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LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY             137
masters," continued the other, well intrenched, in a coarse, unconscious obtuseness, from the contempt of his oppo­nent ; " what 's the use o' talents and them things, if you can't get the use on 'em yourself ? Why, all the use they make on 't is to get round you. I 've had one or two of these fellers, and I jest sold 'em down river. I knew I 'd got to lose 'em, first or last, if I did n't."
" Better send orders up to the Lord, to make you a set and leave out their souls entirely," said the drover.
Here the conversation was interrupted by the approach of a small one-horse buggy to the inn. It had a genteel appearance, and a well-dressed, gentlemanly man sat on the seat, with a colored servant driving.
The whole party examined the new-comer with the in­terest with which a set of loafers in a rainy day usually ' examine every new-comer. He was very tall, with a dark, Spanish complexion, fine, expressive black eyes, and close-curling hair, also of a glossy blackness. His well-formed aquiline nose, straight thin lips, and the admirable contour of his finely-formed limbs, impressed the whole company instantly with the idea of something uncommon. He walked easily in among the company, and with a nod in­dicated to his waiter where to' place his trunk, bowed to the company, and, with his hat in his hand, walked up leisurely to the bar, and gave in his name as Henry But­ler, Oaklands, Shelby County. Turning, with an indiffer­ent air, he sauntered up to the advertisement, and read it over.
" Jim," he said to his man, " seems to me we met a boy something like this, up at Bernan's, did n't we ? '
" Yes, Mas'r," said Jim, " only I an't sure about the hand."
" Well, I did n't look, of course," said the stranger, with a careless yawn. Then, walking up to the landlord, he de­sired him to furnish him with a private apartment, as he had some writing to do immediately.
The landlord was all obsequious, and a relay of about