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[p. 6] if the truth must be told, I had n't half a dollar in my pocket. Hungrier than ever, I wandered down Salem street, when Withington's bakery caught my eye. ‘They make things to eat, here,’ I said to myself, ‘and of course they sell them.’ A course of reasoning I subsequently found correct. I shall never forget that dinner, which I ate off the counter, while the girl in attendance watched me as if she expected I was going through the whole stock. Three doughnuts, half a dozen cookies, quarter of an apple pie, with a glass of milk. I have eaten dinners at Parker's, Young's, the Touraine, and the Waldorf-Astoria since then, but never one with a better appetite, or which went so directly to the spot. I remember it, too, for another reason. There was a third person present, who watched my gastronomic performances with evident astonishment and admiration. His floury appearance and white jacket showed him to be a baker, probably one of Mr. Withington's employees, and as soon as he opened his mouth I knew that he was an Irishman. As I wiped my mouth with my handkerchief after finishing my meal, he opened upon me. Our conversation ran something like this:—

‘Ye come out here from Boston?’

‘Yes.’

‘Wid a team?’

‘No.’

‘By the cars?’

‘No, on foot.’

‘Are ye lookina fur a job?’

‘No.’

‘Are ye a baker?’

‘No, I was never inside a bakeshop before.’

‘Well, then, if ye footed it out from Boston this hot day, and ye are n't a baker, and ye don't want a job, what the divil are ye here for, anyway?’

Whereupon I explained with considerable particularity my errand. He looked disgusted.

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