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MEMOIES OF JOSEPH GETMIAXDI.                         227

The two men came together very often. Nobody knew -who
or what the stranger was; nobody liked or even spoke to btm ;
and it was constantly observed that whenever Hamilton was in
a state of gross intoxication, he was in this person's company.
The old visitors of the Sir Hugh shook their heads mysteriously,
and hoped he had not fallen into had company; although, truth
to tell, they could not help thinking that appearances were
greatly against him.

One night Grimaldi was sitting alone in the room, reading
the newspaper, when Hamilton, the stranger, and the poor wife
came in together. The former was in a state of intoxication,
so much so that he could scarcely stand. The wife had evidently
been crying, and seemed truly wretched; but the strange man
wore an air of dogged triumph that made Mm look perfectly

Curious to see what passed, Grimaldi held the paper before
Ms face, and watched them closely. They did not recognise
him, but walked to the other end of the room. Hamilton Mc-
coughed forth an order for something to drink, stammering in
reply to the earnest entreaties of Ms wife, that he would go
home directly he had taken "tMs one glass more." It was
brought, but not tasted, for his head had fallen upon the table,
and he was fast asleep before the liquor came.

The man whom he had a minute before named for the first
time—Archer he called him—regarded Ms sleeping companion
in silence for some minutes, and then leaning behind him, to
reach the wife, who was on the other side, touched her lightly
on the shoulder. She looked up, and he, pointing with a con-
temptuous air to the sleeping drunkard, took her hand and
pressed it in a manner which it was impossible to misunderstand.
She started indignantly from her seat, and darted at the man a
look wMch completely quelled him. He sat with his arms
folded, and Ms eyes fixed on the ground for above a quarter of
an hour, and then, suddenly rousing himself, tendered his
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left the room.eton. At the termination of the summer season he