dreaded his brother's anger, and who yet longed for some sympathetic
word, revealed to Jennie and her husband the plan Matt had laid, and
how signally it had failed.
"I told him, squire, I did for sure, to be plain and honest with
Davie. Davie was always a lile fellow, and he would have helped us out
of trouble. Oh, dear! oh, dear! that ¬£20,000 would just have put a'
"A straight line, lad, is always the shortest line in business and
morals, as well as in geometry; and I have aye found that to be true
in my dealings is to be wise. Lying serves no one but the devil, as
ever I made out."