seated himself near the candle, produced from his breast pocket a pencil and scrap of paper and wrote rather laboriously the following verdict, which with various degrees of effort all signed:
Hanson had come for him early--in fact he had remained all night with the foreman
, Jervis, that they might get an early start.
"Yes, yes, too heavy," he said; "but that's not my fault; the foreman
came just as we were starting, and would have three hundredweight more put on to save him trouble, and I must get on with it as well as I can."
The inexorable necessities of business asserted their claims through the obedient medium of the foreman
. Chafing at the delay, Hardyman was obliged to sit at his desk, signing checks and passing accounts, with the dogcart waiting in the stable yard.
The grave-looking yeomen who composed this tribunal laid their heads together for a few minutes, without leaving the box, when the foreman
arose, and, after the forms of the court were duly observed, he pronounced the prisoner to be “Not guilty.”
If it's near dinner-time, the foreman
takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says, "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare!
By that time, Bar felt that he had secured the Foreman
, and might go to dinner with a good appetite.
As the foreman
of a spinning mill, when he has set the hands to work, goes round and notices here a spindle that has stopped or there one that creaks or makes more noise than it should, and hastens to check the machine or set it in proper motion, so Anna Pavlovna moved about her drawing room, approaching now a silent, now a too-noisy group, and by a word or slight rearrangement kept the conversational machine in steady, proper, and regular motion.
, said, I see clearly that this man is a heretic.
I have known ambition, when cured at court by frequent disappointments (which are the only physic for it), to break out again in a contest for foreman
of the grand jury at an assizes; and have heard of a man who had so far conquered avarice, as to give away many a sixpence, that comforted himself, at last, on his deathbed, by making a crafty and advantageous bargain concerning his ensuing funeral, with an undertaker who had married his only child.
It needed more than the permission of the doctor, however, for when he showed up on the killing floor of Brown's, he was told by the foreman
that it had not been possible to keep his job for him.
of a Pittsburg coal company may now stand in his subterranean office and talk to the president of the Steel Trust, who sits on the twenty-first floor of a New York skyscraper.