Mr. Simp already owed his landlord fifteen months' rent, for which the only security was his diminishing effects.
If the mole-eyed concierge should suspect foul play with these, Simp would be turned out of doors immediately and the property confiscated.
Singly and in packages the collateral made its exit. A half-dozen regal chemises made to order at fifty francs apiece; a musical clock picked up at Genoa for twelve louis; a patent boot-jack and an ebony billiard cue; a Paduan violin; two statuettes of more fidelity than modesty, to be sold pound for pound at the current value of bronze; divers pipes--articles of which Mr. Simp had earned the title of connoisseur, by investing several hundred dollars annually--a gutta-percha self-adjusting dog-muzzle, the dog attached to which had been seized by H. M. Napoleon III. in lieu of taxes, etc., etc.
Everything passed out successfully except one pair of pantaloons which protruded from Freckle's vest, and that unfortunate perso
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