"Well," said Austen, "I like to go into the woods and climb the hills and get aired out once in a while."
"I heard of your gettin' aired out yesterday, up Tunbridge way," said the Honourable Hilary.
"I supposed you would hear of it," answered Austen.
"I was up there to-day. Gave Mr. Flint your pass did you?"
"Didn't see fit to mention it to me first--did you? Said you were going up to thank him for it."
"You have put me in the wrong, Judge," he replied after a little. "I made that remark ironically. I I am afraid we cannot agree on the motive which prompted me."
"Your conscience a little finer than your father's--is it?"
"No," said Austen, "I don't honestly think it is. I've thought a good deal in the last few years about the difference in our ways of looking at things. I believe that two men who try to be honest may conscientiously differ. But I also believe that certain customs have gradually grown up in railroad practice which are more or less to be deplored from the point of view of the honour of the profession. I think they are not perhaps-- realized even by the eminent men in the law."