The postmaster, his wife, the valet, and a peasant woman selling Torzhok embroidery came into the room offering their services.
The postmaster came in and began obsequiously to beg his excellency to wait only two hours, when, come what might, he would let his excellency have the courier horses.
I make bold to ask your excellency to move a little for this gentleman," said the postmaster, entering the room followed by another traveler, also detained for lack of horses.
The postmaster was a short man, and consequently a man with a proper idea of his own importance.
The captain was not a man to be daunted, even by a postmaster.
The postmaster was compelled to acknowledge that there could be no objection, provided nothing but a necessary line was added to the address, provided nobody touched the letter but himself, and provided the precious time of the post-office was not suffered to run to waste.
replied the postmaster, uncovering with respect, "a very worthy nobleman.
Only," continued the postmaster, "if you will put up with a little carriage I have, I will harness an old blind horse who has still his legs left, and peradventure will draw you to the house of M.
I had never heard the postmaster say anything but `Only papers, to-day,' or, `I've got a sackful of mail for ye,' until this afternoon.
The postmaster, going home, stopped to say that grandfather would bring the coroner back with him to spend the night.
The postmaster, who was also the village grocer, had a clear recollection of the telegram.
Well, surely his own wife ought to know where he is," said the postmaster testily.
They told how Abraham Lincoln, when he was postmaster
of New Salem, used to carry the letters in his coon- skin cap and deliver them at sight; how in 1822 the mails were carried on horseback and not in stages, so as to have the quickest possible service; and how the news of Madison's election was three weeks in reaching the people of Kentucky.
But the man, for purposes of robbery, had slain an entire family--the postmaster, his wife, and their three children, in the upstairs over the post office in the mountain village of Chisholm.
He was not in pursuit of the man who had slain the postmaster of Chisholm and his family.