A FRIEND IN NEED.
as it suits you; I can wait while you rest yourselves;" and turning his back upon them, he walked up to the young woman who was standing near me. " They'll soon be gone," he said, laughing; " don't trouble yourself, my dear."
And they soon were gone, for when they understood Jerry's dodge they got out, calling him all sorts of bad names, and blustering about his number and getting a summons. After this little stoppage we were soon on our way to the hospital, going as much as possible through by-streets. Jerry rung the great bell, and helped the young woman out.
"Thank you a thousand times," she said; "I could never have got there alone."
" You're kindly welcome, and I hope the dear child will soon be better."
He watched her go in at the door, and gently he said to himself, " Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these." Then he patted my neck, which was always his way when anything pleased him.
The rain was now coming down fast, and just as we were leaving the hospital the door opened again, and the porter called out, " Cab !" We stopped, and a lady came down the steps. Jerry seemed to know her at once; she put back her veil and said, " Barker! Jeremiah Barker ! is it you ? I am very glad to find you here ; you are just the friend I want, for it is very difficult to get a cab in this part of London to-day."
"I shall be proud to serve you, ma'am. I am right glad I happened to be here; where may I take you to, ma'am?"
" To the Paddington Station, and then if we are in good time, as I think we shall be, you shall tell me all about Mary and the children."
We got to the station in good time, and, being under shelter, the lady stood a good while talking to Jerry. I