They knew how far to trust the clerks
with loans of money, doing their various commissions with absolute discretion; they pawned and took out of pawn, bought up bills when due, and lent money without interest, albeit no clerk
ever borrowed of them without returning a "gratification.
I joined them, and distinctly heard the lawyer's clerk
demand a ticket for the Blackwater station I satisfied myself that he had actually left by the train before I came away.
said the clerk
, who was very fond of soliloquizing.
It is not the business of a hotel reception clerk
to appear surprised at anything.
A shorter clerk
came behind the first, a taller clerk
behind the second, a stripling of a dozen years rising behind the third.
The government clerk
with the sausages begins to melt, but he, too, desires to express his sentiments, and as soon as ever he begins to express them, he begins to get hot and say nasty things, and again I'm obliged to trot out all my diplomatic talents.
I began to say that I hoped I was not interrupting - when the clerk
shoved this gentleman out with as little ceremony as I ever saw used, and tossing his fur cap out after him, left me alone.
The young clerk
twisted his head round in its vase of starch.
I'll take you to the room in which the articled clerk
No, your worship," returned the clerk
, "it is mine.
Just as in our country printing-offices the apprentice first learns how to sweep out and bring water; then learns to "roll"; then to sort "pi"; then to set type; and finally rounds and completes his education with job-work and press-work; so the landlord-apprentice serves as call-boy; then as under-waiter; then as a parlor waiter; then as head waiter, in which position he often has to make out all the bills; then as clerk
or cashier; then as portier.
IT is no part of mine to narrate the adventures of John Nicholson, which were many, but simply his more momentous misadventures, which were more than he desired, and, by human standards, more than he deserved; how he reached California, how he was rooked, and robbed, and beaten, and starved; how he was at last taken up by charitable folk, restored to some degree of self-complacency, and installed as a clerk
in a bank in San Francisco, it would take too long to tell; nor in these episodes were there any marks of the peculiar Nicholsonic destiny, for they were just such matters as befell some thousands of other young adventurers in the same days and places.