"This to me, sir! I arrest thee in-"
"Nay, be not too hasty. See thou be careful and commit no foolish error"-then he shut his voice down to a whisper, and said in the man's ear-"the pig thou hast purchased for eightpence may cost thee thy neck, man!"
The poor constable, taken by surprise, was speechless at first, then found his tongue and fell to blustering and threatening; but Hendon was tranquil, and waited with patience till his breath was spent; then said:
"I have a liking to thee, friend, and would not willingly see thee come to harm. Observe, I heard it all-every word. I will prove it to thee." Then he repeated the conversation which the officer and the woman had had together in the hall, word for word, and ended with:
"There-have I set it forth correctly? Should not I be able to set it forth correctly before the judge, if occasion required?"
The man was dumb with fear and distress for a moment; then he rallied and said with forced lightness: Bouguereau William