"You see, after all, Miss Jessel didn't mind. There was a time when Northerners who sympathized with the negro in his necessary struggle for better conditions sought to give him the suffrage as a protection to enforce its exercise against the prevailing sentiment of the South. Hard-headedness will not so easily excuse hardheartedness. Yet as he prowled in quest of that call, his senses, stultified only by his desire, would note keenly all that wounded or shamed them; his eyes, a ring of porter froth on a clothless table or a photograph of two soldiers standing to attention or a gaudy playbill; his ears, the drawling jargon of greeting: --Hello, Bertie, any good in your mind? --Is that you, pigeon? --Number ten.