As a matter of fact, Ebenezer had never asked for help, except inthe way of
advice. It is out in mycarriage house now and he may have it any time he cares
to send forit.
There now, she exclaimed, if Ididnt forget the very thing Id
ought to have said in the firstplace.
Or if they didnt, they would know it
soons I oranybody else tried to buy it.
Truman this sideboard did you or did
you not tell her that itwas a genuine old one? Let the boy back out before
Lawyer Brooks kicks himout, was their counsel.
When it is decided whether we go
before a referee or thecourt Ill let you know, of course. She and her lawyer
were stilldeep in argument. Banks, dear, you wont go out of your way to oppose
This being a statement and not a question, Banks made no comment.
suggested that we agree to a hearing before a referee.
Truman had summoned him
to her side and was whispering volubly inhis ear. Stand between me and
Susannah, thats allI ask.
Allsorts of dead bygones would be raked up and talked
Tadgett represented it tobe when he sold it to her?
I believe you and I
have never met before, Mr.
Either you need a keeper or Ido, was his parting
observation. Now please tell us what you know of its history. I told her twas
worth a darned sight moren that.
Brooks, is it your intention, on behalfof Mrs.
If you put me in jail for stealing your belovedTadgetts sideboard youll have to
put her there too.
Margaret turned away to take her hand lamp from the table. I
doubtif they ever let it come into court at all. You talk like anabsolute fool,
Abijah Bradford, she sputtered.
Would you like to see a quarrelbetween Elijahs
widow and Silas son? Truman looked at him when that hearing was overmust have
made him guess he wouldnt be much longer.
Tadgett, youmust keep to your subject
or keep still. You will have an opportunity todisprove its genuineness later,
Captain Bije shrugged in pretendedindifference.