S nature, bandit though he was. Ernest had never read the story of
Jekyll and Hyde, but he
felt instinctively that the man beside him had a double nature.
On the road he was an outlaw, with corresponding traits, a rough and
unscrupulous man, but at home
and in the presence of his
son, as Ernest judged, he was a warm-hearted and affectionate father. In
truth, the young bank
messenger looked forward with interest to a meeting with the boy who was
so dear to the heart of a man whom the world generally supposed to be a
stranger to the softer emotions.
At length they reached a rocky hillside.
Here the outlaw pulled up his horse and jumped
from the buggy. Ernest looked at him
in a questioning way. "You can get
out," he said. "We have arrived." Ernest alighted and looked about him.
He naturally expected to see a dwelling of some kind, but there was none
in sight. If it was at a distance, why should they not have driven to
it? James Fox looked at
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