Mattie Silver came from Stamford
, and when she entered the Fromes' household to act as her cousin Zeena's aid it was thought best, as she came without pay, not to let her feel too sharp a contrast between the life she had left and the isolation of a Starkfield farm.
In old days Stamford had never been a particular crony of mine, but now I hailed him with enthusiasm, and he, in his turn, appeared to be delighted to see me.
Young Stamford looked rather strangely at me over his wine-glass.
As we made our way to the hospital after leaving the Holborn, Stamford gave me a few more particulars about the gentleman whom I proposed to take as a fellow-lodger.
It seems to me, Stamford," I added, looking hard at my companion, "that you have some reason for washing your hands of the matter.
You seem to be a walking calendar of crime," said Stamford with a laugh.
We came here on business," said Stamford, sitting down on a high three-legged stool, and pushing another one in my direction with his foot.
By the way," I asked suddenly, stopping and turning upon Stamford, "how the deuce did he know that I had come from Afghanistan?
You must study him, then," Stamford said, as he bade me good-bye.