72 BRET HARTE'S CHOICE BITS.
which they thought each had forgotten. And with
this, and an occasional pitying reference to the
blank period when they had not known each other,
hand in hand they reached the house.
Mr, Mc Closky was awaiting them impatiently
upon the verandah. When Miss Jinny had slipped
upstairs to replace a collar that stood somewhat
suspiciously awry, Mr. Mc Closky drew Ridgeway
solemnly aside. He held a large theatre poster in
one hand, and an open newspaper in the other,
" I alius said," he remarked, slowly, with the air
of merely renewing a suspended conversation,—"I
alius said that riding three horses at onct wasn't
exactly in he^- line. It would seem that it ain't.
From remarks in this yer paper, it would appear
that she tried it on at Marysville last week, and
broke her neck.