Atkinson," said the doctor, forcing him to fall back; "when you can alter the effects of a drug I'll alter my decision," and, settling on his hat, he stepped out into the sunlight with the other two.
The inane Atkinson was still hanging about, humming and poking things with his knobby cane.
Before the door closed half a sovereign came flying through the aperture; and Atkinson, stumbling forward, caught it with singular dexterity.
Mother Atkinson, as all called their hostess, was the merriest there, and the busiest; for she kept flying up to wait on the children, to bring out some new dish, or to banish the live stock, who were of such a social turn that the colt came into the entry and demanded sugar; the cats sat about in people's laps, winking suggestively at the food; and speckled hens cleared the kitchen floor of crumbs, as they joined in the chat with a cheerful clucking.
The music of an organ surprised the new-comers, and in the parlor they found Father Atkinson playing sweetly on the little instrument made by himself.
, presided, and an address of welcome was made by ex-Governor MacCorkle.
When General Atkinson
made his military expedition up the Missouri, in
"Yes, and Miss Atkinson
, who dined with him once at the Wallises, says he is the most agreeable man she ever was in company with."
"Say, Corf," Atkinson bustled up to me, "is your machine running?"
"But my wife may be starving," I could hear Atkinson wailing as I moved on.
They's an auction on the Atkinson
Ranch an' maybe I can pick up some bargains."
From time to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson
brothers at Trincomalee, and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland.