DISTURBANCES IN THE SESEMANN HOUSE 113
room and threw open the door. There, — she could hardly believe it, — there in the middle of the library stood a ragged organ-grinder, playing his instrument most diligently. The Herr Kandidat seemed trying to say something, but the words failed to come. Klara and Heidi were listening with beaming faces to the music.
" Stop ! stop immediately ! " exclaimed Fraulein Rot-tenmeier, coming into the room. Her voice was drowned by the music. Then she ran toward the boy, but suddenly she felt something between her feet; she looked on the floor; a horrible black creature was crawling under her skirts — a turtle. Fraulein Rottenmeier jumped in the air as she had not done before for many years, then screamed at the top of her voice: —
" Sebastian ! Sebastian ! "
Suddenly the organ-grinder stopped, for this time her voice was heard above the music. Sebastian, doubled up with laughter, stood outside the half-open door, for he had seen the jump Fraulein Rottenmeier made. Finally he entered. Fraulein Rottenmeier had thrown herself into a chair.
" Away with them both, the boy and that creature ! Send them away immediately, Sebastian !" she cried to him. Sebastian readily obeyed. He led out the boy, who had quickly seized his turtle, then pressing something into his hand he said: —
" Forty for Fraulein Klara, and forty for playing. You did well " ; whereupon he closed the door.
Quiet was once more restored in the library; the