Minister consulted a calendar which lay open before him.
He was the nephew of Sir Isaac; but, what was much more important at the moment, he was also the private secretary of the Prime
"There was a time," replied Athos, "when I occupied myself with the importance of prime
ministers, but I have formed, long ago, a resolution to treat no longer with any but the king."
Minister became the honoured friend of Viceroys, and Governors, and Lieutenant-Governors, and medical missionaries, and common missionaries, and hard-riding English officers who came to shoot in the State preserves, as well as of whole hosts of tourists who travelled up and down India in the cold weather, showing how things ought to be managed.
If I stay in Paris I cannot go to Rome; if I became pope I could not continue to be prime
minister; and it is only by continuing prime
minister that I can make Monsieur d'Artagnan a captain and Monsieur du Vallon a baron."
"Splendor of the universe," replied the Prime
Minister, "it is true these dogs of darkness have no longer their credentials, but all is not lost.
minister and the director-general of public instruction were present to introduce me; but all the court had been dismissed lest the two bottles aforesaid should corrupt their morals.
"No, sir," said the Prime
Minister, with the quick, decisive manner for which he was famous.
bullies and braves among the free trappers had each his circle of novices, from among the captain's band; mere greenhorns, men unused to Indian life; mangeurs de lard, or pork-eaters; as such new-comers are superciliously called by the veterans of the wilderness.
Those that would stand still of their own will were milked in the middle of the yard, where many of such better behaved ones stood waiting now--all prime
milchers, such as were seldom seen out of this valley, and not always within it; nourished by the succulent feed which the water-meads supplied at this prime
season of the year.
We had Jim out of the chains in no time, and when Aunt Polly and Uncle Silas and Aunt Sally found out how good he helped the doctor nurse Tom, they made a heap of fuss over him, and fixed him up prime
, and give him all he wanted to eat, and a good time, and nothing to do.
When that has been done, and I have become your royal highness's prime
minister, I shall be able to think of my own interests and yours."