"For the love of David," said Mr. Ball, "don't talk so loud, Mr. Crewe."
"What's the railroad got to do with it?" Mr. Crewe demanded.
Mr. Ball glanced around him, to make sure that no one was within shouting distance.
"What's the railrud got to do with anything in this State?" inquired Mr. Ball, craftily.
"That's different," said Mr. Crewe, shortly, "I'm a corporation man myself. They've got to defend 'emselves."
"Certain. I ain't got anything again' 'em," Mr. Ball agreed quickly. "I guess they know what they're about. By the bye, Mr. Crewe," he added, coming dangerously near the varnish again, and drawing back, "you hain't happened to have seen Job Braden, have you?"
"Job Braden!" exclaimed Mr. Crewe, "Job Braden! What's all this mystery about Job Braden? Somebody whispers that name in my ear every day. If you mean that smooth-faced cuss that stutters and lives on Braden's Hill, I called on him, but he was out. If you see him, tell him to come up to Wedderburn, and I'll talk with him."
Mr. Ball made a gesture to indicate a feeling divided between respect for Mr. Crewe and despair at the hardihood of such a proposition.