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“Who are you?” she exclaimed, in it," said Titmouse, despondingly, crustily.

to his friend—both of them remaining " Is this Messrs--what is it, Huck? rooted to the spot. - Oh! Messrs Quirk & Co's. ?” en. - Oudacious old toad!" muttered quired Titmouse, tapping the end of Huckaback, indignantly. his cane against his chin, with a des- “ If there was any thing in it," said perate effort to appear at his ease. Titmouse, with a deep sigh, they

- Why, where are your eyes? I must have made a deal of talk about should think you might have seen it in the house; and this old thing must what was wrote on this here plate—it's have heard my name often enough. large enough, one could have thought, It ain't so common a name, is it?" to be read by them as can read!" “I_I own I don't half like the looks What's your business?”

of it," replied his friend, putting his - We want_Give us the paper, newspaper into his pocket again ; - but Hucky"-he added, addressing his we'll try if we can't write a letter to companion, who produced it in a mo- sound 'em, and so far take the old creament; and Titmouse would have pro- ture's advice. Here's the public-house ceeded to possess the old woman of all she told us of. Come, let's see what's his little heart, when she cut him short to be done." by saying, snappishly—“ They aren't Titmouse, greatly. depressed, folnone on 'em in ; nor never is on Sun. lowed his friend ; and they soon prodays-so you'll just call to-morrow, if vided themselves with two glasses of you wants 'em. What's your names?" stout, and implements for writing.

66 Mr Tittlebat Titmouse,” an- That they made good use of their time swered that gentleman, with a very and materials, let the following epistle particular emphasis on every syllable. prove. It was their joint composition,

« Mr Who?" exclaimed the old wo- and here is an exact copy of it:man, opening her eyes, and raising her hand to the back of her ear. Mr Tit

To Messrs Quirk, Gammon, and mouse repeated his name more loudly and distinctly.

Snap. “ Tippetitippety !-what's that?"

6. No, no !” exclaimed Titmouse, “ Your Names being put in an Adpeevishly ; " I said, Mr Tit-el-bat vertisement in this present Sunday Titmouse ! Will that suit ?”

Flash, Newspaper of to Day's Date, 66 Tick-a-tick-a-tick.

Mr T. T. begs to inform your respectcious! if ever I heard such a name. able House I feel anxious to speak Oh!-I seel-you're making a fool with them on this truly interesting subof me! Get off, or I'll call a constable ject, seeing it mentions the Name of in. Get along with you, you couple Gabriel Tittlebat Titmouse, which two of puppies! Is this the way

last Names of that Deceased Person “ I tell you,” said Mr Huckaback, my own name is, which I can any Day " that this gentleman's name is Mr (as soon as possible) call and prove to Tittabat Titmouse; and you'd better you, by telling you the Same, truly. take care what you're at, old woman, He being Engaged in Business during for we've come on business of wital the week very close, (for the Present) consequence."

I hope that if they Have any thing “ I dare say it'll keep till to-mor- particular to say to Him, they will

write to Me without the least Delay, The friends consulted for a moment, and please address T. T., at Dowlas and then Titmouse asked if he might and Co's, No. 375, Oxford Street, go in and write a letter to Messrs Post-Paid, which will ensure its being Quirk?

duly Taken In by my Employers, and “ No," said she; “ how do I know

am, who you are? There's a public-house « Gents, close by, where you may write what “ Yours obediently, you like, and bring it here, and they'll

" TITTLEBAT TITMOUSE. get it the first thing in the morning. So that's what you may take away “ P.S.-My Friend, that is with with you!"_with which the complai- me writing This, (Mr Robert Huckasant old janitrix shut the door in their back,) can prove who I am if Necessifaces.

tated to do so. “ Huck, I'm afraid there's nothing « N.B.--Shall have no objections

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fying his companions that he expected " T. T. the visit of a policeman, for some row

he had been concerned in over night. (" Sunday Evening, 9/7/183-. Well, eight, nine, ten o'clock wore “ Forgot to Say, I am the only away heavily, and nothing transpired, Child of my Honoured Parents, who alas! to vary the monotonous duties died; before I knew them in Lawful in which Mr Titmouse was engaged ; Wedloc, and was 27 last Birth Day, bale after bale, and package after Never having Seen your Advertise. package, he took down and put up ment till this Night, wh, if Necessary again, at the bidding of pretty capri. can prove.")

cious customers; silk, satin, bomba

sins, crapes, muslins, ribands, gloves, This perspicuous and truly elegant he assisted in displaying and disposing performance having been thrice sub- of as usual; but it is certain that his jected to the critical examination of powerful understanding could no the friends, was then folded up, and longer settle itself, as before, upon directed to " Messrs Quirk and Co.," his responsible and arduous duties. a great straggling wet wafer having Every other minute, he cast a feverish been first put upon it. It was safely furtive glance towards the door. He deposited, a few minutes afterwards, almost dropped, at one time, as a with the old woman of the house, and man crossed from the opposite then the two West-End gentlemen side of the street, as if to enter their hastened away from that truly ple- shop—then passing on immediately, beian part of the town. Under four however, to the next door. Not different gas-lights did they stop, take person, in short, entered the premises, out the newspaper, and spell over the that he did not scrutinize narrowly advertisement; by which ingenious and anxiously, but in vain. Noprocesses they at length succeeded in buying and selling was the order of satisfying themselves that there was the day, as usual !-eleven o'clock something in it. They parted, how- struck, and he sighed. “You don't ever, with a considerable abatement seem well,” said a pretty young of the excitement with which they woman, to whom, in a somewhat had set out on their voyage of dis- absent manner, he was exhibiting and covery.

describing the qualities of some camMr Titmouse did not, on reaching bric. • Oh-ye-es, uncommon !" his room, take off and lay aside his he replied ; " never better, ma'am, precious Sunday, apparel with his than when so well employed l”accom. accustomed care and deliberation. On panying the latter words with what the contrary, he peeled them off, as it he conceived to be a very arch, but were, and threw himself on the bed which was in fact a very impudent as quickly as possible, in order that look at his fair customer. At that he might calmly revolve the immense moment, a voice called out to him from event of the day in his mind, which the further end of the shop, near the it had agitated like a stone thrown door_" Titmouse wanted !" into a stagnant pool by the road-side. “ Coming !" he shouted, turning as Oh, how restless was he!--not more so white as the cambric heheld in hishands could he have been had he lain be- --which became suddenly cold and tween horse-hair sheets. He repeat- clammy; while his heart went thump, edly got up and walked two or three thump, as he hastily exclaimed, to steps, which were all that his room the astonished lady, “ Excuse me, admitted of, and then sunk into bed ma'am, if you please-Jones,” to the again--but not to sleep, till four or shopman next him, “ will you attend five o'clock; having nevertheless to to this lady ?” and he hastened whither rise at half past six, to resume his he had been called, amidst a prevalent detested duties at Dowlas and Co's., grin and “ hem !” from his compawhose shop he assisted in opening at nions on each side, as he passed along seven o'clock, as usual. When he the shop, till he reached a middleand his shopmates were sitting to- aged gentlemanly. looking person, gether at breakfast, he could not help standing near the door, and bowed to letting out a little, vaguely and mys- him. teriously, about “ something that or Mr Titmouse ?" enquired the might happen in the course of the stranger, blandly.

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“ The same, sir, at your service," less, sensual-looking affair. This may replied Titmouse, trembling involun- serve, for the present, to give you an tarily all over. The stranger slightly idea of the man who had contrived to inclined towards him, and still more excite towards himself the hatred and slightly—touched his hat; fixing on contempt of every body over whom he him, at the same time, an inquisitive had any control. penetrating eye that really abashed 6. You know we never allow any him.

thing of the sort," was his short reply, “ You left--you favoured us by in a very disagreeable tone and manleaving a note at our office last night, ner, to the modest request of Titaddressed to Messrs Quirk, Gammon, mouse, as above mentioned. and Snap?" he enquired, lowering his May I beg the favour of a few voice to a whisper.

minutes' private conversation with Mr Yes, sir, hoping it was no". Titmouse,” said the stranger, politely,

“ Pray, Mr Titmouse, can we be on a matter of the last importance alone for about five or ten minutes ?" to him? My name, sir, is Gammon,

I—I-don't exactly know, here, and I am a solicitor.” sir; I'm afraid-against the rules of • Why, sir,” answered Tag-rag, the house-but-I'll ask. Here is Mr somewhat cowed by the calm and gen. Tag-rag.–May I step into the cloak- tlemanly, but at the same time decisive room with this gentleman for a few manner of Mr Gammon—it's really minutes, sir?” he continued, address- very inconvenient, and decidedly ing his imperious employer, who, with against the rules of the house, for any a pen behind his right ear, his left of my young men to be absent on hand in his breeches pocket, and business of their own during my his right hand impatiently tweedling business hours; but I suppose about his watch seals, had followed what must be, must be- I'll give him Titmouse, on hearing him enquired ten minutes—and he'd better not stay for in the manner I have described, longer," looking significantly first at and stood at a yard or two's dis- his watch, and then at Titmouse. tance, eyeing the two with a fussy " It's only for the sake of the other dissatisfied look, wondering what on young men, sir. In a large establishearth any one could want with one of ment like ours, we're obliged, you his young men.

know, sir," &c., &c., &c., he added, As Mr Tag-rag will figure a little in a low cringing tone, deprecatory of on my canvass by-and-by, I may as the contemptuous air with which he well here, give the reader a slight felt that Mr Gammon was regarding sketch of that gentleman.

him. That gentleman, with a slight about fifty-two years old ; a great bow, and a supercilious smile, pretyrant in his little way; a compound sently quitted the shop, accompanied of ignorance, selfishness, and conceit. by Titmouse. He knew nothing on earth except the “ How far do you live from this price of his goods, and how to make place, Mr Titmouse ?” he enquired the most of his business. He was of as soon as they had got into the street.

middle size, with a tendency to cor- “ Not four minutes' walk, sir; but į pulence; and almost invariably wore -hem!"he was flustered at the

à black coat and waistcoat, a white idea of showing so eminent a person neck-bandkerchief very firmly tied, into his wretched room—“Suppose and grey trowsers. He had a dull, we were to step into this tavern here, grey eye, with white eyelashes, and sir-I dare say they've a room at our no eyebrows; a forehead that seemed service ashamed of his face, it retreated so far “ Pray, allow me to ask, Mr Titand so abruptly back from it; his face mouse, have you any private papers was pretty deeply pitted with the family writings, or things of that smallpox ; his nose-or rather sem- sort, at your rooms ? " blance of a nose-consisted of two Titmouse seemed considering. great nostrils looking at you—as it 66 1-I think I have, sir-one or 'were, impudently-out of the middle two-but they're of no consequence. of his face ; there was a perfect level “ Are you a judge, Mr Titmouse ?" space from cheekbone to cheekbone; enquired Mr Gammon, with a smile ; his whiskers, neatly and closely cut, “pray let us, my dear sir, at once to came in points to each corner of his your rooms- -time is very short and mouth, which was a very large, shape- valuable. I should vastly like to look

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at these same insignificant papers of " Ah, yes-exactly ; those are very

interesting questions. In less than two minutes' further “ Yes, sir ; and them and a great time, Mr Gammon was sitting at Tit- many more I was going to ask long mouse's little rickety round table, at go, but I saw you were—. his lodgings, with a sheet of paper, “ Sir, I perceive that we have posiand his pens and portable inkstand be- tively been absent from your place of fore him, asking him a number of business nearly an hour-your em. questions concerning his birth and ployers will be getting rather impafamily connexions, and taking down tient." his answers very carefully - perhaps “ Meaning no offence sir-bother almost word for word. Mr Titmouse their impatience; I'm impatient, I aswas quite surprised at the knowledge sure you to know what all this means. which Mr Gammon possessed of the Come, sir, see how openly I have told family history of the Titmouses. As you every thing.” for papers, &c., Mr Titmouse suc- “ Why, certainly, you see, Mr Titceeded in producing four or five old mouse,” said Gammon, with an agreeletters and memoranda from the bot- able smile-(it was that smile of his tom of his trunk, and the fly-leaf of a that had been the making of Gambible of his father's, which he did not mon)—“it is only candid in me to recollect having opened before for very acknowledge that your curiosity is many years, and of which said entries, perfectly reasonable ; and I see no till pressed on the subject by Mi Gam- difficulty in admitting that I have had mon, he had been hardly even aware a motiveof the existence. With these several - Yes, sir_and all that I know, documents Mr Gammon was so much sir,"-hastily interrupted Titmouse, struck that he proposed to take them but without irritating or disturbing the away with him, for better and more placid speaker. leisurely examination, and safer cus

66 And that we waited with some anxtody, at their office ; but Mr Titmouse iety for the result ofour advertisement." significantly hinted at his very recent “ Ah, you can't escape from that, acquaintance with Mr Gammon, who, you know, sir!" interposed Titmouse, he intimated, was at liberty to come and with a confident air. make exact copies of them whenever - But it is a maxim with us, my he pleased, in his (Mr Titmouse's) dear sir, never to be premature in any presence.

thing, cspecially when it may be very “Oh, certainly-yes," replied Mr prejudicial; you've really no idea, my Gammon, slightly colouring at the dear Mr Titmouse, of the world of distrust implied by this observation; mischief that is often done by preci“ I applaud your caution, Mr Tit. pitancy in legal matters ; and in the

By all means keep them, and present step of the business—the premost carefully ; because, (I do not say sent stage, my dear sir-I really do see that they are,) but it is quite possible, it necessary not to-do any thing prethat they may become rather valu- mature, and without consulting my abie."

partners." • Thank you, sir : and now, hop- " Lord, sir!" exclaimed Titmouse, ing you'll excuse the liberty, I should getting more and more irritated and uncommonly like to know what all this impatient as he reflected on the length means—what is to turn up out of it of his absence from Dowlas & Co's. at all ?"

“ I quite feel for your anxiety“ The law, my dear sir, is proverb- so perfectly natural." ially uncertain

« Oh, dear sir ! if you'd only tell ci Oh, Lord! but the law can give me the least bitme a hint

If, my dear sir, I were to disclose 66 The law never hints," interrupted just now the exact object we had in Mr Gammon, impressively, with a writing that advertisement in the bland smile.

papers - Well then, how did you come, sir, “ How did you come to know of it to know that there ever was such a at all, sir ? Come, there can't be any person as Mr Gabriel Titmouse? I harm." suppose he is my great-uncle, and “ Not the least, my dear sir.

It what can come from him if he was was in the course of business-in the only a bit of shoemaker?"

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66 Is it money that's been left me- were by this time in Oxford Street or—any thing of that sort ?"

again. • Good-day, my dear sir“ It quite pains me, I assure you, good-day-to-morrow night, as soon Mr Titmouse-I think, by the way"- after ten as possible_eh? Good-by.” added Gammon suddenly, as some- This was all that Mr Titmouse could thing occurred to him of their pre- get out of Mr Gammon, who, hailing vious conversation, which he was not a coach off the stand beside them, sure of_"you told me that that Bible popped into it, and it was soon making was given you by your father.

its way eastward. What a miserable “ Oh yes, sir ! yes—no doubt of it; mixture of doubts, hopes, and fears, had surely that can't signify, seeing he's Mr Gammon left Titmouse! He felt dead, and I'm his only son ?" asked as if he were like a squeezed orange; Titmouse, quickly and eagerly. he had told every thing he knew about

« Oh, 'tis only a circumstance-a himself, and got nothing in return out mere circumstance; but in business, you of the smooth, imperturbable, impeneknow, Mr Titmouse, every little helps.” trable Mr Gammon, but empty civili

Why, meaning no offence, sir, I ties.—“ Lord, Lord !” thought Titcan't abide being put off in this kind mouse, as Mr Gammon's coach turned

See what I've told you the corner; "what would I give to you've told me nothing at all. I hope know half about it that that man you haven't been only making me a knows! But, Mr Tag-rag! good gracat’s-paw of? I hate being made a cious! what will he say? It's struck cat’s-paw of, sir !”

twelve. I've been an hour awayGracious, Mr Titmouse ! how can and he gave me ten minutes! Sha'n't you imagine it? You are at this mo- I catch it?" ment the object of a considerable share And he did. Almost the very first of our anxiety

person he met, on entering the shop, Not meaning it rudely, sir-please was his respected employer, Mr Tagto tell me at once, plainly, am I to be rag, who, plucking his watch out of his the better for any thing you're now fob, and, looking furiously at it, moabout?"

tioned the trembling Titmouse to follow " That may or may not be, sir,” him to the further end of the long shop, answered Gammon, in the same im- where there happened to be then no perturbable manner, drawing on his customers. gloves, and rising from his chair.

“ Is this your ten minutes, sir, eh ?' justice to yourself, and other parties concerned

6 Where the devil have you been, 6 Oh! is any body to share in it?" sir ?" exclaimed Titmouse, alarmedly.

With that gentleman, sir, and I really “ I am sure," said Gammon, smiling,

did not know " that you will give us credit for con- 6. You didn't know, sir! Who cares sulting your best interests. We sin- what

you know, or don't know ? You cerely desire to advance theni ; and know you ought to have been back this matter occupies a good deal of our fifty-five minutes ago, sir.

You do, time and anxiety. It-it is really,' sir! Isn't your time my property, sir ? looking at his watch, " an hour since Don't I pay for it, sir ? An hour! we quitted your place of business—I in the middle of the day! My God! fear I shall get into disgrace with your I've not had such a thing happen this employers. Will you favour us with a five years! I'll stop it out of your call at our office to-morrow night, when salary, sir." the business of the day is over ? When. Titmouse did not attempt to interdo you quit at night ?”

" About a quarter to ten, sir ; but, What have you been gossiping really—to-morrow night! Couldn't í about, sir ?" come to-night, sir ?”

“ Something that he wanted to say “ Not to-night, I fear, my dear sir. to me, sir." We have a very important engage

“ Impudence !-do you suppose I ment. Let us say to-morrow night, don't see your impertinence ? I insist, at a quarter past ten-shall we say sir, in knowing what all this gossipthat hour ?!

ing with that fellow has been about ?" “ Well, sir, if not before--yes-- I'll “ Then you won't know, sir,"

But I must say--" plied Titmouse, doggedly ; returning •, Mr Titmouse." They to his usual station behind the counter.


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