will like him better
when the ice is broken.

_Shr._ [_to Miss H._]. Ain't that a nobby dress you got on!

_Mrs. H._ I should think the ice was at least badly cracked already.

_Hud._ [_aside_]. I must get them out of here. [_Aloud_.] Come, do let
us start for the Assembly.

_Mrs. H._ Well, dear, we have an extra seat in the carriage, and if Mr.
Burleigh would like to come, we will wait for him to dress. [_To
Shreedy_] Won't you come with us, Mr. Burleigh?

_Hud._ [_breaking in_]. No--no--no! Ned never cares----

_Shr._ Why, sure. I'd be tickled to death. I am wid you easy. Let's go
right away.

_Miss H._ Don't you want to dress?

_Shr._ What will I dress for? Begob, I can dance just the way I am as
well as the next man. Wait till you see me take de flure. Oh, I'm a
dandy on me toes [_illustrates by a few steps_].

_Hud._ [_aside_]. Oh, this is too much. I shall have to tell the truth.

[_Knock on door._]

There!! _Come in!_

[_Enter Randolph, still in his ulster, with the umbrella and smoking the

_Rand._ Well, Ned, how is----. Oh, I beg pardon! [_Starts to back out;
Hudson rushes across and seizes him._]

_Hud._ Randolph! Thank Heaven! Come here. [_Takes him aside._] Jack,
have you any money with you? As you love me, Jack, let me have it.

_Rand._ What the deuce is the matter? I have ten dollars in this coat,
but I need it.

_Hud._ Oh, kind Providence has taken care of its own! Let me have it, I
tell you. [_Randolph gives him the ten-dollar bill. Hudson rushes to

_Rand._ Here is a nice position. Is Steve crazy?

_Hud._ [_aside to Shr._]. Here, you damned blackmailer. Here's your
money. Now get out, and don't let me see you here again.

_Shr._ Well, I should have enjoyed the party, but I need the money, so
I'll go. [_To the others_] Ladies, I'm very sorry, but I find I have a
sudden engagement, so I can't keep company wid you to de ball to-night.
I'm all broke up about it, but I hope I'll see you again. Be good to
yourselves. Good-by. Good-by, Hudson, ta-ta.

[_Exit Prof. Shreedy._]

_Mrs. H._ Why, Steve, what is the matter?

_Hud._ I will explain to you some other time. Let me present Mr.
Randolph, mother, and my sister. Mr. Randolph is one of my best friends.
I _owe_ him a great deal. Are you going in to the Assembly, Jack?

_Rand._ [_decidedly embarrassed_]. No, I can't. There is a dress
rehearsal at the Pud; a _dress_ rehearsal, you know, and I must go right
round to it now. I just came in for a moment. If you will excuse----

_Hud._ Oh, nonsense! Stay a little while. Take your coat off.

_Rand._ [_aside to Hud._] Shut up, you jackass!

_Miss H._ [_looking at Randolph's rubber boots_]. Is it raining, Mr.

_Rand._ [_uneasily_]. No, no, not yet, no, but it looks like rain.

_Miss H._ Why, the stars were all out beautifully a moment ago.

_Rand._ Yes--er--they--er--the stars? [_With a noble effort_] Ah, yes,
yes, the stars _were_ out, yes. But, er--they--er--they may go in again,
you know. [_Aside_] What rot I am talking!

_Hud._ Well, it is not going to rain in here, anyway. Do take off your
ulster and stay a minute.

_Rand._ Really, Steve, I'd like to, but that _dress rehearsal_, you

_Hud._ Oh, let the rehearsal wait. We are going in town in a moment,

_Mrs. H._ Don't leave us, Mr. Randolph.

_Miss H._ [_at mantel-piece_]. Steve, of whom is this a picture?

_Hud._ [_turning_]. Why, that is Jack himself in the last play.

_Mrs. H._ Oh, do let me see it. [_Goes to fireplace. Hudson, Miss H.,
and Mrs. H. stand at mantel with backs to room._]

_Burl._ [_from over the screen to Randolph_]. For Heaven's sake, Jack,
hand up that ulster!

_Rand._ [_seeing him_]. What in the name--what are you doing there?

_Burl._ [_in a nervous and irritated undertone_]. Confound it, man, I
haven't any clothes on. Give me the ulster, quick!

_Rand._ Hurray! Up a tree, are you? You'll talk to her while I am at the
rehearsal, will you? I told you that when I met her you wouldn't be in

_Burl._ Give me the coat, Jack; do, there's a good fellow.

_Rand._ I'll be hanged if I will!

_Hud._ [_to his mother and sister_]. Here is Ned's room. I expect it is
a chaos just at present. [_They move to door of Burleigh's bedroom,
backs still to the rest of the room._]

_Burl_. Come round here. [_Steps from behind the screen, and pulls Rand.

Rand. [_from behind_]. All right, just for a minute. You promise to give
it back. [_Burl. comes out from behind screen, with ulster on. Rand's
head appears over screen_.]

_Burl_. I'll see. [_Walks towards others. Ladies turn_.]

_Mrs. H_. Pardon me, Mr. Randolph----Oh!

_Burl_. Allow me to present myself, Mrs. Hudson----

_Hud_. Ned Burleigh!

_Burl_. Quite right, this time. I am Steve's chum.

_Mrs. H_. Why, Stephen, I don't understand.

_Burl_. [_to Hud., severely_]. I do.

_Mrs. H_. Will you explain this?

_Burl_. Yes, I think you had better.

_Hud_. [_putting on a bold front_]. Well, you see, mother, it was just a
little joke on Ned. Just a little joke, that is all. [_Forces a laugh_.]

_Miss H_. Then the other was not your chum?

_Burl_. Most certainly not.

_Mrs. H_. Well, I don't understand it yet. However, I am very much
relieved to meet the real Mr. Burleigh.

_Miss H._ Mother, I think we had better start for the Assembly.

_Mrs. H._ Where is Mr. Randolph?

_Burl._ Oh, he has just gone out.

_Miss H._ He must have left rather abruptly.

_Burl._ Yes, Jack Randolph has very queer manners. You see, he is
awfully bashful.

_Rand._ [_to Burl. over the screen_]. Here, give me back that ulster.

_Burl._ [_aside to Rand._]. I'll be hanged if I will. Who is in it now,

_Hud._ Well, let us be going.

_Mrs. H._ Will you come with us, Mr. Burleigh?

_Burl._ I will follow you in later. I will go down with you to the

_Hud._ Well, come along.

_Rand._ [_over the screen_]. That is a low trick. [_Reaches for Burl.
with handle of umbrella three times; at third attempt screen falls over
and Rand. flat on top of it--in short ballet dress and pink tights. His
moustache, rubber boots, and decidedly masculine arms and legs make an
excellent effect with the garb of a première danseuse. Ladies shriek._]

    _Mrs. and_}
    _Miss H._ } Mr. Randolph!

_Steve._ Jack!

_Rand._ [_nervously spreading umbrella in front of his legs_]. I--I
_beg_ your pardon. Please excuse my--my _déshabillé_. [_To Hud.,
savagely_] I told you I was going to the dress rehearsal. [_Kicks
Burleigh aside_] I'll get even with you, Ned.

_Mrs. H._ Well, Steve, this has been an exciting visit. Does a college
room often furnish such incidents?

_Hud._ Well, it's all the fault of----

    _Hud._ }
    _Burl._ } My awful chum!


"I'm off for New Haven to-morrow," Rattleton announced as he dropped
into Holworthy's room, where several of the "gang" were sitting. "Going
to sojourn two days in the Land of Eli."

"You are, eh?" said Burleigh. "Well, you'll have a rattling good time
down there."

"A '_smooth_' time, you mean," corrected Rattleton. "Don't you know how
to talk Elic yet?"

"I beg pardon," said Burleigh. "When you get back I suppose you will
refer to the Porc as your 'spot,' and if any of us who are not members
asks you anything about it you will cut him dead."

"Don't make any breaks down there about queer pins and extraordinary
buildings," said Stoughton.

"They _are_ funny about those things, aren't they?" replied Rattleton.
"But I have no doubt they can laugh just as much at us about lots of

"Of course they can," asserted Holworthy. "_Vide_ the Dickey. That
institution is quite as absurd as anything they do down there."

"Nonsense, Hol," protested Stoughton; "whoever thinks up here of taking
the Dickey seriously,--except, perhaps, a few Sophomores who are fools
and snobs enough to be either cocky about getting on it or sore about
being left off. And as for awe and reverence, if there is any such
feeling at all towards the Dickey, it is confined to less than a tenth
of the Freshman class. What Senior ever cares two snaps about it one way
or the other?"

"That may be known well enough to us," answered Holworthy, "but what
does an outsider think when he sees Harvard men making such asses of
themselves, as those do who are running for the Dickey. Don't you
suppose it looks pretty childish."

"For instance," asked Hudson, "if he saw a handsome and accomplished
gentleman holding a horse and dog-cart--as I did for you--while a
low-down mucker goes in to call on the handsome gentleman's best
girl--as you did for me?"

"That was good for you," laughed Holworthy.

"Or if he saw as I did," added Burleigh, "a dignified swell, named
Hollis Holworthy, kissing all the babies he met on the street."

"Or a large and portly person," rejoined Hollis, "lying on his back in
the public square at Concord, and telling sympathetic citizens that he
was pierced by a British musket-ball. And then running in the dead of
night from Concord to Lexington, dressed in a continental uniform,
banging on the door of every farm-house with the butt of a musket until
he brought out the alarmed householder and told him that the regulars
were coming."

"Who made me do it?" retorted Burleigh.

"I acknowledge I had a hand in it," answered Holworthy. "I am
confessing, not defending. _De gustibus Sophomoris non est disputandum._
But that is no excuse. At Yale they don't disgrace their college that
way at any rate."

"They may have a lot of poppycock about their mysterious societies that
seems ridiculous to us," said Rattleton, "but they don't trouble anybody
else with it. Any way, they are good fellows, and they always give you a
royal time when you visit down there."

"Yes, they do, my child," Burleigh assented in a serious tone. "Remember
that you represent the dignity of the 'Oldest and Greatest.' Take care
that they do not make a painful exhibition of our boy."

"Ned knows," chuckled Hudson. "No one has ever been able to find out
exactly what happened to him when he stayed down there after the
ball-game last year. He came back, looking like the last hours of an
ill-spent life, with a confused story about some Yale beverage named
'Velvet' and a wonderful loving cup with no bottom, and a great many

"Hush your idle scandal," said Burleigh. "Who are you going to stay
with, Jack?"

"A first-rate fellow named Sheffield," answered Rattleton.

"What!" exclaimed Hudson, "Joe Sheffield?"

"Yes, do you know him?"

"Wow!" yelled Stoughton. "Does Steve know him! Mr. Hudson, do you know
Mr. Sheffield?"

"Shut up, Dick," said Hudson; "you promised not to tell that."

"I never promised anything of the kind," declared Dick. "I had almost
forgotten it, but I am glad I am reminded. All your friends ought to
know about it, Steve. I am sure they would be pleased."

"Hold on!" said Hudson, "if that yarn is going to be told, I prefer to
tell it myself. There is no sting in a clean breast."

"Go ahead then," said Stoughton. "I'll see that you tell it straight.
Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

"It was down at Bar Harbor, last summer," Hudson began. "I was spending
two weeks with this man, Stoughton, who lives there in summer. Next to
his place there was, er--there was--er----"

"A girl," interjected Dick, putting in the spur.

"Yes, there was, and an awfully pretty one, too," declared Hudson,
defiantly. "If you will kindly refrain from interrupting, I can do this
thing myself. What I was going to say was this: alongside of Dick's
place, there was another place, and a most attractive one. There was a
beautiful view from the piazza of this house----"

"_On_ the piazza," corrected Stoughton.

"Who is telling this story?" demanded Hudson. "Shut up and let me tell
it my own way. I used to go over to look at this view every day," he
continued; "so did this Yale man, Joe Sheffield. I used to know Joe at
St. Mark's, and liked him very well, but it was rather a nuisance to see
him at that house so much. Really he overdid it; why, I used to find him
every time I went there. Finally I made up my mind that the duel was on,
and I'd see who was the better man. Of course this was purely in a
sporting spirit, you understand; I only felt it my duty to beat Yale,
that was all."

"Careful, careful," murmured Dick, warningly. "Remember,--the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

"At first I tried sitting him out by fair means," Hudson went on, paying
no attention to Stoughton's side remark; "but the persistent bore outsat
me every time. He'd let me set the pace and do all the talking, and then
come in with a fresh wind on the finish and do me up. But early in the
struggle a powerful ally presented himself, the girl's small brother,
Freddy. He asked me one day why Sheffield wore that funny little pin all
the time. I have forgotten now which pin it was; but it was the symbol
of some particularly 'smooth' and secret band of brothers, and of course
Sheffield was never without it. I had been yearning to jab him on his
pin; but I knew I couldn't pretend to be innocent about it, and it would
have been a little too rude to deliberately and openly make him
uncomfortable. I told Freddy that I thought the pin had something to do
with a club at Yale, but I had no idea why Mr. Sheffield always wore it.
I suggested that he might ask Mr. Sheffield himself. It was a mean
trick, but I couldn't resist it. Freddy said he would, and I knew he was
just the boy to do it too. Freddy was of an inquiring and tenacious turn
of mind, and never dropped a research on any subject until he had found
out all there was to be learned,--he was a very fine little fellow.

"A little while after that, we three were sitting as usual on the
piazza, when my young ally came running up; as soon as he saw us he sang
out in his delightful, eager, childish way, 'Oh, Mr. Sheffield, I want
you to tell me something.' Sheffield, pleasant as punch, said, 'What is
it Freddy?' You ought to have seen him when Freddy said, 'I want to know
why you always wear that funny little pin?'

"Sheffield tried to pretend in the weakest way that he didn't hear him.
The big sister told Freddy to run away and play; but Freddy was not the
lad to be bluffed that way. He laughed in a knowing way and said,
'Ha-ha, I know. It's got something to do with some club at Yale, hasn't
it? You have got some secret about it, haven't you? But _I'll_ find it
out. Nell has secrets too, but I always find 'em out.'

"Hereupon his sister told him that if he didn't mind her, and stop
making a nuisance of himself, she'd tell his father and have him
punished. He said he wasn't making a nuisance of himself and appealed to
me. 'Mr. Hudson always tells me all about the Harvard clubs, don't you,
Mr. Hudson?'

"I assured him that I didn't mind any such questions at all, and told
him (Heaven forgive and preserve me!) that if he would come and see me
at Cambridge I would make him have a first-rate time, and show him the
clubs to which I belonged.

"'There,' he said, 'you don't think I'm a nuisance either, do you, Mr.
Sheffield? Isn't there a club at Yale called the Skull and Keys? I know
there is, 'cause I once heard Nell say she wondered how----'

"His sister grabbed him and said 'Stop' so severely that she managed to
choke him off for a moment. But it had got too hot for Joe. He suddenly
remembered that he had an engagement at three, at the Kebo Valley Club,
and retreated, leaving the Crimson to wave alone and victorious over the

"Then how that girl did go for Freddy! He went off almost crying. I
tried to stand up for the little man, and remarked how ridiculous the
Yale men were about their societies. She didn't agree with me very
heartily. She said it was a relief to see some young men take at least
something seriously, and intimated that she didn't believe Harvard men
were ever serious about anything, or had any reverence in them. So for
half an hour I dilated on our great merits, and explained what worthy
young men we really are.

"Next day I tried to 'set' Freddy on again, but it was no use; he had
been temporarily sat on. I was lunching at their house, and for a wonder
Sheffield wasn't there. I asked Freddy whether he had found out about
Mr. Sheffield's club yet. He said 'No, and I can't either. Nell told on
me, and Popper said he'd spank me if I troubled older people any more. I
didn't trouble anybody, did I, Mr. Hudson? I said you had told me
yourself to ask Mr. Sheffield about his pin, and Nell said you----'

"I never knew what his sister had said about me, because, just at this
point, the old gentleman banged the table and roared, 'You eat your
lunch, sir!' and Freddy subsided.

"A day or two after that, we all went on a picnic. Even Dick, the old
hermit, came along, for a wonder. I persuaded his family it wouldn't be
polite for him to stay home, as I was his guest."

"Yes," put in Dick, "you were my guest and I was responsible for your
behavior. It wasn't the etiquette that worried my family, it was the
danger of the thing. Besides, I wanted to see you and Joe Sheffield
making fools of yourselves. You did it too, both of you. Go ahead. I
won't interrupt you again."

"We all piled into those delightful long buckboards with four or five
seats, and drove to the foot of one of the mountains. There is only one
defect in the architecture of a Mt. Desert buckboard. It holds three on
a seat. Sheffield had to shove himself in on the same seat with the
pretty neighbor, so I got in on the other side of her. I did most of the
talking during the drive."

(At points such as this during the narrative, Hudson would stop and
violently puff his cigar, while Stoughton would hug himself gleefully,
and show other signs of delight.)

"We carried the lunch up the mountain," Hudson went on, "and ate it,
along with the ants and other things, on the summit. After lunch
Sheffield managed to drop me, somehow, and I went off for a smoke with
Dick. I consulted with Machiavelli Stoughton, as to how I might again
cast down the man from Yale. I knew the crafty Dago could help me, if
any one could. Dick wished for Freddy, for Dick always knew how to use
that interesting child; but Freddy had been left weeping at home. Dago
Mac' came up to his form, though. He suddenly pointed to a cluster of
brilliant wild flowers. I said, 'Yes, very pretty. What about 'em.' Then
Dick said 'Do you see that broad rock this side of them?' It was a
smooth slab that reached from the path, about twenty feet, down to where
the flowers grew. It slanted at a good steep angle, so that a man could
barely walk down it, with rubber-soled shoes. I didn't get much
inspiration out of the rock. Then Dick showed me a blackberry vine, or
some sort of a bramble, that ran across the face of the rock a little
more than half way down it. Still I couldn't see what he was driving at.
He said to come along and he'd show me. We went to the basket where the
remains of the lunch had been stowed, and Dick took what was left of the
butter. Then we went back to the rock and the Dago greased as much as he
could of it, just above the bramble. 'Now,' he said, 'when we start back
for the buckboard, you fall in alongside of Sheffield and the
enchantress. When you get to this rock, the method is very simple,--you
show the flowers, Eli will do the rest.'

"At last I took in at a glance all the grand possibilities of the
scheme. I remembered that Joe Sheffield was very particular about his
appearance, and was dressed up to the hilt. He was always sensitive
about his clothes. I fell upon Dick's neck and wept tears of gratitude.
Then we went back to the rest of the party. Sheffield had had a monopoly
the whole afternoon."

"A corner in Paradise?" suggested Burleigh.

"Exactly," said Hudson, "or perhaps Paradise in a corner. They didn't
turn up until we had shouted for ten minutes and the party had all
started down the mountain. I ranged up alongside of the pair, thereby
breaking up the Paradise trust, and we three brought up the rear. When
we got to the point in the path, just above the prepared rock, I called
attention to the flowers, with great art. Of course she said: 'Oh, how
perfectly lovely! Oh, I must have some of those!' and of course away we
both jumped. I let Sheffield get a little ahead and then went carefully
around the rock. He bounded gallantly down the face of it until he
struck the butter. Then he sat down with a dull, sickening thud;--but he
didn't stop there. He glided merrily on, over the blackberry vine, and
in among the seductive flowers. He sat still for a minute, and I knew
the situation had dawned on him with all its hideous uncertainties. Then
he turned himself round, face to the path, and got up carefully and
slowly, with a sort of sideways motion. He didn't attempt to pick any
flowers. There was a great deal of sympathy expressed above, and
inquiries as to whether he was hurt. Meantime I had arrived safely,
picked the whole cluster of flowers, and brought them back in triumph.
Sheffield followed me up, and when we moved on, he dropped in behind; he
acknowledged the path was too narrow for three.

"On arriving at the foot of the mountain, he leaned up against a big
tree, while the buckboards were being manned. The poor girl seemed to be
very much worried about him; unnecessarily so, I thought. He assured her
that he was not in the least hurt, but he stuck to the tree
nevertheless. There was a bird's nest up in the tree, and I heard Dick
ask Sheffield to climb up and see if there were any eggs in it, to
oblige the ladies. I helped the girl into the backboard and climbed in
beside her. After every one else had got aboard, the last seat, with
Dick, was good enough for Sheffield. I ran the Paradise industry,
without competition, all the way home. There seemed to be a certain
hitch in it, however, for she kept wondering whether Sheffield was hurt.
The bunch of wild flowers dropped out on the way, and Dick and I both
jumped out and chased it; Sheffield didn't even turn around to see what
had fallen. I slapped Dick on the back as we were picking up the flowers
and said: 'She must have an opinion of his manners.' Great Scott! that
was all I knew about it!"

Here Stoughton went through the hugging pantomime for the fourteenth

"She didn't seem to be very grateful when I brought those flowers back,
and wouldn't talk much all the way home. She said she was sure Sheffield
was hurt, and all on her account. When we arrived she asked him to
dinner. He stayed in the buckboard and drove to his hotel to dress. She
didn't ask me to dinner, and, by Jove, she left those flowers over which
I had taken so much trouble in the buckboard! I was very grateful to the
flowers, nevertheless."

"Well, I don't see where the joke on you comes in," said Holworthy, as
Hudson paused.

"Neither did I," answered Hudson. "I thought, in fact, that I had been
pretty clever about the whole affair, until--until," he went on,
gathering force by the repetition, "_until the engagement was
announced_! By Jove!" hurling his cigar butt into the fireplace as the
recollection grew on him, "that man and that girl had been engaged all
summer; for a week I had been playing smart Alec and steady number
three, making her hate the sight of me, while the Yale man was
undoubtedly all the time laughing in his sleeve at seeing me make a fool
of myself."

"Go on," commanded the relentless Stoughton. "Go on, there is an
epilogue,--or do you want me to tell it?"

"No, I'll do the whole thing," said Hudson, humbly. "When Dick and I
went round to call after the announcement, and congratulate Sheffield,
my little friend Freddy came running into the room. 'Oh, Mr. Hudson,' he
shouted, 'isn't it fun! Now we know why Nell got so mad about my
bothering Joe. Joe's very nice, but really I would rather have had you,
and I told her so.'"

"That wasn't all he said," remarked Dick, "but I'll let you off the
rest. I'll hold it over you for future occasions."

When Rattleton returned from New Haven a few days later, he announced at
the table that his friend Sheffield was coming up for Class Day, with
his _fiancée_. He had sent a special message to Hudson to say that they
were going to bring Freddy, because Freddy was crazy to see Harvard, and
Hudson had promised to show him all over college and take him into all
the clubs.

"Whew!" whistled Hudson; "d---- that horrid little boy."


June, June, beautiful, glowing, fascinating June, no doubt thou art
tired of hearing thy charms sung by lovers more eloquent than I, but
forgive this outburst from one who has known thee in the shades of
Cambridge. Never art thou more seductive than where the old walls and
stately elm trees trace their cool outlines on the turf of the Yard,
where the earnest, eager students, prone on the greensward, blow upon
blades of grass between their thumbs, and bet on sparrow fights and
caterpillar races. The tennis-courts are alive; there are ball games on
Holmes' Field, and the river winding through the green-flowing meadow
(the tide being high and the mud covered) is dotted with swift-gliding
shells. In the long-fading twilight the bright-beflannelled and
straw-behatted groups sit upon the fences, and lounge about the streets,
trying to screw up enough energy to disperse to their rooms, and study
for the--FINALS.

Ah, June, that is the one worm i' the bud of thy beauty! It is hard,
indeed, to eschew the racquet and the oar; to go over to the Library at
an early hour and hunt up Story on the _Constitution_, or Dana's
_Wheaton_, or Ruskin's _Stones_; to find it seized, and promised to five
other men before yourself; to seek a retired alcove less hot than the
rest of the drowsy place, and there, taking off your coat, to doze over
a volume until four o'clock, when the reserved books may be taken out;
then to carry a huge book over to your room, and with an awakening
cigar, grind until dinner-time; to go at it again in the evening when
the scent of early summer drifts through the open window, together with
the singing and laughter of some inconsiderate jackass who has finished
his examinations, or does not care whether he gets through them or not.
Hard is all this, but still, oh, June, I would woo thee again in those
shades even in that wise; for, perchance, I might finish my examinations
early and then would I enjoy life to its fullest, and make it miserable
for my less fortunate friends. I would join with those who had also
finished their work, and we would have a grand reaction. We would urge
the others to join us on the river and the tennis-courts; we would sing
in the Yard of evenings, and the free would put their heads out of
window and cry "More! More!!" while the still grinding slaves would cry
"Shut up!" and other things that I should grieve to hear and will not
state; and if haply we sat upon the steps of Matthews or of Holworthy,
or any where within range, these same scurvy slaves would throw pitchers
of water and other things, even eggs kept for the purpose, until we
untrammelled souls betook ourselves elsewhere. Then would we go to the
"pop" concert, or the Howard Athenæum, or other abode of intellectual
rest; and after that we would sup with great mirth. We would found a
recuperating club for weary minds, and as each friend threw off the yoke
and joined us, we would receive him with becoming ceremonies. Oh! the
last week before Class Day is well worth the pains of the other three.

"What is so rare as a day in June!" carolled Hudson joyfully, as he
danced into his room and thumped Burleigh on the back.

"One in February," growled that portly gentleman, "there are two less of
'em in the year. Now look here; if you are going to kick up a row
because you are all through, just get out of here, and make your
ill-timed noise somewhere else."

"Don't be so sour. Hullo, Lazy Jack; these be hard times for you, old
Butterfly. How many more have you got?"

"Five," sighed Jack. "Pol. Econ. 23, Fine Arts, Freshman English, and
two entrance conditions."

"Great Scott! The way of the transgressor _is_ hard."

"Clear out of here," commanded Burleigh. "I am coaching this man
Rattleton, and I don't want any interruption in my private tutoring. Get
out," and Ned hove a dictionary at his exuberant room-mate.

"Oh, if you are laboring with Jack, I won't interfere with the good work
of the Rattleton Rescue Mission," said Hudson, dodging the dictionary
and taking himself off to irritate some one else.

Ned Burleigh was never in such a mood about his own examinations. He was
one of the few men for whom those trials had no terrors. None of his
friends could tell exactly when he did work for an examination; it might
have been at 4 A.M. on the same morning after a supper; it might have
been on the train during an inter-exam. excursion to Newport, or on a
cat-boat cruise in the harbor. Yet he had never failed. He used to say
that to know too much about a course made the examinations mere
drudgery, but that when there was an uncertainty, then there was some
sport in the struggle, some excitement as to whether you could throw the
paper or the paper would throw you. That was all very well for him, who
generally "ragged a B." and never got "flunked," but it was a dangerous
attempt for most men to follow his example.

This year, however, Ned was devoting himself to Jack Rattleton. It was a
serious case with Jack, for he had any number of conditions to work off,
so many, in fact, that every one was rather astonished at his attempt to
retrieve his degree, and at the unwonted, desperate efforts of Lazy
Jack. It was a forlorn hope, and the betting was heavily against him.
Under any circumstances Ned Burleigh would have done all he could to
help poor Jack pull through, but, added to his unselfish interest in his
friend, were pride in his pupil and the fact that he had taken some of
the long odds against him. Nor could Jack have found a better coach in
the most high-priced tutor in Cambridge. With a thorough knowledge of
the courses he had taken, Ned combined a knowledge of the presiding
minds in those courses, and, moreover, he understood perfectly the
science of passing an examination.

"Now, Jack," he said, "you know the important points and main
definitions in that course pretty well. Just remember that all that is
good is Greek, and all that is Greek is good, and no modern work from
the Brooklyn Bridge to a beer mug is worthy of aught save the abhorrence
of cultivated men. If the exam is in Sever, you might throw in an
allusion to the draughts and foul air in that modern pile of bricks. Now
how about Pol. Econ. 23? Let's see, does Jowler give that still? Well,
you are morally certain to have a question on the Tariff of '46--that is
his pet. Be certain that the country has never been more prosperous than
under that tariff. Of course, there was the discovery of gold and other
causes of prosperity at the same time, but unless you know all about
them, and can explain them away, don't touch on them at all. Jowler is a
free trader, bear that in mind. I will do him the justice to say that he
would be delighted if you knew enough about the course and were clever
enough to make any strong points for protection; but you are not, so
don't try it. Stick to plain, first principles, and show that the
country is going to the devil."

"Gad, Ned," said Rattleton, shaking his head in mournful admiration, "it
is a great thing to have learned so much. I have wasted my advantages

"Constant application, my son," quoth Burleigh, (who for three years had
been on the ragged edge of probation, and had been saved only by his
high marks), "strict attendance on lectures, and careful attention to
the great men under whom it is our privilege to sit. Even if you never
go near the library, you can learn much in the lecture-room. Now I must
leave you; I am going to a seminar over in College House."

"All right, I have got to leave, too," said Jack, looking at his watch.
"There is a grinding bee in entrance Greek, in Jim de Laye's room--lot
of foolish virgins like myself, who have put off the job until Senior
year, and are doing their school work now. By the way, I promised to
collar a mucker to drive the horse."

"Get my friend, Mr. James Casey; very intelligent young man; understands
the job thoroughly. You will undoubtedly find him playing duck-on-a-rock
in a vacant lot back of Holyoke, or badgering the Dago fruit-man on the
corner. If you don't find him, drop a package of cigarettes somewhere,
and watch it; you will catch a mucker right away."

"A better way than that," said Jack, "is to chain Blathers to the iron
railing of the Pudding, and stand behind the door. In five minutes all
the best talent in muckerdom will be there with tin-cans and stones."

Jack had no need, however, to expose his faithful hound. He found a
covey of muckers, in the vacant lot before mentioned, and on demanding
whether any of them could read, was at once besieged with volunteers to
"drive the pony." "Chimmie" Casey was among them, and Jack secured his
services. "Chimmie" had been at school to some advantage, for he could
read Bohn's translations with great fluency (which is the English of
"driving the pony"), and made many a half dollar by his learning.

Jack took him round to De Laye's room, where eight or ten men were
already assembled, with books, pipes, and siphons of seltzer, ready for
the services. The mucker was put in the middle of the room with the
"trot"; the students sat around him and followed the translation in
their Greek texts. The following is a short specimen of Prof. Casey's
flowing delivery of the _Iliad_:

"Den puttin' on deir shinin' mail, dey moved apart from de great crowd
of admirin' Trojans and well-greased Greeks. Den Jones spake----"


"I can't say dese hard names. Mr. Burleigh told me to call 'em all Jones
when I got stuck."

"All right, go ahead."

"Jones spake wid words of hate. 'Dog-eyed son of--son of--' Gosh! dat's
a hard name to call a feller."

"Let it go at Jones."

"'Dog-eyed son of Jones [I must learn dat], now shalt dou meet dy doom.
To him Jones, de god-like son o' Jones--' say, how did dese fellers all
have different names from der faders?"

"Never mind; go on with the trot."

"'T'ink not to turn my heart to water wid your vauntin' words' [always
jawin' before dey fight].

"He spake and t'rew his mighty spear and struck full in de midst of
Jones' buckler round. It pierced eight folds of tough bull-hide and
t'rough de brazen breastplate and cut de linen vest beneat' [dat Jones
was a daisy]. Den Jones, poisin' his mighty spear, prayed to Jove: 'Oh,
fader Jove, wreak now meet punishment on dis offender; send him to de
shades by my arm,'--say, what's he always stoppin' to talk to dat feller
for in de middle of a scrap?"

"Shut up and go on!"

"He trew his spear in turn, but de point fell harmless. Den again he
cried aloud: 'Oh, fader Jove, dou art de most unkind'--was Jove de

"Look here, Jamesey, if you don't stop talking we'll dock your pay."

"Den sure de light had sped from Jones' eyes, but mudder Venus, when she
saw her son hard-pressed, flew to his side. From de field she bore him
far from Jones' wrat', wrapped in a hollow cloud [de h---- she did!
Dat's de silliest fight ever I hear on.]"

At the end of the "grinding bee" young Mr. Casey was dismissed with
coins, a cigarette, and advice to restrict his annotations in future

Rattleton struggled along in his new mode of life for a week or two
longer, until his last examination a few days before Class Day. Ned had
sent him to bed early on the night before. At breakfast, and on the way
over to University, Nestor gave his final advice.

"Look your paper over carefully before you begin to write. Write only on
those questions that you can answer, and write a lot on them, so that
you apparently have no time for the others. Don't try to bluff on the
questions that you don't know; some men can do it, but don't you try it.
It rarely goes down with Jowler. Take the whole three hours, and don't
go out early, even if you have written all you know. Now, good luck to
you, old man; go in and win. I'll see you at lunch."

The paper was very easy. Dick Stoughton had the same course, and
finished his answers early. While waiting a decent time for appearance
sake, before going out, he executed a characteristic stroke. Brown, the
proctor, was a man who prided himself on his sharpness and yearned for
opportunities to show it. He was taking a post-graduate course, and had
been in the University only one year. He had a custom of walking
stealthily about the room, and, in the most offensive manner, peering
over men's shoulders while they wrote. On one of these hunts he sat down
on the corner of Stoughton's desk and looked over the shoulder of the
man in front. Machiavelli Stoughton hastily wrote out, on the back of
the examination paper, the gist of half the answers. This paper he
pinned on the back of the proctor's coat with the legend "Read him and
pass him along." Brown then continued on his tour of inspection, to the
edification of all and the salvation of many.

Several other men came out early also. They gathered on the steps of
University, and compared notes on the paper. The chief topic of
conversation, however, was Rattleton.

"I am afraid the jig is up with poor Jack Rat," said one man. "He is

"Yes, I saw him biting his pencil and tearing his hair," corroborated

"He looked gloomy as a funeral," said Dick; "besides that paper was so
easy that, if he knew anything about the course, he ought to have
finished by this time."

"He will lose his degree surely unless he gets a squint at Brown's
back," said Gray. "Can't anything more be done for him? Set your crafty
brains at work, Dago Dick."

"Of course, nothing can be done," said another man. "How are we going to
communicate with him from out here? We might get him in an awful

"Hold on, I've got it!" cried Stoughton, and dashed off across the Yard.

Half an hour later a man hurriedly entered the drowsy examination room
in University, and went up to the proctor with a telegram. Brown looked
at the address and took it over to Rattleton. Jack was now slumped down
in his seat gazing blankly at a fly in his inkstand, probably wishing to
change places with the fly. The proctor handed him the telegram and
stood near him. Jack opened the envelope, then started and smiled a
little as he read the message. He looked up suddenly and caught the
proctor trying to read the telegram.

"No bad news I hope, Mr. Rattleton," said the latter, looking at him

"Oh, no," answered Jack, "best of news." He closed his blue book with a
slam and returned the proctor's gaze squarely.

"Ahem!" coughed that officer of the Court. "I presume, of course, Mr.
Rattleton, that your message is in no way connected with this

"I beg your pardon, Mr. Brown," replied Jack in his deliberate drawl,
"you do not presume anything of the kind. If you did, you would have
better manners than to be so inquisitive about it;--at least I will give
you credit for such. As a matter of fact this telegram contains no
information on the paper."

"I must insist upon seeing it, sir," exclaimed the red and astounded

Jack rose to his feet. "You heard what I said," he remarked quietly. "I
am not in the habit of being doubted."

He walked up to the desk at the end of the room, and put his blue book
on the pile of others. "You notice, Mr. Brown, that I have not written a
word since receiving this message. I do not know who sent it, nor
anything about it. Here it is if you would like to read it." He threw
the telegram on the desk and stalked out of the room.

The group of men on the steps outside crowded around him with eager

"I don't know," said Jack, "but I guess I got through. I had written
most of the answers half an hour ago, but, of course, I was not fool
enough to go out early, and have the proctor mark the time on my blue
book. That is all very well for you fellows who are sure of your answers
and have good reputations, but I need to exhibit the full three hours of
careful thought. I should have stayed to the end if I hadn't had a tiff
with Brown, the proctor, about a telegram."

"What!" cried the others. "Dick Stoughton's telegram? What happened?"

"Nothing much; Brown has it."

"Nothing much! You are a ruined man! Didn't you see that telegram was a
brilliant idea of Dago Mac's. It had all the answers in it; didn't it,

Jack looked at Dick, and grinned.

"Oh, no," said that crafty genius, "that is only what you fellows
thought. I wasn't fool enough to write anything of the kind, when that
Argus Brown was proctor."

"If he is small enough to look at that telegram after I gave it to him,"
said Jack, "what he read was this: 'Get into a row with Brown about this
telegram. He is a cad, and will probably accuse you of lying. Old Jowler
hates that sort of thing, and has no love for the Brown type of proctor.
If he hears of the row, he will count it up in your favor.'"


The conflict of evidence in the case renders it difficult to decide
whether Class Day is the gayest or the saddest of the college year.
Certain graduates, being duly sworn, depose that it was the happiest day
of their whole lives; an equal number--no, the Court will presume the
better--a somewhat smaller number, refuses to testify at all, until kind
Time has obliterated, or, at any rate, mitigated, important facts in the
case; until, indeed, the memory of man goeth not, or goeth gently, to
the harsh Contrary. Most of the Seniors bear witness as here followeth.
Were too busy to notice their impressions distinctly; remember being
blue at intervals, decidedly so in the evening. Think they felt jolly on
the way to Saunders' Theatre behind the band; know they felt gloomy in
Saunders'. Were worried at their own spreads; believe the strawberries
gave out; had a very fair time at the other fellows' spreads. Got badly
banged around the Tree; can swear they got more flowers off it than
anybody else. Took good care of their families to the best of their
knowledge and belief; took their mothers up to their rooms, when
affected by the heat; did not see their sisters; saw very little of any
other sisters. Enjoyed the singing of the Glee Club until it came to
"College Days are Over" and "Fair Harvard"; began to feel a little out
of sorts then, and grew more so after everybody had gone. Continued in
same frame of mind until the wind-up at the club. How they felt after
that some deponents say not, others testify to being still more
depressed, and going to bed in decided gloom. On the whole, think the
day was a sad one.

On the other hand, the testimony of the Juniors and under-classmen is
overwhelmingly on the side of joy. So is that of the rank and file of
the army of occupation. The generals, officers of the day, and
provost-marshals of that army testify that it is a day of hard work and
wearing responsibility. For on that day the largest stronghold of
Trouserdom capitulates unconditionally, and from bastion to casemate is
swept by the skirts of the invading battalions. Bright dresses
everywhere dot the grass, and float over floors that for twelve months
have known only the tread of the trousered boot. Some of the clubs even
are surrendered, and only here and there is kept a hiding-place, to
which the overpowered defenders may flee to rally on a cigar, or change
their wilted armor. The garrison is enslaved almost to a man, each one
being attached to the train of some conqueror. During the day the
victors are content with such triumph, and show some clemency while
their officers hold them in check; but when the shades of evening begin
to fall, and the provost-marshals have grown tired, then the slavery is
turned into a massacre. Scenes of carnage are everywhere, and the
helpless captives are put to the fan without mercy. Some are merely
tortured a little, others slaughtered outright, and at the end of the
evening many a scalp goes forth dangling from a slender waist. On the
other hand, however, it is a solace to reflect that some of the invaders
are themselves captured, and paroled for life.

Dick Stoughton had declared that there was to be no tomfoolery for him.
His people had gone abroad, and he would therefore incur no filial
liabilities. He rarely went anywhere in society, and had no civilities
to repay. He thanked Providence that "not one mother's daughter of 'em
had any mortgage" on him. The only people he invited lived in the far
West, and wouldn't come. It is often said that a man never enjoys his
own Class Day; he would see about that. He called for volunteers in the
good work. None of Ned Burleigh's relatives were coming East, so he
agreed to stand on Dick's right hand and keep the strike with him.
Randolph was also family-free and promised to join in the stand for
liberty. These three organized as the Protective Brotherhood of
Amalgamated Seniors.

The objects of the Brotherhood were declared to be lunch, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness. The first rule was to assist each other in
obtaining nourishment and irrigation at the crowded "spreads." They were
to do commissariat duty for no one. The second principle was to stand by
each other through all the perils of the day; if any brother should be
captured the others were to rescue him at once,--three men could resist
better than one. They also arranged a plan of co-operation and mutual
relief, by which any member could talk to any one he chose without fear
of bondage. The strategic moves were as follows. If one of the three saw
some one to whom he wanted to talk, he was to notify the others, who
would stand at his back while he opened fire. A time limit of five
minutes was to be allowed him. Brother Stoughton wanted to cut this down
to two minutes, and Brother Randolph desired ten. The altercation roused
suspicions in Brother Stoughton's mind, and insinuations on his part
against Brother Randolph's sincerity; but Brother Burleigh smoothed over
the incipient breach and compromised on five minutes. At the end of five
minutes the fire was to be slackened, and half of the reserves called up
by saying: "May I present my friend," etc. One of the fresh supports
should then wheel to the front, and while he engaged the enemy, the
other two should go off and find a non-union man,--a happy,
irresponsible Junior, if possible, one of those important, conceited
Juniors, who wear little silver ushers' pins, and think they are running
the whole thing and having a glorious time. The two brethren were to
tell this Junior that a very charming girl had asked particularly to
have him presented. Then they should take him up to where their
companion was holding his ground, throw the Junior into the action, and
under cover of this diversion the three would retreat and leave him to
his fate, pleasant or otherwise, as the case might be.

Hudson thought the plan an excellent one, but was precluded from joining
by family cares. Holworthy said "nonsense," and also expected to be busy
all day. Gray declared it was all out of keeping with the spirit of the
day, and indignantly refused to have anything to do with it; whereupon
the Amalgamated Brethren called him "scab," and threatened to shadow him
during the evening. Jack Rattleton did not show much interest on either
side, and indeed was not sure that he would stay up for Class Day at
all. There was something the matter with Jack, probably the effects of
his abnormal efforts during the examinations.

It rains on Class Day every fifth year, and as this was only the third,
the weather was all right on the great morning. The vanguard of the
invaders was first met in Saunders' Theatre, and there held in check and
severely handled for an hour and a half. That was the last resistance
offered, however; after that the bright, victorious masses swarmed
everywhere, and reinforcements kept pouring in over the bridge. The
Protective Brotherhood formed square immediately, and bravely cut its
way through the opening spread at the Hemenway Gymnasium. It moved on
the other spreads with equal success. There was a little friction early
in the day betwixt Brothers Stoughton and Randolph, because the latter
led into action with unnecessary frequency and boldness. He wanted to
talk to some one every fifteen minutes, and the supporting tactics had
to be put in operation too often to suit Dick. Furthermore, Randolph
frequently ran over the time limit.

In the struggle round the Tree, the "gang" organized itself with great
effect. Little Gray was mounted on Burleigh's shoulders, and with the
others guarding him, tore down flowers enough for all his supporters.
After the Tree, the Brotherhood prudently united again, and towards
evening went cautiously to the Beck Hall spread. They had hardly got on
the grounds before Randolph in an undertone ejaculated the
omnisignificant, "By Jove!"

"Are you going in again?" demanded Stoughton, impatiently. "You'll tire
us out. We shall do this thing once too often, the first thing you know,
and one of us will get stuck."

"You fellows needn't bother about relieving me this time," answered
Randolph, graciously, and off he went. He was not seen again during the

"That is what I call rank desertion," exclaimed Dick, in disgust. "I
have been afraid all along he'd do that. The beggar uses us all day
until _she_ turns up, then we can shift for ourselves."

"Treason, treason!" cried Burleigh, "let's follow him up and make it
pleasant for him."

"No," growled Dick, "let these squires of dames run their heads into the
yoke if they want to. Come on, old man, you and I will stand by each
other, anyway, and live and die free men. Let's strike the grub; that
Tree shindy has made me ravenous."

But the "grub" was hard to "strike." Pale famine threatened over the
lawn of Beck Hall. There was a surging mass around the table in the
tent, and as fast as a dish was brought in (which was not very fast) it
was snapped up by the foragers with cries of "For a lady, for a lady."
There was little hope for a free patriot guerilla among these enthralled
commissaries of the conquerors.

"Look here," said Dick, "I notice the dishes are brought out of that
door. The thing for us to do is to trace these waiters up to their

They followed this Stoughtonian idea, and worked up stream against the
waiters, until they arrived at the fountain of supply in the cellar of
the Hall. The springs were very nearly exhausted, but there was enough
salad to load two plates. A demijohn contained one glassfull of claret
punch. For this they matched, and Dick won it. Then the explorers
returned up-stairs, with their brilliantly won booty. Just as they were
emerging on the lawn, Dick ahead with his plate in one hand and the
glass in the other, they heard an exclamation of "Why, _there's_ Mr.
Stoughton!" A huge frigate was bearing right down upon them, with all
sail set, and four light craft in tow!

Dick's knees shook together, and with a look of astonished horror, he
groaned, "Good Lord! How did they ever get here?"

"Quick!" said Burleigh; "give me the punch. For Heaven's sake save that.
You've got to take your hat off. Hang it, man, where are your manners?"

In his confusion Dick handed his glass to Ned, and bowed. The next
minute the enemy was upon him.

"Oh, Mr. Stoughton, I'm so glad we've found you. You must be surprised
to see us, aren't you? So good of you to ask us. I didn't expect to get
here, but the girls insisted that they could not miss your Class Day. So
we've come all the way from Omaha. Think of that! You are the only
friend we've met. Oh! where _did_ you get all that salad?"

"Ah--er--delighted,--er--so glad you could come," murmured Dick.
"Brought the whole family too--this is awfully jolly. By-the-way, let me
present my friend, Mr. Burleigh."

Dick turned round for his supporter. Edward was gone; so was the punch.

Ned Burleigh fled round a corner seeking a secluded nook that he had
marked down for emergencies. His intentions were perfectly loyal; he
meant to return and succor his ally after he had safely disposed of the
food and liquid. But he had not gone a dozen steps before he encountered
Steve Hudson with a weary look in his eye. That organ lit up when it
fell on the stout chum and his burden.

"Oh, Ned! where did you get it? Give it to me."

"There may be a little more where this came from," answered Ned,

"Give it to me, Ned. I want it for my mother. My whole family is
starving on my hands."

"Hum," said Burleigh, suspiciously. "I think I will take it to her
myself. I know this 'for a lady' dodge. If your statement is true, I
want the credit of the sacrifice."

"Good," exclaimed Hudson, the weary look passing away entirely. "Come
along. My sister has been disappointed at not seeing you all day."

The sister's alleged disappointment was not relieved, for she was not
with the family at all. Two or three aunts and a pig-tailed cousin were.
While Burleigh was yielding up his hard-earned spoils with a hollow, a
very hollow grace, and receiving thanks, Steve Hudson disappeared,
saying he would be back in a moment.

The pale, beseeching face of Dick, languishing among five women, rose
before Ned's vision, but this was no time to think of his comrade;--he
had to forage ice-cream for the aunts. Then he had to get some water;
then he had to look for the escaped daughter, an unsuccessful quest.
("It's too bad to trouble you this way, Mr. Burleigh"); then he had to
round up two small boys. ("The boys have no business here, I know, but
they begged so hard to come"); then he had to take the pig-tail round
the Yard; then more water ("Oh, if you _could_ get some Apollinaris");
Apollinaris; then he had to order the carriage ("Where _can_ Steve be?
We can't go away without saying good-by to the boy, and telling him what
a good time we have had"); then he had to put off the carriage; etc,
etc, etc. And thus fell the last of the Amalgamated Seniors!

       *       *       *       *       *

The carriages were beginning to leave. Ernest Gray got his family off
among the first, and then went on a search.

He looked everywhere, as far as the outlying spread at the Agassiz; but
unsuccessfully. He came to the conclusion that Class Day was about over,
and began to think that it was not so merry as he had always thought it
before. As he strolled back over the Delta, it occurred to him that he
would not cross the old historic battle-ground often again--if at all.
Memorial Hall was brightly illuminated. The light shone through the
stained-glass windows, and showed the array of those who had done their
duty. The window of '61 caught his eye most plainly. On the one half was
a student listening to the trumpet, on the other he was going forth full
armed. Over the Senior's head, the calm face of the Founder looked
through the night into the West,--into the West, where spread the

He did not go through the Yard, he walked slowly along behind it. He
heard the sound of music, and between the buildings caught a glimpse of
the enchanted quadrangle, the last bright transformation scene before
the drop of the curtain. He wandered on and beneath a well-known window
looked up, perhaps from force of habit. Then he stopped, for, though the
open window was dark, he thought he saw a form in it. He went up-stairs
and knocked at the door. "Come in," said Jack Rattleton's voice. The
room was unlit, and Jack was sitting in the window-seat with his dog.

"Hello, old man," said Gray. "I haven't seen you since the Tree. Have
you been up here by yourself all the evening?"

"Well, you see," drawled Jack. "Blathers was up here all alone, and I
thought I'd sit with him a little while. I can amuse him better than I
can a girl, you know."

Gray walked over to him, and for a long time the two men of opposite
natures looked silently out of the window together. Below, they could
see the Japanese lanterns, the white dresses, and all the gay
throng--they _could_ see them, but they didn't. They saw, above the
elms, the belfry of Harvard Hall against the clear night sky. They saw
the familiar outlines of the dark roofs and spires. Over all, they saw
the tower of Memorial pointing to the stars. Up from the Yard floated,
distinctly, the measures of the Anthem.

    "Thou then wert our Mother, the nurse of our souls
      We were moulded to manhood by thee,
    Till freighted with treasures, life friendships and hopes,
      Thou didst launch us on Destiny's sea."



"Well, it does concern me, because I don't want any love-sick invalids
in that boat." Thus spake the practical William Bender, Esq., Captain of
the H. U. Crew. He had just come into Hollis Holworthy's room and sat
down for a few minutes' private conversation with that gentleman. By a
simple method of his, he had come to the point of the interview in the
opening question, "Look here, Hol, is Charlie Rivers in love?"
Holworthy, somewhat startled, had replied that his chum's affairs were
not his, and intimated that he could not see how they belonged to Bender
either. Hence the above remark.

"I don't want you to think," he continued, "that I am merely inquisitive
and impertinent; but you see I am responsible for the condition of the
men, and if anything of that sort is going on I ought to know it. Last
year I had one man in the boat who was engaged, and two who wanted to
be, and I never knew anything about it until after the race. Jim Lovell,
who had precious little money himself, was engaged, to a girl without a
cent, and all the spring he was thinking about the price of beef when he
ought to have been watching the man in front of him and improving his
recover. As for Randal and Bowers they had no right to be in the boat.
They were all out of condition, and I don't see now how we won. Even at
New London, just before the race, those two men were moping like a pair
of sick pointers. They were off their feed and so blue that they made
every body else so. I was scared to death, thought they were
over-trained, and laid them off several times though they needed all the
practice they could get. I let them fill themselves up with Bass, nearly
a pint a day. Nothing did any good, and I never knew what to make of it
until last summer when the engagements of both were announced. Bah! no
wonder the starboard side was weak."

"Well, I have heard you rowing men growl about almost everything,"
laughed Holworthy, "but this is a new complaint. So Dan Cupid played the
mischief with the Harvard crew, did he? I shouldn't think the little
winged god would make such a heavy passenger in the boat. Think how much
harder his victims must pull when their fair ladies' eyes are upon them.
Why, it is quite like wearing a silken scarf at a tournament."

"Wearing grandmother's ducks. That is just all they know about such
things, the chaps who write novels. No amount of ladies' eyes or wearing
apparel ever pulled Sir Launcelot through a mill, if he wasn't properly
trained for it."

"You have no poetry in your soul, you old monk; your heart is as hard as
your muscles," replied Hollis, smiling. "Wait until you get an arrow
yourself, and see what a spirit it will put in you. Why, you will
conquer anything."

"That is all nonsense," declared Bender. "Every man on that crew will
pull his best, anyway, don't you be afraid about that; but his best
won't amount to much if he spends all his time worrying about some pink
and white girl. I think I know the symptoms of the disease now, and what
is more I think Charlie Rivers has it. Thank goodness he sticks to his
beef yet, and seems to pull as strong an oar as ever; but there is
something wrong. He used to be the jolliest old cock in college, and
bright and quick as a steel trap. Now he hardly talks at all at the
training table, and when he does make a joke it is usually stupid.
You're his room-mate and best friend, and you must know what is up. Of
course I don't ask you to betray any confidence, and if he has been
spilling over to you, you are quite right in telling me that it is none
of my business. But if you have diagnosed his case for yourself, I wish
you would tell me frankly what you think about it."

"If Charlie is in love he has never told me so," Holworthy answered
rather evasively. "I do know, however, that he has had a great many
things to depress him. His father died last winter, you remember, and of
course that was enough to make him blue. Then he has very little money,
and is uncertain about getting any sort of a good job when he graduates,
and he is worrying over that. He will probably brace up after a while. I
hope you won't fire him off the crew, for it would break his heart."

"Well, you know, Holly, it would break mine too," said Bender. "Charlie
has always played in awfully hard luck, and he certainly deserves
another chance to win his oar, and a red one at that; but, of course, I
can't keep him in the boat out of personal friendship and admiration, if
he is not fit to row. I don't think there is any danger of that yet,
however. He is still the prettiest oar I have ever seen, and surely no
one could work more conscientiously."

"He is a great deal too conscientious. It would do him good to break
training once in a while," asserted Hollis. "You ought to let a man in
his condition smoke, anyway."

"I don't know about that," objected the Tory oarsman. "I hope you will
do your best to cheer him up, though; and, especially, if you find out
that any girl has got him on a string, talk him out of it and clear his

"Oh, thou untamed Hercules," replied Holworthy, laughing at this last
simple request. "I suppose you think you could snap such a string as you
can an oar. When Omphale ties you up in her yarn, you won't find it so
easy to break."

"Well, I hope old Rivers is not snarled up in any such tackle," said
Bender, as he rose to go. "After all, though, I believe I would rather
have him in the middle of the boat than any other man in the
University,--even if he were in love with twenty girls." And with this
acknowledgment in spite of such Mohammedan possibilities, Billy Bender
went off to the river.

As Bender had said, Charles Rivers had been "playing in hard luck."
Though a splendid oarsman he had never won a race. In his Freshman year
he had been taken out of his class crew to be a substitute for the
University eight. The next year he rowed No. 4 on the 'Varsity; but Yale
won. He filled the same place all through his Junior year, until a week
before the race, when he sprained his heel and had to sit in the
referee's launch and watch his comrades get their revenge on the Blue.
This year was his last, and he had begun training, even with the new
men, before Christmas.

Few people realize through what a man must go who tries for a university
crew. Even those who have been to the rowing colleges cannot fully
appreciate it unless they have themselves trained with the big crew, or
been closely associated with some man who has done so. True, it is only
to lead a very regular abstemious life, and to do a good deal of
healthful, though hard work. It may seem easy to do this for seven
months--perhaps it is so for those superior to the little vices that
make life pleasant for us weaker ones. But you, my friend, who like a
good dinner and a cigar, and the merry company of your fellow-men, you
try it,--particularly if you are living in the midst of men who are
enjoying their youth to its utmost. Leave them before ten o'clock and go
to bed just as Tom is preparing to make a Welsh rarebit, and Dick is
brewing a punch, and Harry has got out his banjo. Gaze day after day on
your favorite pipes that look beseechingly at you from the mantel-piece.
Run five miles every day, and row ten or fifteen while the coach and
coxswain take turns at telling you how utterly useless you are; then try
to study all the evening for an examination. Watch your friends starting
off without you on moonlight sleigh rides, and theatre sprees, and
yachting and coaching parties. Go to a dinner and refuse everything
indigestibly tempting that is put under your nose, look on the wine when
it is red and don't drink it, and smell the other men's cigars. For six
or seven months out of the nine of a college year he must do all this
who would be one of the 'Varsity Eight; and at the end of the seven
months he may be appointed substitute, or thrown off altogether for a
better man. No doubt it is quite wrong to consider such a proper mode of
life as a sacrifice; nevertheless it is a great one to most of the young
men who go through it, and particularly to such a one as Rivers. Yet
this sacrifice he had made all through his college course.

But hard as the training is to a man in the full flush of health and
spirits, it is ten times harder to one who is troubled and depressed.
When in such a condition the incessant and monotonous exercise is apt to
wear on his nerves, and make him more despondent. If used to tobacco he
wofully misses the great comforter. So poor Charlie found it, for in
this, his Senior year, one thing happened after another to grieve and
worry him. In the winter his father died, and Rivers keenly felt the
loss, for his father had been his best friend. Added to his natural
grief was a new feeling of responsibility, as though left to fight a
battle unsupported, his reserves having been destroyed. On his own
account he would not have been troubled by this, but a young sister had
been left to him--and very little else. He would have left college at
once, but it had been his father's earnest wish that he should take his
degree, and there was little chance of finding anything to do before
Commencement. So the little sister was quartered with an aunt, and
Rivers came back to Cambridge, and went to work again with the crew. The
training wore on him more than ever before. He did not miss the fun that
was going on around him, but, oh! how he did long for his pipe. He kept
grimly on, however, more with the determination of the man (trivial
though the object may seem) than with the former enthusiasm of the boy.
Holworthy used to do his best in the evenings to lighten his chum's
mood, and never smoked himself when the latter was with him.

Besides these troubles, Hollis strongly suspected that there was
another; he had not been altogether frank with Bender on the subject.
One day some one and her mother came on to Boston for a fortnight, and
Rivers at the same time became bluer and more restless than ever. He put
all his pipes out of sight, and would tramp up and down the room, or sit
and look into the fire for an hour at a time. Nevertheless he would go
into Boston nearly every day, and get back only just in time for crew

When some one and her mother came out to see Cambridge, a luncheon had
to be given in the room. There was the usual borrowing of furniture,
ruthless clearing up, and upsetting of all established disorder in the
room, all of which Holworthy suffered in silence. He watched his patient
narrowly all through lunch; but when they went out to see the lions, he
no longer had any doubt about the case. For Rivers took Mamma, leaving
Hollis to convoy the younger craft.

Before the two weeks were up, Rivers did a very foolish thing. He came
to the conclusion that, in any event, hell would be better than
purgatory. That was of course illogical, but a man in purgatory is not
logical. Furthermore when he makes up his mind to jump out of that
middle place, he shuts his eyes and always hopes, with or without
reason, that he will not go the wrong way. If he were in a comfortable
state and could reason at his ease, he might not delude himself with
unfounded hope. Charlie Rivers thought he had argued coolly with
himself. To the prospect of his responsibilities and narrow means, he
answered that he had strength, energy, and education, and that his
little sister needed more than money. To the cold reflection that he had
never been shown the slightest glimpse of anything more than the
dictates of natural gentleness and good manners, he replied that perhaps
it was not right for a girl to show more until a man told her that he
loved her. At any rate he would not trust his untutored perceptions to
tell whether she cared anything for him or not; the only way was to ask
her and find out. If he was afraid to do so he was a coward and did not
deserve her. Then he argued himself into the idea that it was his duty
to tell her squarely how he stood, and give her the opportunity to send
him away if she so pleased and put a stop to attentions that might be
irksome to her. This was all very silly and boyish. If he had known all
about such things, as of course do you and I who read and write about
them, he would have spent that Sunday, on which there was no rowing, in
his room, reading Thackeray, or gone out with Rattleton and Holworthy in
the former's dog-cart, as he was asked to do. Instead of either of these
safe and normal Sabbath amusements, he hurried away from his untasted
lunch at the training-table (making Bender's blood run cold by showing
that he was "off his feed"), spent an hour in dressing, and then went in
to Boston.

That afternoon as Holworthy and Jack Rattleton were driving through a
suburb of Boston, they saw walking ahead of them a big, familiar form,
towering beside another form of very different proportions. Rattleton
laid the whip over his horse and went by the couple at a pace that
precluded any sign of recognition. Holworthy was as much surprised as
pleased at this thoughtful act on Rattleton's part; and concluded that
he must in some way have guessed that things were serious with Rivers,
and no subject for teasing. Nor did Jack say a word about the pair of
pedestrians, or hint that he had recognized Rivers, which reticence
confirmed Holworthy's conclusion. On this drive Rattleton did not talk a
great deal about anything. He had been quite despondent lately and
unlike himself, probably on account of the uncertainty of his
Commencement, though the dreaded end of Senior year was still a good way
off by Jack's ordinary computation. On two evenings within that past
week had he been found in his room, "grinding" for that degree, when the
examinations were still two months away.

It was dark when they got back to Cambridge, and went up to Holworthy's
room to sit until dinner-time. There was a dark mass on the couch, and
when they lit the gas they saw Rivers. The young giant was lying on his
chest, his great arms over his head and his face in the cushions.

"The old boy is over-trained and tired," whispered Rattleton. "I had
better clear out and not waken him," and he left the room.

Had Jack recognized Rivers that afternoon or not? wondered Holworthy. He
hoped not. He turned the light out again, not knowing exactly why. Then,
after a moment's hesitation, he went up and laid his hand gently on the
shoulder of his prostrate room-mate. Let us not turn the gas up again on
those two. We will go down-stairs instead with Jack Rattleton.

As he closed the door gently after him Jack gave a little low whistle.
Then he went slowly down-stairs and into the Yard, followed by the dog,
Blathers. "Come along, pup," he said to his constant companion; "let's
go take a walk." He walked a long way and came back to his club table
rather late for dinner.

Holworthy was late, too. As they were smoking with their coffee, the
other men having gone, Rattleton asked if Rivers was not getting "stale"
from his training.

"I think so, decidedly," answered Hollis. "I have spoken to Bender about
it, but he is such a conservative old martinet that he won't break any
of the canons of training until he is satisfied that a man is going into
a rapid decline. I know a cigar once in a while would do Charlie more
good than harm, but I can't make the conscientious beggar steal a smoke
without permission from his tyrant. He is blue as indigo."

"Is he troubled about money matters?" asked Rattleton, hesitatingly
coming now to what he wanted to find out. "Didn't his father leave him
rather hard up? Excuse my asking, but I thought we might help him to
find something to do, don't you know."

"That is a great deal of the matter with him," answered Holworthy, glad
to see the tack on which Jack was steering. "You needn't apologize for
asking about it. I wish to thunder we could find him a job. He is
worrying all the time about what he is going to do after leaving

That night Rattleton wrote a letter to his father, who was president of
a big corporation.

From this time on Rivers seemed to brace up in his mental, and
consequently in his physical condition. This apparent improvement,
however, did not deceive Holworthy, who saw that it was, in a way,
unhealthy. Rivers had kept at his rowing and training patiently and
doggedly before; but he now threw himself into it heart and soul as a
distraction. He dreamed of the coming race night and day. He tried his
best to seem cheerful and encourage the other men, and his plucky
efforts succeeded very well. Bender was delighted, declared there was
nothing like faithful training to keep a man in proper shape, body and
mind, unless he was fool enough to fall in love, and concluded that he
had suspected Rivers unjustly on that score.

The latter showed every now and then to his chum the intensity, almost
fierceness, that lay under this apparently happy enthusiasm. One day he
said that he must make a success of at least one thing before leaving
college, and if that race were lost he should feel as though he were
going to fail in everything he undertook all through life. Then Mentor
Holworthy opened on him with all his batteries. He told him that he
ought to be ashamed to make such a mere sport the test of his life; he
descanted hotly on the subject of the athletic fever, and laughed
scornfully at the fancied importance of such intercollegiate contests.

"I suppose," said he, "that Hancock and Adams and Emerson and Longfellow
and all the rest of them will sleep more peacefully in their graves if
we beat Yale, and if we get thrashed no doubt old Dr. Holmes will be
sorry he ever came to Cambridge, and will at once go down to New Haven
to take his entrance examination for the Freshman class there. Haven't
you grown up yet, that you look on these things as a school boy? These
overwrought struggles can do good in just one way, and you seem ready
now to throw away even that advantage. Every time a thoroughbred gets
licked it does him good. You have seen the men on our different teams
get up after a thrashing and go at it as hard as ever the next year; you
have yourself gone through a splendid school of defeat and
disappointment, yet now you talk about lying down for all your lifetime
if you lose a boat-race. It is true you cannot row against Yale again,
but there is a bigger victory than that to be won. Have you for the
first time lost all your heart after a failure? You of all men should
not need to be told that a prize is never lost until won. At any rate
lay up in reserve for yourself the consolation of having done your best.
Charley, Charley, if you throw up the sponge after one knockdown, you
are not the man I have always thought you."

Rivers listened to all this, with head bent. When Hollis stopped he
raised his face again and said: "I know what you mean, old man, and you
are right. I won't lie down like a cur. I'll pull it through to the
finish, anyway. But in the meantime I must do like a man whatever I have
taken up."

"Now you are talking like your old self," answered Hollis, "but don't
forget that doing your duty like a gentleman is not confined to rowing a

After this broadside Rivers went on with his rowing in a better spirit
than he had shown during that year. Before long he was immensely cheered
up also by the promise of a position with a good salary and chance of
advancement, that was to be ready for him right after the boat-race.
Jack Rattleton, through his father, had succeeded in getting this for
him. His absorbing devotion to his rowing fortunately did not prevent
him from getting his degree but he lost a _cum laude_ and had to "take
his A.B. straight," as Burleigh said, "without any green leaves or
nutmeg in it."

There was another piece of parchment made out for Commencement Day, that
was a surprise to every one. It was marked Johannes Rattleton.


Class Day and Commencement were over, and every one was now bound for
New London to attend the post-Commencement carnival that, for the
undergraduate at least, really winds up the college year. The crew had
gone down to their quarters at Gale's Ferry two weeks before; there had
been no Class Day for them. The faithful flocked to the Thames' mouth in
squads and divisions, and by all sorts of methods, some in big yachts,
some in cat-boats, others on coaches, but most by train at special
rates, for the undergraduate is usually not rolling in wealth,
particularly at the end of June. The fresh graduate who has just paid
his Commencement bills is still less apt to do any coaching or yachting
except by invitation.

Dick Stoughton however had a small sloop, and he and his friends had
decided that the cruise would not "break" them, and at any rate that
they would make it whether it broke them or not. It would be cheaper to
live aboard, they argued very plausibly, than to get swindled by New
London hotel-keepers. They would refrain from betting on the race; then
if Yale won they would be no worse off financially, and if the Crimson
went to the front they would not spend twice their winnings on the spot,
as they would be sure to do if they bet. This was a highly praiseworthy
resolution, and of course the most sensible way of looking at the folly
of betting. Burleigh said it was easy enough to look at anything
sensibly. They would go, then, on Dick's sloop, and they would not bet a
cent. They went on the sloop. The party was made up of Stoughton,
Hudson, Randolph, Burleigh, and Gray. Holworthy did not go; he had taken
a room in New London at the Pequot House, and went there immediately
after Class Day, as he wanted to see all he could of Rivers at the
quarters. Strange to say, Jack Rattleton also refused all persuasion to
join his friends on the cruise. In vain did Ned Burleigh, with tears in
his eyes, assure him that it would be the last and most beautiful "toot"
of his college course. Jack advanced several good but utterly
insufficient and unnatural reasons for "shaking the gang." Ned exhorted
him more in sorrow than in anger.

"What has got into you lately?" he asked anxiously. "That sheepskin
seems to have ruined you. I actually believe you have reformed, or have
caught a premature aim in life, or some such fatal disease. You were a
great deal better fellow when you were Lazy Jack and didn't amount to a
row of pins; John Rattleton, Esq., A.B., is a bore. You strained
yourself badly for those letters, and are run down in consequence. Hang
it all, Jack, come along, it will do you good."

But Rattleton did not go along. He hung around Cambridge until the day
before the race, and then joined Hollis at the Pequot House. Capt.
Stoughton's craft had arrived safely, notwithstanding her crew, and was
anchored in the river with the rest of the fleet in front of the hotel,
when Rattleton got there.

The night before the boat-race at New London is one that bears
recollection better than description. The Pequot House is usually the
centre of ceremonies. Crowds of men are down from Cambridge, and there
are a few of the advance-guard from New Haven, although most of the Yale
men come next morning. Lectures and examinations are behind them, the
long vacation is ahead; it is the last spree of the year, the last
gathering of the four years for the Seniors,--and full justice is
usually done the occasion. Many a grad., too, runs away from his office
to the Connecticut town, or comes ashore there from his yacht, to renew
his youth on the eve of battle and to shout at the struggle on the

Of course on that evening the party from Stoughton's boat were ashore,
and in the thick of it. Ned Burleigh was master of ceremonies, and
organized a band of "cheerful workers." Holworthy, however, kept out of
it. He was thinking of eight men up the river, five or six miles away
from all this roystering, and of one big man in particular, whose whole
soul, like his muscles, was strung up for the next day. He wondered
whether Rivers was getting any sleep, and the anxiety about his best
friend left him little heart to rollick with the others. He was
surprised to find Rattleton in much the same mood, for notwithstanding
the recent change in that young gentleman, it seemed hardly possible
that Jack could sulk in his tent at such a time as this. The two, with
the dog Blathers, walked out together on the piazza.

As they turned a corner of the veranda they saw sitting in the light of
a window two feminine figures, one of which Holworthy at once

"By Jove!" he thought to himself; "has she come down to see that man
kill himself, or does she really want to see him win?" Then he growled
to Rattleton, "This is a nice place for a girl on this evening, isn't

Rattleton had stopped short. "Look here," he said, "you go warn those
Comanches, and keep them in bounds. I am going to talk to her."

"Why, do you know her?" queried Hollis a little surprised.

"Oh, yes,--slightly,--well enough to speak to. You go along."

Holworthy went to the back of the hotel, and Jack towards the two

"Why, how do you do, Mr. Rattleton," said the younger one, as he came up
and bowed. "Let me present you to my aunt, Mrs. West."

"Are you staying in the hotel?" asked Jack after the opening
salutations. Just at this moment he heard, from the direction of the
billiard-room, the silvery voice of Mr. Edward Burleigh, leading the
cheerful workers in the strains of a hymn. He was greatly relieved when
Mrs. West answered, "No, we are staying in one of the cottages, and came
over here only for dinner. Ethel, my dear, I think we had better go back
now. You will walk over with us, Mr. Rattleton, will you not?"

"With pleasure," answered Rattleton, truthfully. "Do you mind my dog?"
On the contrary, they thought Blathers a lovely dog, and all four went
over to a quiet cottage at a little distance from the hotel. The veranda
looked out over the beautiful river and was most inviting. It was
apparently not so, however, to Mrs. West; for as she went up the steps,
she said: "I feel a little chilly, and am going in doors, Ethel. You may
stay out here for a little while, if you like." Ethel did like and went
over to a pair of chairs. As she passed through the light of an open
door, Jack caught sight of a bit of blue ribbon pinned on her dress. He
sat down opposite her, and opened the conversation, by remarking, "You
are on the other side of the fence, I see."

"Oh, yes," she answered. "Don't you know that I have a cousin on the
Yale crew? I am very proud of him."

"Oh, have you?" said Jack, with an inward groan. "I didn't know it.
Well, I never was a really clever, polite liar, but I am not such a
transparent one as to say that I hope he will win."

A little rippling laugh followed this confession. "No, you had better
not strain the truth to that extent. I will forgive you for sticking to
your colors and for being so frank about it."

"It is not only because I am a Harvard man that I want to see our crew
win," Jack went on with a sort of gulp, "it is also because the most
splendid man I ever knew, and one of my best friends, is in the boat. He
has been through an awful mill, and deserves to win if ever a man did."

"Indeed?" came the question, perfectly uninterestedly. "And who is

"A man named Rivers. Do you happen to know him?" Rattleton tried to see
in the moonlight whether or not there was any more color in her cheek;
but he couldn't. Besides, he had enough to do in looking after his own
face. He felt cold all over.

"Oh, yes, I know him quite well," she answered, quite carelessly. "Nice

"He is more than that, he is a hero," declared Jack. "You can hardly
form any idea of what that chap has been through this year, and the way
he has borne it all is splendid. He has had all sorts of troubles; his
governor died; he was blue about his exchequer; and last, and worst of
all,"--Jack was glad the moonlight was kind to him also, but looked at
his boots, nevertheless,--"I am perfectly certain that he fell in love
with some girl and got a facer."

"A what?" exclaimed his listener.

"I beg your pardon--a staggering blow in the face, metaphorical, of
course. I have got so in the habit of using slang, that I fear I am not
fit to talk to a lady. I beg you will forgive me for bringing such
prize-ring language to your ears."

"It is very expressive, at least," she said. "And did Mr. Rivers tell
you that he had received a facer?"

"No, no, no," protested Jack, "of course not. I don't _know_ it, I only
suspected it from his actions and condition. I don't even know, of
course, who the girl is. But whoever she may be, she is making a big
mistake. She is throwing away the most magnificent fellow in the world.
If she does not amount to anything," he went on slowly, "I am glad she
doesn't take him, for Charley ought not to be wasted on her. But if she
is the most beautiful, gentle, sweet woman who ever lived, then, by
Jove, such a pair ought to be married. And I am sure she must be just
that, or else, you know, Rivers would not have fallen in love with her.
Don't you think so?"

Rattleton's hair was rigid at his boldness and impertinence, but his
hair had nothing to do with his speaking apparatus. His heart was taking
charge of that, moving it very slowly and just a little hoarsely.

"Why, what devout hero worship!" said the girl with a smile. "No, I
don't think anything of the kind. He might have fallen in love with some
one entirely unworthy of him, or, what is more, who did not care for
him. No matter how perfect she might be, you would not have her marry if
she did not love him, would you?"

"No--o," assented Jack, reluctantly, "but she ought to love him."

"He must, indeed, be all that you paint him, then," she laughed, "but
love does not necessarily take to paragons, you know. Why do you admire
him so very much?"

"Because I have known him like a brother for four years," answered Jack,
earnestly. "Oh, if you knew him as well as I do, you would----you
wouldn't think I was exaggerating."

"What made you think him so desperately in love?"

"Oh, I don't know. I think it is unmistakable," was Jack's weak reply.

"Only those can tell who have themselves been in that condition--they
say," came the laughing response.

Jack's finger-nails went into his palms. "No, no," he stammered, "no,--I
can tell. Oh, you ought to have seen him," he went on, desperately. "The
way he went to work at that rowing after it all, showed his sand. If
they lose to-morrow, I believe his plucky old heart will break right in

"And is his 'sand,' as you call it, restricted to rowing a boat-race?"

"No, I didn't mean to imply that. He will go on working to win that girl
in every way he can, I am sure. I only meant that his conduct about his
training, in such a hard time, shows what stuff he has in him."

"Do you think, then, that winning a boat-race is the best way to win a
wife? Might not Mr. Rivers find some higher field for his qualities? Is
it not a little childish to make an athletic contest the aim of a man's
life? Do you think the only pluck worth admiring is that which goes with

Jack had heard endless discussions on this subject, and was ready for
these questions, "No," he said in answer to the last one, "I don't think
anything of the kind. Please don't imagine that at Harvard we are
nothing but gladiator worshippers. We admire a plucky athlete, it is
true, but not because he is strong or successful, only because of his
grit and self-denial. Of course we want him to put the Crimson ahead,
but we like him none the less if he fails, provided he has done his best
and done it like a gentleman. We admire the same qualities just as much
when we see them in any other field than that of athletics, but I
suppose we don't recognize them so easily. But in that our little world
is not so different from the big one. Now I am going to ask you some
questions. Has any man during the last seventy years been elected
President of these United States for his greatness, unless he was a
soldier? Has not the general been preferred time and again to the
statesman? Has not the warrior always been dear to the heart of the
people, while other men, who have hammered away all their lives with
longer-winded pluck and perseverance, must content themselves with
secondary honor? The reason of this must be that when a man does his
duty on the battle-field, his merit is more patent to the people than in
the harder and less showy struggle of civil life. Are we youngsters,
then, so very much younger than the old and wise ones who criticise us?
Why, you yourself just now said that you were proud of your cousin
because he was on the Yale crew."

"Oh, no, I didn't say that," laughed the girl; "I only said that he was
on the Yale crew and I was very proud of him. Why, Mr. Rattleton, what a
sharp pleader you are! I had no idea that your talents lay in that

"By Jove! neither had I," exclaimed the ingenuous Jack, really wondering
and somewhat abashed at his unaccustomed volubility. "I am only trying,
you know, to repeat what I have heard other fellows say," he confessed,
apologetically. "I suppose I have got it all mixed up and am talking
like a fool, but please make allowances for me, because I am one, you

"No you are not at all," she said slowly, to Jack's great relief. "But
don't you think that you rather belittle yourself and your fellows by
being too humble, and comparing yourselves with people who have not had
your advantages? Ought not educated men, men of the same school that has
produced our greatest thinkers and workers, ought they not to discern
between the showy and the solid? Should the manliness of the athlete be
any more patent to them than the higher courage of the student?"

"I suppose not," admitted Jack, resignedly. "That is just what Holworthy
always says. I tell him he is a prig, but of course he is right, and so
are you. But nevertheless, childish or not, I cannot help admiring such
a man as Charlie Rivers for the qualities he has shown. He has been so
strong and patient and loyal,--oh! such a _man_. No, even if it is all
wasted as you say, you can never convince me that I ought not to love
him for it."

There was silence for a moment, and then came the admission very softly.
"No, I don't think I can." Jack's finger-nails went into his palms

A moment later she arose and said: "Really I ought not to keep my aunt
up any longer. I must say good-night, Mr. Rattleton."

Jack jumped to his feet. "I beg your pardon for staying so late," he
said. "The time has gone fast. And--er--by-the-way," he continued, a
little awkwardly. "I have done wrong in talking so much about Rivers'
trouble. Of course, I really know nothing about it, and it is none of my
affair, you know, anyway. Please don't think that I am in the habit of
gossiping about other men in this way. I got rather carried away
to-night, I am afraid. I beg you won't say anything about it to any

"I never make conversation out of such things, Mr. Rattleton," she
answered. "You may depend that I shall not repeat it to a soul. And now

She looked into his eyes with a radiant smile, and held out her hand.
Jack took it as if he were afraid of breaking the little thing, and then
dropped it quickly. "Good-night," he said, shortly, and went down the
steps and over the lawn, followed by Mr. Blathers.

She stood for a moment and watched him putting great stretches of
moonlit grass behind his long thin legs, the little dark figure trotting
beside him. Then she went in, threw her arms around her aunt's neck, and
kissed her.

"Has Mr. Rattleton gone?" asked Mrs. West. "He seems like a nice

"Yes, and he is one. When I first met him, I thought him easy enough to
understand, and like every other boy; but I can't quite make him out
now. At any rate he is a species new to me and an interesting one"; and
she ran up-stairs to her room, singing.

Jack Rattleton strode along the river bank and out to the end of the
Pequot pier. He stood there for a minute, looking over the river and
Sound, then sat down on a bench. That enchantress, the moon, was aided
in her fairy work by the riding lights of the dark fleet of yachts at
anchor, and by the colored sailing lights of the becalmed late comers
drifting in from the Sound. But the lights only hurt his eyes. He had
sat there some time when he heard his name spoken.

"Beautiful, isn't it," said Holworthy, behind him.

"Got a weed?" asked Jack.


"Give it to me." He bit off the end of the cigar nervously, and lit it
with thick puffs. "Gad!" he muttered, "I'm glad I'm not training for the
crew. How did he ever stand it! But Charlie Rivers is a very different
breed of cats from me."

Holworthy looked on a moment in silence, and tried to pull an idea out
of his moustache.

"What is the matter with you, Jack?" he asked, gently.

"Nothing--only that I am such a poor sort of a thing. No ambition, no
backbone, no sand. Just a worthless, dissipated loafer. Let's go lush up
with the rest of the crowd,--that is all I'm good for."

"Don't talk like a fool," replied Hollis, by way of comfort.

"A disgrace to the University. Haven't you always told me the same
thing?" asked Jack, with a ghastly grin.

"That is no reason why you should think so yourself and get so blue
about it. I never thought you would ever take it to heart so. You know I
never meant half that I said. I used to lay it on thick in hopes that a
little would soak in."

"I wish it had all soaked in long ago," answered Jack, ruefully. "Don't
take any of it back, old man; you haven't soured me. Come along, let's
go back to the old gang. You are all a very bad lot and don't properly
appreciate my faults; even you, you old prig. Come along, Blathers."

He tucked his arm through Holworthy's and they went back to the hotel,
Hollis musing much.

Meanwhile, in the billiard-room the good work was going on to Ned
Burleigh's deepest gratification. He himself, mounted on the pool-table,
was beating time with a broken cue for a choir of sweet singers. They
had cheered each member of the crew and the coxswain, declaring in the
time-honored measures that each was a jolly good fellow, and intimating
the mendacity of any one who might deny the fact. Grateful for his
degree, and being in a broad and liberal frame of mind, Burleigh had
also proposed each member of the Faculty of Harvard College for similar
honors, prefacing each nomination with a few well-chosen remarks.

"And now, dearly beloved brethren," said he, "omitting the next
fifty-three stanzas, let us all unite in singing the one hundred and
forty-fifth; and as I look upon your happy, up-turned faces, I cannot
help being touched by the spirit of those beautiful lines. All sing!"

The earnest chorus roared, with cheerful zeal, the one hundred and
forty-fifth verse, as exhorted.

"What ho!" shouted the Lord of Misrule, "What is yon tall form i' the
doorway. Is it the melancholy Jacques, forsooth? Or is it our long-lost
wandering Brother Rattleton returning to the fold? Pull off his coat,
somebody, and look for strawberry-marks. Joy, joy, mark his old time
smile! Throw him up here. Once more now, all sing, 'For he's a jolly
good fellow!'"


The day was beautiful and the water perfect, a most unusual combination
for the 'Varsity race day. All the steam yachts had gone up the river,
and most of the others towed up also and anchored along the course near
the finish. It would be waste of time to try to describe the picture of
the great annual event of oardom, a picture that is done every year in
the sumptuous paints of the press, with the sky and the river and the
yachts and the crowds, and above all the two colors everywhere. It is
painted every year, but no one can appreciate it who has not seen the
original. It is not for this spectacle, however, that all these
tremendous crowds gather; it is to see two long thin yellow streaks,
each surmounted by nine bodies, eight of which swing back and forth in a
most monotonous, uninteresting manner. That is all that the race looks
like to most of the spectators--then why do they go to see it? Because
they know that those sixteen men are going through about the hardest
physical strain that men can bear. To the layman there is in tennis and
base-ball four times the skill and pretty playing that there is in
foot-ball, and in rowing there is none at all. Yet a tennis match
excites the least interest of all college sports, base-ball comes next
in the rising scale, and both of these combined do not rouse a quarter
of the enthusiasm provoked by a foot-ball game. But at the head and
front of all athletic contests is rowing--because it hurts the most.
Foot-ball, it is true, requires a dashing courage and disregard of
breaks and bruises (though "dashing courage" and all that sort of thing
never occurs to the struggling youngsters), but there is always the
great relief of frequent short rests during the game; in a four-mile
boat-race there is no let-up. The half-back makes his rush and plunge,
is slammed on the hard ground and buried under hard muscle, is picked
up, rubbed a little, and with the cheers of the crowd in his ears again
goes at the line, head first, as hard as ever. But for the oarsman there
is only the incessant pull, pull, pull, with the bees in his brain and
the growing hole in his stomach, the aching legs and leaden arms, and
before him, growing dimmer and dimmer, the bare back that will never
stop rising and falling, and that he must follow, it seems, to death.
Oh! it does hurt, and that is why the great crowd goes to see it and
goes wild. Yes, fair and gentle one, that is just why even you go to the
Thames as your predecessor went to the Colosseum. There is this vast
difference, however, between you and Octavia--the Roman Vestal looked at
hired gladiators, and prisoners who were forced to hurt each other,
whereas you go to see Tom, and Jack, and dear Mary's brother Mr. Brown,
hurt themselves; and, God bless you, I hope you always will. So long as
you do, this republic will never fail from the effeminacy of its young

The "gang" had got seats in the same car on the observation-train and
were waiting for it to start.

"What were you doing with that Yale man just now?" Hudson demanded of
Randolph, as the latter joined the group on the platform.

"That was an old schoolmate of mine," answered Randolph, evasively.

"Oh, yes; and I suppose you were talking over your happy childhood days,
with a bunch of bills in your fist. Fie! Johnny, you have been betting."

"You needn't put on airs. You were the first backslider of the lot,"
answered Randolph.

"I haven't put up a cent," protested Hudson.

"No, because you met a man who knew you and bet on tick. I heard you."

"A man who _didn't_ know him, you mean," corrected Burleigh. "You are
all a set of weak, reprehensible young men. I am ashamed of you. I
depend upon you, at least, Hollis, my son, not to indulge in this wicked
vice of betting."

"Yes," laughed Holworthy, "there must be some one left to float you
home, if we lose."

"Now you mention it," Ned suggested, "perhaps you had better lend me an
X now, in case we should get separated after the race. I want to prevent
the spread of this athletic fever and the evils that follow in its
train. I am afraid my governor may become too enthusiastic. If I go home
to him again C. O. D. he will begin to take a real interest in seeing
Harvard win, and I fear even a pecuniary one."

"This betting is indeed a deplorable evil," said Stoughton, solemnly,
"in off years. Listen to me, my children. Two years ago I, even I, who
now stand before you, was a reckless, ungodly Sophomore. I went----"

Just then the whistle blew, and Stoughton jumped for the car to get a
front seat before the rest of the crowd. The long observation-train, a
peculiar feature of the New London race, moved slowly out from the
station on its way to the starting-point, four miles up the river. Then
the cheering began, one car taking it up after another, the sharp quick
cheers of the Yale men mingling with the slower full-mouthed
three-times-three of Harvard. Every one is always in great spirits
before the race begins,--it is different afterwards. They chaffed each
other, and shouted, and laughed, and the enthusiastic choruses of
"Here's to good old Yale, drink her down," were answered with the
stirring, swelling cadences of "Fair Harvard."

When they got to the starting-point, of course the crews were not yet
there. Across the river, however, at Red Top, the H. U. B. C. quarters,
tall forms were seen entering the boat-house.

"Oh, how I wish I were like those chaps," sighed little Gray, who was
already beginning to tremble with excitement. "What wouldn't I give to
be able to pull an oar to-day."

"I have thought of it myself," said Burleigh; "but they wouldn't build
the boat to suit my figure."

"The only thing I could do for the glory of Harvard was to try for
coxswain," went on Gray, ruefully, "and they wouldn't have me."

"Was that the best you could do for Alma Mater?" said Holworthy. "What a
pity you couldn't succeed in putting such laurels on her brow!"

"There, Gray, take that," chuckled Stoughton; "that is the time Pegasus
fell down and got his neck stepped on."

"Aren't you ashamed of yourself, you hot-headed little poet," put in
Hudson, gravely. "How can you speak so thoughtlessly, even when sitting
right beside Holworthy, the Superb? Can you, a member of the Oldest and
Greatest take such a childish interest in a paltry boat-race?"

"You are forgetting all about the atmosphere, and the traditions, and
all that sort of game," added Randolph. "What difference does it make to
us whether we win or lose? Remember the true glories and blessings of
our ancient University."

"For instance," drawled Rattleton, "whether we want to celebrate or
console ourselves, we have all the royal crimson juices with which to do
it, whereas those poor Elis can't find a blue drink to save their

"Jove! I never thought of that. Glad I didn't go to Yale, aren't you,
Gray?" exclaimed Stoughton.

"I don't believe the color of their booze troubles them much, as long as
we pay for it," reasoned Burleigh. "Still, that is the proper spirit and
the right way to look at these comparative collegiate advantages. Isn't
it, Gray?"

"If you chaps think you can get a rise out of me," answered Gray to all
this, "you are mistaken; but for your own sakes you had better not try
to be so funny in public. As for you, Hol, there is no use at all in
your trying to play the lofty indifferent. You are as much excited as
any man; you look as if you were going to row the whole thing yourself.
I have been watching you biting your knuckles and clenching your fist
and staring over at----"

He was interrupted by a great shout, and everybody jumped to his feet.
Out of the boat-house opposite, came the long shell borne by the Crimson
eight. As they put it in the water another shout went up, and a volley
of cheers, for at that moment the Yale crew shot round the point from
Gale's Ferry, with a beautiful snap and dash, and "let her run" in front
of the train. They were not kept waiting long for the Cambridge men got
quickly into their boat and came swinging across, showing but one
crimson back until they turned. There was perfect precision and splendid
power in their sweep. There were five men in the boat who had never
pulled an oar in the four-mile race, but they were all good ones. Four
had rowed on their class crews; the fifth, though a Freshman, had taken
hold wonderfully, had a magnificent physique, and had come up with a
good reputation from St. Paul's. And there was Dane Austin, L.S., at
stroke, the hero of four 'Varsity races, and behind him at 7, old Billy
Bender, the iron captain who, with all luck against him, had made a
winning crew before, and certainly must have done so this year with such
material. These two could surely "hit up" the stroke indefinitely, and
in the middle of the boat towered Charlie Rivers, looking as if he could
do all his own share and that of the three men behind him, if need might

Now both crews backed up to the starting boats, and off came the
jerseys. They were right opposite the car. "Attention!" "Ready!" Rivers
leaned forward and buried his blade alongside of Yale for his last
chance. He had never won. Holworthy, bent almost double, gripping his
chin in his hand, watched that statue. He could see no expression
whatever in the sunburned profile and the motionless eye fixed on the
neck before it. He wondered,--"Row!" He saw the oar bend so that his
heart stopped for a moment in the fear that the spruce would break. A
mingled roar that sounded like "YAYAVARD!" then silence so that he could
hear the clear, cool tones of Varnum, the coxswain. He saw the mighty
shoulders heave back, and swing forward again in one motion, the arms
rigid as steel pistons. Again, with not a movement of the arms. "Row!" A
third time, and this time the great muscle leaped up and the arm was
bent until the oar butt touched the chest, then shot out again like a
flash, "Row! That's good; steady, now hold it." The roar burst out
again, and this time it sounded clear enough. HAR--AR--VARD! Holworthy
took his eyes from his chum and looked at the whole picture. The little
red coxswain was even with No. 3 in the Yale boat! It had been a perfect
racing start; those three tremendous lightning strokes had shot the
Harvard eight nearly half a length ahead of their rivals. There was no
question as to which were the stronger men, but strength is the least
thing of all that wins a boat-race. After this first leap the Yale crew
hung right where it was, and would not fall clear of the Crimson oars.
At the mile flag Harvard had not increased her lead perceptibly.

"That's all right; they'll spurt in a minute," shouted Randolph. So they
did and gained a little, at least so it seemed to the Crimson wearers.

The shells were far out in the stream now, and how slowly those two
centipedes were crawling! The two eights, that had dashed away from the
starting-point (which is close to the bank), now seem to swing back and
forth with aggravating deliberation.

"There! There! now Yale's coming up!" "Not much, sir, look at that!"
Since the start that was the best struggle so far,--just before the
Navy-yard, and there was no question that this time Harvard had gained.
At the end of two miles she had a good length.

Again the Yale men spurt; gaining? no, but holding,--yes
gaining,--there! Of course the train has gone behind the island just at
the most exciting point. Everybody leans back and tries to take a long
breath. For a minute nothing is heard but the chug, chug, chug of the
train. Hark! the front cars are out, listen! But that spontaneous
indefinite yell may come from the lungs of either, or both sides. "Yale!
_Yale!_ YALE!" the two crews are even! Bow and bow to the two and a half
mile flag, and the stroke is high now. But high as it is Dane Austin is
sending it higher, for Bender behind him knows the vital importance of
leading at the three-mile flag, and has probably grunted "hit her up."
Slowly the Harvard shell pokes ahead, a yard, two, a quarter of a
length, "Harvard! Harvard! Harvard!" The Crimson coxswain shows in the
middle of the Yale crew. "Can they hold it?" "Yale is spurting like fury
too." "No, the red coxswain is dropping back." "They are even again."
"No, by Jove! Yale is ahead!" "YA-A-L-E!" Two miles and three quarters
and Yale is ahead for the first time. Another desperate spurt and the
Harvard bow comes up even again, but holds there less than a minute, and
another beautiful effort of the Yale crew sends their boat farther ahead
than before. The Cambridge men are not rowing as they were; they are
ragged; can they be weakening? There is a break somewhere; seems to be
in the middle. The Blue coxswain is going ahead fast now. Yes, there is
a decided break right in the middle of the Harvard crew. "Hullo! no
wonder! somebody is gone!" "What?" "No! Oh, d---- it all, no, not No.
4?" "Man alive, you don't know who No. 4 is." "Can't be!" "Yes, but it
is though." "Rivers, by----Charlie Rivers!"

It was. Swaying irregularly, he was throwing himself back and forward
all out of time.

"He is a passenger!" exclaimed a Yale man in the car. "It has been a
fine race, but it will be a procession now. Those big men are no use in
a boat."

"Hold on, my friend, look at that! If he _is_ a passenger he is working
his passage pretty hard still."

He did seem to gather himself for a moment, probably in response to a
yell from the coxswain, and for a second the glimpse of open water
between the boats was shut out by a Harvard spurt. It was no use. Yale
drew away again faster than ever. Rivers was growing worse and worse.
His head was loosening, but not falling yet; it was _snapping_ back at
the end of each stroke, a fault that showed he was still pulling hard,
though all out of form and time.

Hollis Holworthy had not moved from his first position since the
beginning of the race. He had taken no part in, and paid no attention to
the exclamations, shouts, and cheers around him. He had grown paler,
that was all. Only now he muttered to himself, "He is too old an oar to
pull himself out in the first two miles."

Jack Rattleton sat beside him. "He is doing it deliberately, Hol," he
said softly, with a quivering lip.

"I don't believe it, Jack. You do him injustice. He has more grit and
patience than that, and if he had not, he would not sacrifice the rest
of the crew and the Crimson to his own madness. No, I can't make it out,
but I don't believe that."

At the three and a quarter mile flag the New Haven men had a fast
increasing stretch of clear water behind them and were going easily. How
prettily they did row! A winning crew with a safe lead always does.

And now began that most pathetic spectacle, the finish of a beaten
eight-oared crew. Yet there was not one of their friends looking on who
would not have given anything to have been pulling with them then. Where
was that faultless form, that clock-like time, that glorious sweep, that
at the start had raised an exultant shout from every breast that bore
the Crimson? Much of the mighty strength was still there, but pitifully
divided against itself, and therefore fast waning. The new men were,
every one of them, "rowing out of the boat," that is to say, swinging in
a circular motion around the ends of their oars, in their desperate
efforts to pull their hardest. The temptation to do this is generally
irresistible to a green man when behind. It seems to him as if he can
pull harder in this way, and indeed it looks so to the unknowing
observer. Time and form are thrown overboard in the wild struggle to row
his heart out. Only the two old veterans at 7 and 8 were still swinging
over the keel, not a hair's breadth to starboard or port, coming forward
steadily and back with a simultaneous heave; their backs straight, their
chins in, two parallel unbroken lines from hip to crown; their oars
taking the water cleanly and together, pulled clear through, and
flashing back at once with a perfect feather. So evenly and smoothly did
they row that, to the untaught eye on the distant train, they might have
seemed to be shirking; but to those on the yacht decks along the course,
the spread nostrils, clenched jaws, and swollen veins told a very
different story. An old Yale stroke, when his hat came down on deck
again after the Yale crew had passed, let it lie where it fell as he
gazed at the struggling tail-enders, and exclaimed, "Look at those two
men in the stern. By gracious, isn't that grand!" And Rivers, the third
of the old guard, Rivers, who had been relied upon to brace the waist of
the boat, who had before rowed that terrible fourth mile in a losing
race and rowed it well; how was he finishing? Not an ounce of strength
in his blade. He was still throwing his body to and fro with the others
or nearly so, his head falling forward and back as he did so, and his
oar moved; but that was all. He was now being carried over the line by
the crew he had ruined. He alone was doing nothing; the others, though
ragged, were still pulling desperately, using up the very last of their
failing strength.

Through the buzzing in their ears they can faintly hear the guns, the
whistles, and the roar of the crowd. Not for them, not for them. What
difference does that make? They may win, or at any rate they can lose
like men. They may win, they may win. "Let her run."

Over the water from all sides come the cheers and shouts of "Yale, Yale,
Yale." Leave them, reader, if you so choose, they are beaten men; go and
rejoice with the victors who have rowed a splendid race and well deserve
your congratulations. I always take a certain morbid interest myself in
the nine heartbroken men who are quietly carried away in their launch as
soon as possible after a race.

All over and lost in twenty minutes, the work and self-denial of seven
months! The big Freshman has dropped his head on his knees and is
sobbing like a baby; of course it must be all his fault. Bill Bender is
still grimly gripping his oar and looking straight before him; that back
is bent now, but the jaw is still set, the eyes flashing, and through
his teeth he registers a vow to come back to the Law School and get at
'em again. Varnum, the coxswain, is as pale as the rest; he has rowed
every stroke of that race without the savage comfort of the physical
torture; he has seen what the others could not--the Blue coxswain going
farther and farther ahead, and he powerless to help his straining men.
They all hold on to something or clasp their knees tightly--to faint or
fall over would be a grand-stand play.

Nevertheless that was what Charles Rivers did. He swayed for a moment,
grasped blindly at the side of the shell, and fell back unconscious in
the lap of the man behind him. And then, for the first time, No. 3 saw
that the bottom of the boat was red with blood. _Rivers had broken his
sliding-seat before the two mile flag was reached, and had rowed the
last half of the race sliding back and forth on the sharp steel tracks
that cut into him at every stroke._[2]

[Footnote 2: There is no fiction about this. It was done by a Harvard

Before the observation-train had fairly stopped Holworthy leaped from it
and dashed for the river bank followed by Rattleton. As they passed one
of the cars they both recognized a girl with a blue flag. Holworthy said
something that Jack did not hear; the former did not notice that the
girl's face was deadly pale and the blue flag motionless in her hand,
but the latter did.

"There is no use in our following them," said Burleigh. "They won't be
allowed to talk to the crew even if they get out to the float." Therein
he was quite right; before the two could get a boat to go out to the
Harvard float at the finish, they saw the men helped out of the shell
and onto the University launch. They saw Rivers carried aboard. Then the
launch steamed quickly up the river, towing the empty shell.

"Hullo, there is my uncle's boat," exclaimed Rattleton, pointing to a
big schooner. "I am going aboard her. You go back to New London and get
a trap, and I'll meet you at the ferry."

Holworthy ran back towards the town. On the way he met the others, who
stopped him to hear what was up.

"I don't know," he replied. "He is completely gone. I am going up to the
quarters. You fellows mustn't come. They won't allow a crowd there."

"Where is Jack?"

"Gone aboard his uncle's yacht. Rather think he has gone to ask for an
invitation for Charlie. Hope so."

"Isn't there anything we can do?"

"Not a thing. Don't try to see him, please; you probably won't have a
chance to, anyway."

"You won't dine with us then?"

"Can't possibly."

"Well then, good-bye, old man. We'll all come back together next year
and see them win."

"Good-bye. Write to a fellow once in a while and let me know how you are
all getting on in the world."

"Good-bye." "Good-bye." "Good luck to you." "Thank heaven we have all
been at Harvard anyway." This last for the benefit of a knot of radiant
men who pushed by, with violets in their button-holes, and who looked
back and laughed good-naturedly.

So "the gang" separated, and so separate constantly, after this battle,
not knowing when they will ever meet again, men who have lived together
four years and have become the closest friends that live.

Half an hour later Holworthy and Rattleton in a buggy were on their way
to Red Top. All sorts of rumors had already spread about No. 4 in the
Harvard boat, and they were really relieved to find, on arriving at the
quarters, that Rivers was nowhere near death's door, not even
permanently injured. But the great, stalwart, glorious man was weak and
limp as an invalid girl. As soon as possible they got him away from the
gloomy group at the quarters, and took him aboard the cruiser of
Rattleton's uncle for perfect rest and sparkling blue water.

There they kept him prisoner for two weeks, though before he had fairly
got back his strength, he began chafing to get to work. When at last
they let him go, he buckled down to his desk, as he had to his oar, and
kept at it until, at the end of the summer, a short vacation was forced
on him.

       *       *       *       *       *

The following cablegram, received by "Herr Holz Holvordy," at St.
Moritz, explains itself:

     NEWPORT, Sept. 5.

     She is mine. Hurrah. Be my best man.


At the wedding every one remarked what a handsome couple they were, and
how well suited to each other. Holworthy of course was best man. The
ushers were Messrs. Bender, Burleigh, Gray, Hudson, Randolph, and
Stoughton. Jack Rattleton happened to be abroad at the time.




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