The American Senator

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CHAPTER XLI
THE SENATOR IS BADLY TREATED

WHILE these great efforts were being made by Arabella Trefoil at Mistletoe, John Morton was vacillating in an unhappy mood between London and Bragton. It may be remembered that an offer was made to him as to the purchase of Chowton Farm. At that time the Mistletoe party was broken up, and Miss Trefoil was staying with her mother at the Connop Greens'. By the morning post on the next day he received a note from the Senator, in which Mr. Gotobed stated that business required his presence at Dillsborough, and suggested that he should again become a guest at Bragton for a few days. Morton was so sick of his own company, and so tired of thinking of his own affairs, that he was almost glad to welcome the Senator. At any rate, he had no means of escaping, and the Senator came. The two men were alone at the house, and the Senator was full of his own wrongs, as well as those of Englishmen in general. Mr. Bearside had written to him very cautiously, but pressing for an immediate remittance of £25, and explaining that the great case could not be carried 'on without that sum of money. This might have been very well as being open to the idea that the Senator had the option of either paying the money or of allowing the great case to be abandoned, but that the attorney in the last paragraph of his letter intimated that the Senator would be of course aware that he was liable for the whole cost of the action, be it what it might. He had asked a legal friend in London his opinion, and the legal friend had seemed to think that perhaps he was liable. What orders he had given to Bearside he had given without any witness, and at any rate had already paid a certain sum. The legal friend, when he heard all that Mr. Gotobed was able to tell him about Goarly, had advised the Senator to settle with Bearside,-- taking a due receipt, and having some person with him when he did so. The legal friend had thought that a small sum of money would suffice. 'He went so far as to suggest,'

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