abroad, I can hardly say I was intimate with him myself."

" Never set eyes on him/' said Twigg; " but for all

that, am anxious to treat his remains with strict assiduity

and attention, and indeed any connection in the same line;

and that's more than I could say twenty years ago. It

was all up hill then, and living from hand to mouth, and

even my own three first children, God forgive me, I could

not afford to fret for; but now I'm a man of property, I

feel for every body, and was at a neighbour's funeral only

last week. He died worth a plum, if he was worth a

penny, and kept his carriage. I remember his pole though,

before he had a pair of horses to it, and good reason why,

for it was nothing but a barber's."

The entrance of supper put an end to these excursions

of memory up the stream of time, a stream hich Twigg

was fond of ascending against the tiue, wkai the wilfulness

and velocity of a steamer. With all his seeming lowli-

ness, he had at bottom a deal of the devil's " darling sin,"

" the pride that apes humility." Out of nothing, it is

written, God created the world, and as out of nothing

he con-

Twigg had created some thirty thousand pounds,

sidered himself as a sort of lay Deity who had wrought a

miracle. In short, he liked to insist on his own littleness

originally, in order to enhance his apparent magnitude

when viewed afterwards through the solar microscope of

success ; a flea as it were magnified by thirty thousand into

the proportions of an elephant. To do him justice, he

had made his way by industry and ingenuity, and was en-

titled to blazon them if he liked as his supporters, instead

of " two salvages proper," or a brace of griffins : but he

did not sufficiently consider whether a retired barber might

choose to be stirred up with his own pole, or an ex-waiter

to have it always rung in his ears, that he had been brought

up on Bell's system.

" Very fine lads upon my word," he remarked, as Ringwood,

Raby, and the Creole, took their seats at the supper

table, " and it will be their own faults if they don't shine

in life. When I was of your age, young gentlemen," he

added, addressing the boys, " I used to run of errands and

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