"Well, I don't know about that. What he done was in self-defense; and if I play bowls I must look for rubs."
Coventry bit his lip with impatience. After a pause, he said, "What were you paid for that job?"
"I'll give you a hundred to do it again, only more effectually." He turned very pale when he had made this offer.
"Ah," said Cole, "anybody could tell you was a gentleman."
"Nay, I mean it is easy to see you don't know trades. I musn't meddle with Mr. Little now; he is right with the Trade."
"What, not if I pay you five times as much? say ten times then; two hundred pounds."
"Nay, we Union chaps are not malefactors. You can't buy us to injure an unoffending man. We have got our laws, and they are just ones, and, if a man will break them, after due warning, the order is given to 'do' him, and the men are named for the job, and get paid a trifle for their risk; and the risk is not much, the Trade stand by one another too true, and in so many ways. But if a man is right with the Trade, it is treason to harm him. No, I mustn't move a finger against Little."
"You have set up a conscience!" said Coventry bitterly.
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