"The job was offered to me; but I wouldn't be in it. I know that much. Says I, 'He has had his squeak.'"
"Who offered you the job?" asked Mr. Holdfast. And at this moment Ransome came in.
"What, another black coat!" said Simmons. "----, if you are not like so many crows over a dead horse." He then began to wander, and Holdfast's question remained unanswered.
This aberration continued so long, and accompanied with such interruptions of the breathing, that both Holdfast and Ransome despaired of ever hearing another rational word from the man's lips.
They lingered on, however, and still Grotait sat at the foot of the bed, with his glittering eye fixed on the dying man.
Presently Simmons became silent, and reflected.
"Who offered me the job to do Little?" said he, in a clear rational voice.
"Yes," said Mr. Holdfast. "And who paid you to blow up the forge?" Simmons made no reply. His fast fleeting powers appeared unable now to hold an idea for above a second or two.