'What a dreadfully conscientious fellow you are, Jack! But I know, Lord bless you!
'I really was going to say something of the kind, Jack; but you see, you, speaking of yourself, almost necessarily leave out much that I should have put in.
Jack turned, at this, to examine the Scarecrow critically, and his old friend slyly winked one painted eye at him.
"Well, as for that, my head is stuffed with pumpkin-seeds," declared Jack. "I use them for brains, and when they are fresh I am intellectual.
Then it struck him as a very funny thing for Jack to come to life, especially as the expression on his pumpkin face was so droll and comical it excited laughter on the instant.
"I hope you are not reflecting on my personal appearance," said Jack; and it was so funny to hear his grave voice, while his face continued to wear its jolly smile, that Tip again burst into a peal of laughter.
"John," she said, "something must be done to discourage Jack's tendency toward anything that may excite the cravings for the savage life which I fear he has inherited from you.
Then, more seriously, he continued: "You have never told Jack anything concerning my early life, nor have you permitted me to, and in this I think that you have made a mistake.
I'd ha'been glad to pison the beer myself," said the Jack
, "or put some rattling physic in it."
After that the leopards accepted Michael as they accepted Jack
. No love was lost on either side, nor were friendly overtures ever offered.
"And I raise you five thousand just to lend a hand at keeping Jack
out," MacDonald said, in turn.
admitted; "but, you see, in the case of theories one must build them brick by brick.