The captain did as he was bidden, but soon shook his head. "Hit's right purty, but I don't reckerlect."
"Certainly; at least within call."
"That's one thing I like in you, Hobart. You are so perfectly willing that others should be happy."
Again she interrupted him, saying, "That virtually means giving you the chance for continued self-sacrifice. Any man or woman in the land would give you friendship on such terms, YOUR terms with me. But you do not answer my question; yet you have answered it over and over again. Were you in my place with your unselfish nature, you could not take so very much without an inevitable longing to return all in your power."
"Great Scott!" ejaculated Jackson; "is he crazy?"
"SUSAN!" exclaimed Mr. Rolliffe, who entered at that moment, and looked aghast at the scene.
"Mr. Scofield," she began softly.
"Or at ditch-digging," added the young man. "No; my profession is to get people into hot water and then make them pay roundly to get out. I'm a lawyer. Times have changed in cities. It's there you'll find young men with muscle, if anywhere. Put your hand here, sir, and you'll know whether Miss Banning made a bad bargain in hiring me for the day."