en-de  Mammon and the Archer by O. Henry Medium
Der alte Anthony Rockwall, Fabrikant im Ruhestand und Besitzer von Rockwall's Eureka Soap, schaute aus dem Fenster der Bibliothek seines Herrenhauses in der Fifth Avenue, und grinste. Sein Nachbar zur Rechten - das aristokratische Clubmitglied G. Van Schuylight Suffolk-Jones - kam aus dem Haus, ging zu seinem wartenden Auto und rümpfte wie üblich respektlos die Nase über die italienische Renaissance-Skulptur an der Vorderfront des Palastes des Seifenkönigs.

„Nichtsnutzige, eingebildete alte Statuette!“ kommentierte der ehemalige Seifenkönig. „Das Eden Musee wird sich die alte, erstarrte Nesselrode noch holen, wenn er nicht aufpasst. Ich werde dieses Haus im nächsten Sommer rot, weiß und blau anmalen lassen, und herausfinden, ob er dann seine holländische Nase noch etwas höher trägt".

Und dann ging Anthony Rockwall, der Klingeln nicht mochte, zur Tür seiner Bibliothek, und brüllte "Mike!" mit der gleichen Stimme, die früher Stücke vom Himmelgewölbe über der Prairie von Kansas hatte abplatzen lassen.

"Sag meinem Sohn," sagte Anthony dem herbeieilenden Dienstboten, "dass er hierher kommen soll, ehe er das Haus verlässt."

Als der junge Rockwall die Bibliothek betrat, legte der alte Mann seine Zeitung beiseite, sah ihn mit freundlicher Grimmigkeit auf seinem großen, glatten, rostigen Gesicht an, zerzauste seinen weißen Haarschopf mit einer Hand und rasselte mit der anderen mit den Schlüsseln in seiner Tasche.

"Richard," sagte Anthony Rockwall, "was zahlst du für die Seife, die du verwendest?"

Richard, der erst vor sechs Monaten von der Universität nach Hause zurückgekehrt war, war etwas verblüfft. Er konnte seinen Vater, der so voller Spontanität war, wie ein Mädchens auf ihrer ersten Party, bisher noch nicht einschätzen.

"Sechs Dollar im Dutzend, denke ich, Papa."

" Und deine Kleidung?"

"Ich vermute normalerweise um die sechzig Dollar."

" Du bist ein Gentleman", sagte Anthony bestimmt. "Ich habe von diesen jungen Blaublütigen gehört, die 24 Dollar im Dutzend für Seife ausgeben und weit mehr als 100 für Kleidung ausgeben. Du kannst soviel Geld ausgeben wie jeder von ihnen, und doch bleibst du bei dem, was anständig und bescheiden ist. Also ich verwende die alte Eureka - nicht nur aus Sentimentalität, sondern weil sie die reinste Seife ist, die es gibt. Wenn du mehr als 10 Cent für einen Block Seife bezahlst, kaufst du schlechtes Parfüm und die Markennamen. Aber 50 Cent sind sehr gut für einen jungen Mann deiner Generation, Position und Kondition. Wie gesagt, du bist ein Gentleman. Man sagt, es dauert drei Generationen, einen zu erzeugen. Da liegst du falsch. Mit Geld geht es so glatt wie Seifenfett. Es hat dich zu einem gemacht. Bei Gott! Es hat fast einen aus mir gemacht. Ich bin fast so unhöflich und unangenehm und ungehobelt wie diese beiden alten Knickerbockerherren auf jeder Seite von mir, die nicht schlafen können, weil ich zwischen ihnen gekauft habe."

"Es gibt einige Dinge, die sich mit Geld nicht erreichen lassen", bemerkte der junge Rockwall ziemlich düster.

"Nun, sag das nicht", sagte der alte Anthony geschockt. " Ich setze jedesmal mein Geld auf Geld. Ich bin die Enzyklopädie bis hinunter zum Y durchgegangen und habe nach etwas gesucht, was man nicht damit kaufen kann, und ich rechne damit, dass ich den Anhang nächste Woche lesen muss. Ich bin für Geld gegen alles andere. Nenn mir etwas, was man mit Geld nicht kaufen kann."

"Zum einen", antwortete Richard und schmunzelte ein wenig, "es wird keinen in die exklusiven Kreise der Gesellschaft bringen."

"Oho! Kann man nicht?" donnerte der Verfechter der Ursache des Bösen. "Du erklärst mir, wo deine exklusiven Kreise wären, wenn der erste Astor nicht das Geld gehabt hätte, um seine Zwischendecküberfahrt zu bezahlen?"

Richard seufzte.

"Und genau dazu bin ich gekommen", sagte der alte Mann weniger heftig. "Deshalb habe ich dich gebeten, herzukommen. Irgendetwas läuft schief mit dir, Junge. Ich habe es seit zwei Wochen bemerkt. Heraus damit. Ich schätze, ich könnte elf Millionen innerhalb von 24 Stunden, neben der Immobilie, in die Hände kriegen. Wenn es dir an den Kragen geht, es gibt den Rambler unten in der Bucht, mit Kohle und bereit, in zwei Tagen auf die Bahamas zu fahren."

"Keine schlechte Vermutung, Dad; du hast es nicht weit verfehlt."

"Ah", sagte Anthony begierig; "Wie heißt sie?"

Richard begann, auf dem Bibliotheksboden auf und ab zu gehen. Es gab genug Kameradschaft und Sympathie in diesem seinem ungehobelten alten Vater, um sein Vertrauen zu gewinnen.

"Warum fragst du sie nicht?" fragte der alte Anthony. "Sie wird auf dich fliegen. Du hast das Geld und das Aussehen, und du bist ein anständiger Junge. Deine Hände sind sauber. Du hast keine Eurekaseife daran. Du warst auf dem College, aber sie wird das übersehen."

"Ich hatte noch keine Chance", sagte Richard.

"Dann sorg für eine", sagte Anthony. "Nimm sie mit zu einem Spaziergang im Park, einer Spazierfahrt oder einem Spaziergang mit ihr von der Kirche nach Hause. Schicksal! Pah!"

"Du kennst die soziale Mühle nicht, Dad. Sie ist Teil des Stroms, der sie dreht. Jede Stunde und Minute ihrer Zeit ist für Tage im Voraus vereinbart. Ich muss dieses Mädchen haben, Dad, oder diese Stadt ist für immer ein Piratensumpf. Und ich kann es nicht schreiben - ich kann das nicht."

"Papperlapapp!" sagte der alte Mann. "Willst du mir sagen, dass du mit dem ganzen Geld, das ich habe, nicht für ein oder zwei Stunden die Zeit eines Mädchens für dich selbst bekommen kannst?"

"Ich habe es immer wieder verschoben. Sie wird übermorgen Mittag für zwei Jahre nach Europa segeln. Ich werde sie morgen Abend für ein paar Minuten allein sehen. Sie ist jetzt in Larchmont bei ihrer Tante. Ich kann nicht dorthin gehen. Aber ich darf sie morgen Abend am Grand Central Station am 8.30er Zug mit einem Taxi abholen. Wir fahren in einem Galopp den Broadway hinunter zu Wallack's , wo ihre Mutter und eine Boxparty auf uns in der Lobby warten werden. Glaubst du, sie würde unter diesen Umständen während dieser sechs oder acht Minuten einer Erklärung von mir zuhören? Nein. Und welche Chance hätte ich im Theater oder danach? Keine. Nein, Dad, das ist ein Durcheinander, das dein Geld nicht entwirren kann. Wir können keine Minute Zeit mit Bargeld kaufen; wenn wir könnten, würden reiche Menschen länger leben. Es gibt keine Hoffnung, mit Miss Lantry zu sprechen, bevor sie abfährt."

"In Ordnung, Richard, mein Junge", sagte der alte Anthony fröhlich. "Du kannst jetzt zu deinem Club hinunterlaufen. Ich bin froh, dass es nicht um dein Leben geht. Aber vergiss nicht, von Zeit zu Zeit ein paar Räucherstäbchen im Räucherhaus für den großen Gott Mazuma zu verbrennen. Du sagst, Geld erkauft keine Zeit? Nun, natürlich kann man die Ewigkeit nicht verpackt und zu sich nach Hause für einen Betrag ausliefern lassen, aber ich habe gesehen, wie Gevatter Zeit ziemlich böse Beulen von Steinen an seine Fersen bekam, als er durch die Goldausgrabungsstätten ging."

In dieser Nacht kam Tante Ellen, sanft, sentimental, zerknittert, seufzend, vom Reichtum geplagt, zu Bruder Anthony zu seiner Abendzeitung und begann, über die Leiden der Liebenden zu sprechen.

"Er hat mir alles darüber erzählt", sagte Bruder Anthony gähnend. "Ich sagte ihm, dass mein Bankkonto zu seinen Diensten stände. Und dann fing er an, über Geld herzuziehen. Besagtes Geld könnte nicht helfen. Sagte, die Regeln der Gesellschaft könnten nicht einem Team von zehn Millionären für einen Meter standhalten."

"Oh, Anthony", seufzte Tante Ellen, "Ich wünschte, du würdest nicht so viel an Geld denken. Reichtum ist nichts, wenn es um eine aufrichtige Zuneigung geht. Die Liebe ist allmächtig. Wenn er nur früher gesprochen hätte! Sie hätte unseren Richard nicht ablehnen können. Aber nun fürchte ich, ist es zu spät. Er wird keine Gelegenheit haben, sie anzusprechen. All dein Gold kann deinem Sohn kein Glück bringen."

Um acht Uhr am nächsten Abend nahm Tante Ellen einen schmucken alten Goldring aus einer mottenzerfressenen Schatulle und gab ihn Richard.

"Trage ihn heute Abend , Neffe", bettelte sie. "Deine Mutter gab ihn mir. Er brächte viel Glück in der Liebe, sagte sie. Sie bat mich, es dir zu geben, wenn du diejenige gefunden hast, die du liebst."

Der junge Rockwall nahm den Ring ehrfürchtig und probierte ihn an seinem kleinen Finger aus. Er rutschte bis zum zweiten Gelenk und blieb stecken. Er zog ihn aus und steckte ihn nach Männerart in seine Westentasche. Und dann rief er nach seinem Taxi.

Am Bahnhof holte er Miss Lantry um acht Uhr 32 aus der drängenden Menge heraus.

"Wir dürfen Mama und die anderen nicht warten lassen", sagte sie.

"Zu Wallack's Theatre, so schnell Sie fahren können!" sagte Richard loyal.

Sie sausten die 42. Straße entlang zum Broadway hinauf und dann die mit weißen Sternen markierte Straße hinunter, die von den weichen Wiesen des Sonnenuntergangs zu den felsigen Hügeln des Morgens führt.

In der 34. Straße stieß der junge Richard schnell die Sperre hoch und befahl dem Taxifahrer, anzuhalten.

"Ich habe einen Ring verloren", entschuldigte er sich, als er herauskletterte. "Er gehörte meiner Mutter, und ich möchte ihn nicht verlieren. Ich werde dich nicht eine Minute aufhalten - ich habe gesehen, wo er hingefallen ist."

In weniger als einer Minute war er mit dem Ring zurück im Taxi.

Aber innerhalb dieser Minute hatte ein Stadtbus direkt vor dem Taxi angehalten. Der Taxifahrer versuchte, links zu passieren, aber ein schwerer Expresswagen schnitt ihn ab. Er versuchte es mit der rechten Seite und musste einem Möbelwagen ausweichen, der dort nichts zu suchen hatte. Er versuchte, sich zurückzuziehen, ließ aber seine Zügel fallen und fluchte pflichtbewusst. Er wurde in einem verworrenen Durcheinander von Fahrzeugen und Pferden blockiert.

Eine jener Straßenblockaden war aufgetreten, die in der Großstadt manchmal Verkehr und Fortbewegung ganz plötzlich behindern.

"Warum fahren Sie nicht weiter?" sagte Miss Lantry ungeduldig. "Wir werden zu spät sein."

Richard stand im Taxi auf und sah sich um. Er sah eine überfüllte Flut von Wagen, Lastwagen, Taxis, Lieferwagen und Straßenfahrzeugen, die den riesigen Raum füllten, in dem sich Broadway, die 6. Avenue und 34. Straße überkreuzen, als eine sechsundzwanzig Zoll große Magd ihren zweiundzwanzig Zoll großen Hüftgürtel füllt. Und doch eilten und ratterten sie von allen Querstraßen aus mit voller Geschwindigkeit auf den zusammenlaufenden Punkt zu und stürzten sich in die kämpfende Masse, blockierten die Räder und fügten dem Geschrei die Verwünschungen ihrer Fahrer hinzu. Der gesamte Verkehr von Manhattan schien sich um ihn herum gestaut zu haben. Der älteste New Yorker unter den Tausenden von Zuschauern, die die Bürgersteige säumten, hatte keine Straßenblockade mit solchen Ausmaßen erlebt.

"Es tut mir sehr leid", sagte Richard, als er seinen Platz wieder einnahm, "aber es sieht so aus, als ob wir festsitzen. Sie werden dieses Durcheinander nicht in einer Stunde aufgelöst haben. Es war meine Schuld. Wenn ich den Ring nicht fallen gelassen hätte, wir -" "Lass mich den Ring sehen" , sagte Miss Lantry. "Jetzt, da es nicht mehr zu ändern ist, ist es mir egal. Ich denke sowieso, Theater sind dumm."

Um 11 Uhr in dieser Nacht klopfte jemand leicht an Anthony Rockwalls Tür.

"Komm rein", rief Anthony, der einen roten Morgenmantel anhatte und ein Buch mit Piratenabenteuern las.

Der Jemand war Tante Ellen, die aussah wie ein grauhaariger Engel, der aus Versehen auf der Erde zurückgelassen worden war.

"Sie sind verlobt, Anthony," sagte sie sanft. "Sie hat versprochen, unseren Richard zu heiraten. Auf dem Weg zum Theater gab es einen Stau, und es dauerte zwei Stunden, bis ihr Taxi aus ihm heraus kam.

"Und oh, Bruder Anthony, prahle nie wieder mit der Macht des Geldes. Ein kleines Zeichen der wahren Liebe - ein kleiner Ring, der immerwährende und nicht käufliche Zuneigung symbolisiert - war der Grund, warum unser Richard sein Glück gefunden hat. Er ließ ihn auf die Straße fallen und stieg aus, um ihn zu bergen. Und bevor sie weiterfahren konnten, kam es zu dem Stau. Während das Taxi dort feststeckte, sprach er mit seiner Liebsten, und gewann ihr Herz. Geld ist im Vergleich zu wahrer Liebe Schrott, Antony."

"Gut", sagte der alte Anthony. "Ich bin froh, dass der Junge bekommen hat, was er wollte. Ich sagte ihm, ich würde keinen Aufwand scheuen, im Falle, wenn -" "Aber Bruder Anthony, was könnte dein Geld Gutes getan haben?"

"Schwester", sagte Anthony Rockwall. Ich habe meinen Piraten in einer teuflichen Klemme. Sein Schiff wurde gerade versenkt, und er kann den Wert des Geldes zu gut beurteilen, um es versinken zu lassen. Ich wünschte, du würdest mich mit diesem Kapitel fortfahren lassen."

Die Geschichte sollte hier enden. Ich wünschte, es würde so romantisch sein, wie Sie, der Sie es gelesen haben, es wünschen würden. Aber wir müssen auf den Grund des Brunnens gehen, um die Wahrheit zu erfahren.

Am nächsten Tag besuchte eine Person mit roten Händen und einer blauen gepunkteten Krawatte, die sich Kelly nannte, Anthony Rockwalls Haus und wurde sofort in der Bibliothek empfangen.

"Nun", sagte Anthony und griff nach seinem Scheckbuch, "es war eine gute Seifenrechnung. Mal sehen - Sie hatten 5.000 Dollar in bar."

"Ich habe noch 300 Dollar aus meiner eigenen Tasche draufgelegt," sagte Kelly. "Ich musste etwas mehr ausgeben, als ich kalkuliert hatte. Ich habe die Wagen für Express-Lieferungen und Taxis meist für 5 Dollar bekommen; aber die Lastwagen und die Zweier-Gespanne verlangten meist 10 Dollar von mir. Die Fahrer wollten 10 Dollar, und einige der geladenen Teams 20 Dollar. Für die Bullen musste ich am meisten abdrücken - ich habe zweien von ihnen 50 Dollar gegeben, und der Rest bekam 20 und 25. Aber hat es nicht wunderbar funktioniert, Mr. Rockwall? Ich bin froh, dass William A. Brady nicht auf diese kleine Outdoor-Fahrzeug-Mob-Szene aufmerksam wurde. Ich würde nicht wollen, dass das Herz von William aus Eifersucht bricht. Und es gab nicht einmal eine Probe! Die Jungs waren bis auf die Sekunde pünktlich. Es dauerte zwei Stunden, bevor auch nur eine Schlange an die Basis von Greeleys Statue herankam."

"Dreizehn Hundert - da hast du sie, Kelly," sagte Anthony, während er den Scheck abriss. "Deine Tausend, und die 300 Dollar, die du extra abdrücken mußtest. Du verachtest Geld nicht, oder, Kelly?"

"Ich?" sagte Kelly. "Ich kann das Mannsbild verprügeln, das die Armut erfunden hat."

Anthony rief Kelly, als er an der Tür stand.

"Du hast in dem Stau", sagte er, "nicht irgendwo eine Art fetten Jungen ohne Kleider gesehen, der mit einem Bogen Pfeile verschossen hat, oder?"

"Warum, nein", sagte Kelly verblüfft. "Habe ich nicht. Wenn er so aussah, wie Sie sagen, haben die Bullen ihn vielleicht kassiert, bevor ich dorthin kam."

"Ich dachte, der kleine Schlingel wäre nicht zur Stelle", kicherte Anthony. "Mach's gut, Kelly."
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"Stuck-up old statuette of nothing doing!"
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commented the ex-Soap King.
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"The Eden Musee'll get that old frozen Nesselrode yet if he don't watch out.
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in the same voice that had once chipped off pieces of the welkin on the Kansas prairies.
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"Richard," said Anthony Rockwall, "what do you pay for the soap that you use?"
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Richard, only six months home from college, was startled a little.
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"Six dollars a dozen, I think, dad."
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"And your clothes?"
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"I suppose about sixty dollars, as a rule."
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"You're a gentleman," said Anthony, decidedly.
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Now I use the old Eureka—not only for sentiment, but it's the purest soap made.
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Whenever you pay more than 10 cents a cake for soap you buy bad perfumes and labels.
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As I said, you're a gentleman.
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They say it takes three generations to make one.
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They're off.
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Money'll do it as slick as soap grease.
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It's made you one.
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By hokey!
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it's almost made one of me.
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"Now, don't say that," said old Anthony, shocked.
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"I bet my money on money every time.
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I'm for money against the field.
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Tell me something money won't buy."
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"Oho!
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won't it?"
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thundered the champion of the root of evil.
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Richard sighed.
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"And that's what I was coming to," said the old man, less boisterously.
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"That's why I asked you to come in.
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There's something going wrong with you, boy.
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I've been noticing it for two weeks.
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Out with it.
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"Not a bad guess, dad; you haven't missed it far."
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"Ah," said Anthony, keenly; "what's her name?"
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Richard began to walk up and down the library floor.
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There was enough comradeship and sympathy in this crude old father of his to draw his confidence.
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"Why don't you ask her?"
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demanded old Anthony.
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"She'll jump at you.
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You've got the money and the looks, and you're a decent boy.
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Your hands are clean.
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You've got no Eureka soap on 'em.
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You've been to college, but she'll overlook that."
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"I haven't had a chance," said Richard.
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"Make one," said Anthony.
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"Take her for a walk in the park, or a straw ride, or walk home with her from church.
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Chance!
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Pshaw!"
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"You don't know the social mill, dad.
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She's part of the stream that turns it.
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Every hour and minute of her time is arranged for days in advance.
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I must have that girl, dad, or this town is a blackjack swamp forevermore.
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And I can't write it—I can't do that."
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"Tut!"
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said the old man.
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"I've put it off too late.
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She's going to sail for Europe at noon day after to-morrow for a two years' stay.
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I'm to see her alone to-morrow evening for a few minutes.
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She's at Larchmont now at her aunt's.
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I can't go there.
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No.
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And what chance would I have in the theatre or afterward?
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None.
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No, dad, this is one tangle that your money can't unravel.
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We can't buy one minute of time with cash; if we could, rich people would live longer.
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There's no hope of getting a talk with Miss Lantry before she sails."
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"All right, Richard, my boy," said old Anthony, cheerfully.
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"You may run along down to your club now.
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I'm glad it ain't your liver.
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You say money won't buy time?
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"He told me all about it," said brother Anthony, yawning.
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"I told him my bank account was at his service.
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And then he began to knock money.
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Said money couldn't help.
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Said the rules of society couldn't be bucked for a yard by a team of ten-millionaires."
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"Oh, Anthony," sighed Aunt Ellen, "I wish you would not think so much of money.
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Wealth is nothing where a true affection is concerned.
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Love is all-powerful.
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If he only had spoken earlier!
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She could not have refused our Richard.
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But now I fear it is too late.
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He will have no opportunity to address her.
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All your gold cannot bring happiness to your son."
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"Wear it to-night, nephew," she begged.
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"Your mother gave it to me.
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Good luck in love she said it brought.
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She asked me to give it to you when you had found the one you loved."
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Young Rockwall took the ring reverently and tried it on his smallest finger.
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It slipped as far as the second joint and stopped.
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He took it off and stuffed it into his vest pocket, after the manner of man.
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And then he 'phoned for his cab.
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At the station he captured Miss Lantry out of the gadding mob at eight thirty-two.
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"We mustn't keep mamma and the others waiting," said she.
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"To Wallack's Theatre as fast as you can drive!"
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said Richard loyally.
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At Thirty-fourth Street young Richard quickly thrust up the trap and ordered the cabman to stop.
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"I've dropped a ring," he apologised, as he climbed out.
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"It was my mother's, and I'd hate to lose it.
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I won't detain you a minute—I saw where it fell."
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In less than a minute he was back in the cab with the ring.
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But within that minute a crosstown car had stopped directly in front of the cab.
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The cabman tried to pass to the left, but a heavy express wagon cut him off.
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He tried the right, and had to back away from a furniture van that had no business to be there.
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He tried to back out, but dropped his reins and swore dutifully.
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He was blockaded in a tangled mess of vehicles and horses.
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"Why don't you drive on?"
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said Miss Lantry, impatiently.
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"We'll be late."
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Richard stood up in the cab and looked around.
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The entire traffic of Manhattan seemed to have jammed itself around them.
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unit 142
They won't get this jumble loosened up in an hour.
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It was my fault.
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If I hadn't dropped the ring we—" "Let me see the ring," said Miss Lantry.
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"Now that it can't be helped, I don't care.
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I think theatres are stupid, anyway."
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At 11 o'clock that night somebody tapped lightly on Anthony Rockwall's door.
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"They're engaged, Anthony," she said, softly.
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"She has promised to marry our Richard.
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unit 153
"And oh, brother Anthony, don't ever boast of the power of money again.
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He dropped it in the street, and got out to recover it.
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And before they could continue the blockade occurred.
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He spoke to his love and won her there while the cab was hemmed in.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 6 days, 11 hours ago
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Money is dross compared with true love, Anthony."
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unit 159
"All right," said old Anthony.
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unit 160
"I'm glad the boy has got what he wanted.
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unit 162
"Sister," said Anthony Rockwall.
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unit 163
"I've got my pirate in a devil of a scrape.
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unit 165
I wish you would let me go on with this chapter."
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unit 166
The story should end here.
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unit 167
I wish it would as heartily as you who read it wish it did.
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unit 168
But we must go to the bottom of the well for truth.
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"Well," said Anthony, reaching for his chequebook, "it was a good bilin' of soap.
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Let's see—you had $5,000 in cash."
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unit 172
"I paid out $300 more of my own," said Kelly.
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"I had to go a little above the estimate.
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unit 175
The motormen wanted $10, and some of the loaded teams $20.
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unit 176
The cops struck me hardest—$50 I paid two, and the rest $20 and $25.
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But didn't it work beautiful, Mr. Rockwall?
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I'm glad William A. Brady wasn't onto that little outdoor vehicle mob scene.
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I wouldn't want William to break his heart with jealousy.
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And never a rehearsal, either!
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The boys was on time to the fraction of a second.
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unit 182
It was two hours before a snake could get below Greeley's statue."
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unit 183
"Thirteen hundred—there you are, Kelly," said Anthony, tearing off a check.
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unit 184
"Your thousand, and the $300 you were out.
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unit 185
You don't despise money, do you, Kelly?"
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unit 186
"Me?"
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unit 187
said Kelly.
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unit 188
"I can lick the man that invented poverty."
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unit 189
Anthony called Kelly when he was at the door.
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"Why, no," said Kelly, mystified.
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"I didn't.
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unit 193
If he was like you say, maybe the cops pinched him before I got there."
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unit 194
"I thought the little rascal wouldn't be on hand," chuckled Anthony.
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unit 195
"Good-by, Kelly."
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bf2010 12429  commented  2 weeks, 4 days ago

Hi Rachel; thanks for uploading the O'Henry text; cheers, Bernard:)

by bf2010 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Old Anthony Rockwall, retired manufacturer and proprietor of Rockwall's Eureka Soap, looked out the library window of his Fifth Avenue mansion and grinned. His neighbour to the right—the aristocratic clubman, G. Van Schuylight Suffolk-Jones—came out to his waiting motor-car, wrinkling a contumelious nostril, as usual, at the Italian renaissance sculpture of the soap palace's front elevation.

"Stuck-up old statuette of nothing doing!" commented the ex-Soap King. "The Eden Musee'll get that old frozen Nesselrode yet if he don't watch out. I'll have this house painted red, white, and blue next summer and see if that'll make his Dutch nose turn up any higher."

And then Anthony Rockwall, who never cared for bells, went to the door of his library and shouted "Mike!" in the same voice that had once chipped off pieces of the welkin on the Kansas prairies.

"Tell my son," said Anthony to the answering menial, "to come in here before he leaves the house."

When young Rockwall entered the library the old man laid aside his newspaper, looked at him with a kindly grimness on his big, smooth, ruddy countenance, rumpled his mop of white hair with one hand and rattled the keys in his pocket with the other.

"Richard," said Anthony Rockwall, "what do you pay for the soap that you use?"

Richard, only six months home from college, was startled a little. He had not yet taken the measure of this sire of his, who was as full of unexpectednesses as a girl at her first party.

"Six dollars a dozen, I think, dad."

"And your clothes?"

"I suppose about sixty dollars, as a rule."

"You're a gentleman," said Anthony, decidedly. "I've heard of these young bloods spending $24 a dozen for soap, and going over the hundred mark for clothes. You've got as much money to waste as any of 'em, and yet you stick to what's decent and moderate. Now I use the old Eureka—not only for sentiment, but it's the purest soap made. Whenever you pay more than 10 cents a cake for soap you buy bad perfumes and labels. But 50 cents is doing very well for a young man in your generation, position and condition. As I said, you're a gentleman. They say it takes three generations to make one. They're off. Money'll do it as slick as soap grease. It's made you one. By hokey! it's almost made one of me. I'm nearly as impolite and disagreeable and ill-mannered as these two old Knickerbocker gents on each side of me that can't sleep of nights because I bought in between 'em."

"There are some things that money can't accomplish," remarked young Rockwall, rather gloomily.

"Now, don't say that," said old Anthony, shocked. "I bet my money on money every time. I've been through the encyclopaedia down to Y looking for something you can't buy with it; and I expect to have to take up the appendix next week. I'm for money against the field. Tell me something money won't buy."

"For one thing," answered Richard, rankling a little, "it won't buy one into the exclusive circles of society."

"Oho! won't it?" thundered the champion of the root of evil. "You tell me where your exclusive circles would be if the first Astor hadn't had the money to pay for his steerage passage over?"

Richard sighed.

"And that's what I was coming to," said the old man, less boisterously. "That's why I asked you to come in. There's something going wrong with you, boy. I've been noticing it for two weeks. Out with it. I guess I could lay my hands on eleven millions within twenty-four hours, besides the real estate. If it's your liver, there's the Rambler down in the bay, coaled, and ready to steam down to the Bahamas in two days."

"Not a bad guess, dad; you haven't missed it far."

"Ah," said Anthony, keenly; "what's her name?"

Richard began to walk up and down the library floor. There was enough comradeship and sympathy in this crude old father of his to draw his confidence.

"Why don't you ask her?" demanded old Anthony. "She'll jump at you. You've got the money and the looks, and you're a decent boy. Your hands are clean. You've got no Eureka soap on 'em. You've been to college, but she'll overlook that."

"I haven't had a chance," said Richard.

"Make one," said Anthony. "Take her for a walk in the park, or a straw ride, or walk home with her from church. Chance! Pshaw!"

"You don't know the social mill, dad. She's part of the stream that turns it. Every hour and minute of her time is arranged for days in advance. I must have that girl, dad, or this town is a blackjack swamp forevermore. And I can't write it—I can't do that."

"Tut!" said the old man. "Do you mean to tell me that with all the money I've got you can't get an hour or two of a girl's time for yourself?"

"I've put it off too late. She's going to sail for Europe at noon day after to-morrow for a two years' stay. I'm to see her alone to-morrow evening for a few minutes. She's at Larchmont now at her aunt's. I can't go there. But I'm allowed to meet her with a cab at the Grand Central Station to-morrow evening at the 8.30 train. We drive down Broadway to Wallack's at a gallop, where her mother and a box party will be waiting for us in the lobby. Do you think she would listen to a declaration from me during that six or eight minutes under those circumstances? No. And what chance would I have in the theatre or afterward? None. No, dad, this is one tangle that your money can't unravel. We can't buy one minute of time with cash; if we could, rich people would live longer. There's no hope of getting a talk with Miss Lantry before she sails."

"All right, Richard, my boy," said old Anthony, cheerfully. "You may run along down to your club now. I'm glad it ain't your liver. But don't forget to burn a few punk sticks in the joss house to the great god Mazuma from time to time. You say money won't buy time? Well, of course, you can't order eternity wrapped up and delivered at your residence for a price, but I've seen Father Time get pretty bad stone bruises on his heels when he walked through the gold diggings."

That night came Aunt Ellen, gentle, sentimental, wrinkled, sighing, oppressed by wealth, in to Brother Anthony at his evening paper, and began discourse on the subject of lovers' woes.

"He told me all about it," said brother Anthony, yawning. "I told him my bank account was at his service. And then he began to knock money. Said money couldn't help. Said the rules of society couldn't be bucked for a yard by a team of ten-millionaires."

"Oh, Anthony," sighed Aunt Ellen, "I wish you would not think so much of money. Wealth is nothing where a true affection is concerned. Love is all-powerful. If he only had spoken earlier! She could not have refused our Richard. But now I fear it is too late. He will have no opportunity to address her. All your gold cannot bring happiness to your son."

At eight o'clock the next evening Aunt Ellen took a quaint old gold ring from a moth-eaten case and gave it to Richard.

"Wear it to-night, nephew," she begged. "Your mother gave it to me. Good luck in love she said it brought. She asked me to give it to you when you had found the one you loved."

Young Rockwall took the ring reverently and tried it on his smallest finger. It slipped as far as the second joint and stopped. He took it off and stuffed it into his vest pocket, after the manner of man. And then he 'phoned for his cab.

At the station he captured Miss Lantry out of the gadding mob at eight thirty-two.

"We mustn't keep mamma and the others waiting," said she.

"To Wallack's Theatre as fast as you can drive!" said Richard loyally.

They whirled up Forty-second to Broadway, and then down the white-starred lane that leads from the soft meadows of sunset to the rocky hills of morning.

At Thirty-fourth Street young Richard quickly thrust up the trap and ordered the cabman to stop.

"I've dropped a ring," he apologised, as he climbed out. "It was my mother's, and I'd hate to lose it. I won't detain you a minute—I saw where it fell."

In less than a minute he was back in the cab with the ring.

But within that minute a crosstown car had stopped directly in front of the cab. The cabman tried to pass to the left, but a heavy express wagon cut him off. He tried the right, and had to back away from a furniture van that had no business to be there. He tried to back out, but dropped his reins and swore dutifully. He was blockaded in a tangled mess of vehicles and horses.

One of those street blockades had occurred that sometimes tie up commerce and movement quite suddenly in the big city.

"Why don't you drive on?" said Miss Lantry, impatiently. "We'll be late."

Richard stood up in the cab and looked around. He saw a congested flood of wagons, trucks, cabs, vans and street cars filling the vast space where Broadway, Sixth Avenue and Thirty-fourth street cross one another as a twenty-six inch maiden fills her twenty-two inch girdle. And still from all the cross streets they were hurrying and rattling toward the converging point at full speed, and hurling themselves into the struggling mass, locking wheels and adding their drivers' imprecations to the clamour. The entire traffic of Manhattan seemed to have jammed itself around them. The oldest New Yorker among the thousands of spectators that lined the sidewalks had not witnessed a street blockade of the proportions of this one.

"I'm very sorry," said Richard, as he resumed his seat, "but it looks as if we are stuck. They won't get this jumble loosened up in an hour. It was my fault. If I hadn't dropped the ring we—"

"Let me see the ring," said Miss Lantry. "Now that it can't be helped, I don't care. I think theatres are stupid, anyway."

At 11 o'clock that night somebody tapped lightly on Anthony Rockwall's door.

"Come in," shouted Anthony, who was in a red dressing-gown, reading a book of piratical adventures.

Somebody was Aunt Ellen, looking like a grey-haired angel that had been left on earth by mistake.

"They're engaged, Anthony," she said, softly. "She has promised to marry our Richard. On their way to the theatre there was a street blockade, and it was two hours before their cab could get out of it.

"And oh, brother Anthony, don't ever boast of the power of money again. A little emblem of true love—a little ring that symbolised unending and unmercenary affection—was the cause of our Richard finding his happiness. He dropped it in the street, and got out to recover it. And before they could continue the blockade occurred. He spoke to his love and won her there while the cab was hemmed in. Money is dross compared with true love, Anthony."

"All right," said old Anthony. "I'm glad the boy has got what he wanted. I told him I wouldn't spare any expense in the matter if—"

"But, brother Anthony, what good could your money have done?"

"Sister," said Anthony Rockwall. "I've got my pirate in a devil of a scrape. His ship has just been scuttled, and he's too good a judge of the value of money to let drown. I wish you would let me go on with this chapter."

The story should end here. I wish it would as heartily as you who read it wish it did. But we must go to the bottom of the well for truth.

The next day a person with red hands and a blue polka-dot necktie, who called himself Kelly, called at Anthony Rockwall's house, and was at once received in the library.

"Well," said Anthony, reaching for his chequebook, "it was a good bilin' of soap. Let's see—you had $5,000 in cash."

"I paid out $300 more of my own," said Kelly. "I had to go a little above the estimate. I got the express wagons and cabs mostly for $5; but the trucks and two-horse teams mostly raised me to $10. The motormen wanted $10, and some of the loaded teams $20. The cops struck me hardest—$50 I paid two, and the rest $20 and $25. But didn't it work beautiful, Mr. Rockwall? I'm glad William A. Brady wasn't onto that little outdoor vehicle mob scene. I wouldn't want William to break his heart with jealousy. And never a rehearsal, either! The boys was on time to the fraction of a second. It was two hours before a snake could get below Greeley's statue."

"Thirteen hundred—there you are, Kelly," said Anthony, tearing off a check. "Your thousand, and the $300 you were out. You don't despise money, do you, Kelly?"

"Me?" said Kelly. "I can lick the man that invented poverty."

Anthony called Kelly when he was at the door.

"You didn't notice," said he, "anywhere in the tie-up, a kind of a fat boy without any clothes on shooting arrows around with a bow, did you?"

"Why, no," said Kelly, mystified. "I didn't. If he was like you say, maybe the cops pinched him before I got there."

"I thought the little rascal wouldn't be on hand," chuckled Anthony. "Good-by, Kelly."