-Prosper; plain Ernest Saint-Prosper. I was a soldier. Now I'm an adventurer. There you have it all in a nut-shell."
The inn-keeper surveyed his guest's figure with undisguised admiration.
"Well, you look like a soldier," he remarked. "You are like one of those soldiers who came over from France to help us in the Revolution."
This tribute being silently accepted, the landlord grew voluble as his guest continued reserved.
"We have our own troubles with lords, too, right here in New York State," he said confidentially. "We have our land barons, descendants of the patroons and holders of thousands of acres. And we have our bolters, too, who are making a big stand against feudalism."
Thereupon he proceeded to present the subject in all its details to the soldier; how the tenants were protesting against the enforcement of what they now deemed unjust claims and were demanding the abolition of permanent leaseholds; how they openly resisted the collection of rents and had inaugurate