On the very day that I had come to this conclusion, I was standing at the Criterion Bar, when some one tapped me on the shoulder, and turning round I recognized young Stamford, who had been a dresser under me at Barts.
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?"
After you left I sent down to Stamford
's for the Ordnance map of this portion of the moor, and my spirit has hovered over it all day.
I recall that on one occasion I obtained information that led me to believe that a gentleman who lived about two miles out in the country from Stamford
, Conn., might become interest in our efforts at Tuskegee if our conditions and needs were presented to him.
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.