Jgjbeating the master, had begun to kick him about éthe yard. To Adolph Nlyers was driven from the Pennsyl= ivania town in the night. With lanterns in their géishands a dozen men came to the door of the house gllwhere he lived alone and commanded that he dress Eipand come forth. It was raining and one of the ifmen had a rope in his hands. They had intended to hang the schoolmaster, but something in his figure, so small, white, and pitiful, touched their hearts and they let him escape. As he ran away i into the darkness they repented of their weakness and ran after him, sxvearing and throwing 511115 yand great balls of soft mud at the figure that screamed and ran faster and faster into the dark- ness.

For twenty years {Xdolph Myerslladliggd alone in Winesburg. He #52631? forty but looked sixty- five.” The name of Biddlebaum he got from a box of goods seen at a freight station as he hurried through an eastern Ohio town. He had an aunt in Winesburg, a black-toothed old woman who raised chickens, and with her he lived until she died. He had been ill for a year after the ex- perience in Pennsylvania, and after his recovery worked as a day laborer in the fields, going timidly about and striving to conceal his hands. Although he did not understand what had hap-

pened he felt that the hands must be to blame.