Rambles With an American (Classic Reprint)

Rambles With an American (Classic Reprint)

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My client, Mr. James C. Fairfield, of Chicago, U.S.A., rose to go; but his eye fell upon Gray's Inn Hall, and he stood gazing at it out of my office window, as if loth to depart.

He had made his appearance in Gray's Inn a few weeks earlier, to consult me respecting an unpaid letter of credit. The amount in question was considerable, and from the beginning I had felt sure that he was a person of position in his own country. The letter of introduction which he had brought was written by an officer of the American embassy, and among the documents in the case was a note from the Secretary, which began, "My dear Fairfield".

There was not much of the typical American about my client; but I fancied that he showed a slight reluctance to disclose his second Christian name, and it must be admitted, that he pronounced the word Chicago in a manner which defied the imitative powers of an Englishman. His appearance was all in his favour. His countenance, though remotely suggestive of the Red Indian type, was refined and gracious; his more than fifty winters had dried him up rather than aged him, and his tall form was spare and willowy.

To-day he had asked for my bill of costs, and after glancing at the total he had paid the amount.

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