Bart Ridgeley eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 287 pages of information about Bart Ridgeley.
that dislike had somehow disappeared.  Then he recalled the favorable estimate which his wife had always put upon the qualities of Bart, and that he had usually found her opinions of persons accurate.  The frank appeal of Bart to him was manly, and almost called for some acknowledgment; and he felt that the invisible barrier between them was unpleasant.  After all, was not this young man one of the few destined to distinction, and on all accounts would it not be well to give him countenance?  And in this the Judge was not wholly politic.  He felt that it would be a good thing to do, to serve this struggling young man, and he came out of the crowded room with the settled purpose of taking Bart home to his mother’s, if he would ride with him, let what would come of it.  He would frankly tell him what he thought of his conduct of his case, and at least open the way to renewed intercourse.

He was detained for a moment, to answer questions, and got out just in time to see Bart, apparently pleased, get into Greer’s carriage and ride away.  The Judge looked thoughtful at this; and a close observer would have noticed a serious change in the expression of his face.

Of course he was well and intimately known to all parties present, and his frank and cordial manners left him always open to the first approach.  He listened to the comments upon the trial, which all turned upon Bart’s efforts, and the Judge could easily see that the young advocate had at once become the popular idol.  He was asked what he thought of Bart’s speech, and replied that one could hardly judge of a single effort, but that the same speech in the higher courts would undoubtedly have gained for its author much reputation, and that if Bart kept on, and did himself justice, he was certainly destined to high distinction.  It was kind, judicious, and all that was deserved, but it was not up to the popular estimate, and one remarked that “the Judge never did like him”; another, “that the Judge was afraid that Julia would take a liking to Bart, and he hoped she would”; and a third, “that Bart was good enough for her, but he never did care for girls, who were all after him.”

How freely the speech of the common people runs!

CHAPTER XXV.

THE WARNING.

Two or three things occurred during the Autumn which had some influence upon the fortunes of Barton.

Five or six days after the trial, he received a letter, postmarked Auburn, which read as follows: 

  “Beware of Greer. 
  Don’t listen to him. 
  Be careful of your associations.”

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