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Annoyed Him

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His coat was a trifle too long and his trousers an inch too wide at the kuee to be strictly and exuctlyfashionable; but, aside froin these nice discriininations, he was dressed according to the dictates of the fashion autocrats. We took the "L" together at Park place, and I noticed a puzzled expression, half amusement, half annoyance, on his face. At Thirty-third street he surrenderedü his seat;to an elderly woman aud stood in aisle in front of where I sat. It was evident that he was anxious to teil some one of the subjects on his mínd, so I was not surprised when he caught my eye and opened the conversatiou. "Just now, " he said, "as I was hurrying to the station, a man caught hold of my arm and stopped me. He was a respectabiè lookmg fellow, well clothed, and wore a grayish beard parted in the middle. " Tve beeu on a drank,' the man said to me. 'aud I am sobering np. I live in Hackeasack, and I want to get home. I haven 't a cent and want a quarter. ' '"I looked him over carefnlly, " continued my chance acquaintance, "concluded he was telling the truth and gave hiru the naouey As I hurried on, he shouted af ter me : ■' 'I ■ kiiew you were from tho west, and I knew you wouldgive me the money. They are white out there!' "Now, whac I want to know,"said my acquaintance, '"is how did he know I was from the west? It's trne. but how did he know it? Would you know it? Am I markedV Have I any tag on me to teil others that I am a westerner?" "None that I know of, " I assared him. "unless it be such little things as giving yourseat up to ladies. That generally indicates that a man is not a native New Yorker. " I got out at Fiftieth street and left him with the same quizzical expression as if the qnestion had been onlyhaLf


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