16 WINESBURG, 01110

Again and again the fathers of the boys had talked of the hands. “Keep your hands to your- self,” the saloon keeper had roared, dancing with fury in the schoolhouse yard.

Upon the veranda of his house by the ravine, i

Wing Biddlebaum continued to ivalk‘up"a'nd"d‘6tirn

until the sun had disappeared and the road Abe» ‘A

yond the field was lost in the grey shadows. Go- ing into his house he cut slices of bread and spread honey upon them. ‘When the rumble of the evening train that took away the express cars loaded with the day’s harvest of berries had passed and restored the silence of the summer night, he went again to walk upon the veranda. ln the darkness he could not see the hands and

they became quiet. Although he still hungerecli

for the presence of the boy, who was the medium through which he expressed his love of man, the hunger became again a part of hisgloneliness and his waiting. Lighting a lamp, Wing Biddlebaurn washed the few dishes soiled by his simple meal and, setting up a folding cot by the screen door that led to the porch, prepared to undress for the night. A few stray white bread crumbs lay on the cleanly "washed floor by the table; putting the lamp upon a low stool he began to pick up the crumbs, carrying them to his mouth one by one ‘with unbelievable rapidity. In the dense blotch

of light beneath the table, the kneeling figure