The Colonel's Dream
Charles W. Chesnutt
Two gentlemen were seated, one March morning in 189—, in the private office of French and Company, Limited, on lower Broadway. Mr. Kirby, the junior partner—a man of thirty-five, with brown hair and mustache, clean-cut, handsome features, and an alert manner, was smoking cigarettes almost as fast as he could roll them, and at the same time watching the electric clock upon the wall and getting up now and then to stride restlessly back and forth across the room.
Major Treadwell to be one of the few people around here who weathered the storm of war and emerged financially sound.” “He did; and he remained so—until he met Mr. Fetters, who had made money out of the war while all the rest were losing. Father despised the slavetrader’s son, but admired his ability to get along. Fetters made his acquaintance, flattered him, told him glowing stories of wealth to be made by speculating in cotton and turpentine. Father was not a business man, but he listened.
Reference to some detail of the recent transfer. Before he had finished reading these, a gentleman came up and introduced himself. He proved to be one John McLean, an old schoolmate of the colonel, and later a comrade-in-arms, though the colonel would never have recognised a rather natty major in his own regiment in this shabby middle-aged man, whose shoes were run down at the heel, whose linen was doubtful, and spotted with tobacco juice. The major talked about the weather, which was cool for.
Aunt would hardly care for her to learn stenography now, or go into magazine work. Her aunt would surely not go to Europe without inviting her, and Colonel French was very liberal with his money, and would deny his wife nothing, though Graciella could hardly imagine that any man would be infatuated with her Aunt Laura. But this was not the end of Graciella’s troubles. Graciella had a heart, although she had suppressed its promptings, under the influence of a selfish ambition. She had thrown Ben.
Like a hog in de poun’, an’ he didn’ know nobody, an’ dey didn’ give ’im no chanst ter see nobody, an’ dey tuck ’im roun’ ter Squi’ Reddick nex’ mawnin’, an’ fined ’im an’ sol’ ’im ter dis yer Mistuh Fettuhs fer ter wo’k out de fine; an’ I be’n wantin’ all dis time ter hyuh fum ’im, an’ I’d done be’n an’ gone back ter Madison to look fer ’im, an’ foun’ he wuz gone. An’ God knows I didn’ know what had become er ’im, ’tel he run away de yuther time an’ dey tuck ’im an’ sent ’im back again. An’ he.
Bill, “To buy popcorn on the train,” he said, kissed the boy, and wrung his ex-partner’s hand warmly. “Good-bye,” he said, “and good luck. You’ll hear from me soon. We’re partners still, you and I and Mrs. Jerviss.” And though Mr. French smiled acquiescence, and returned Kirby’s hand clasp with equal vigour and sincerity, he felt, as the train rolled away, as one might feel who, after a long sojourn in an alien land, at last takes ship for home. The mere act of leaving New York, after the.