With his maritime rig, his weather-beaten face, his beard of Father Nep- tune, he resembled a deposed sea-god who had ex-
changed the trident for the spade.
They still be- longed to the beginnings of time--had no inherited ex-
perience to teach them as it were), and of course, as long as there was a piece of paper written over in ac- cordance with some farcical law or other made down the river, it didn't enter anybody's head to trouble how they would live.
He gave it to me to read, and when I handed it back to him with the remark that I accepted its terms, the deputy-Neptune signed it, stamped it with his own exalted hand, folded it in four (it was a sheet of blue foolscap) and presented it to me--a gift of ex-
traordinary potency, for, as I put it in my pocket, my head swam a little.