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警察与赞美诗!  

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  警察与赞美诗!

【原作  欧 · 亨利】

 【文摄天下全文翻译】

【美国,欧 · 亨利  著名短篇小说】

 

 

          苏比躺在麦迪逊广场的那条长凳上,辗转反侧。每当雁群在夜空引吭高鸣,每当没有海豹皮大衣的女人跟丈夫亲热起来,每当苏比躺在街心公园长凳上辗转反侧,这时候,冬天就迫在眉睫了。

  一张枯叶飘落在苏比的膝头上,这是杰克·弗洛斯特的名片。杰克对麦迪逊广场的老住户很客气,每年光临之前,总要先打个招呼。他在十字街头把名片递给“露天公寓”的守门人“北风”,好让房客们有所准备。

  苏比明白,为了抵御寒冬,由他亲自出马组织一个单人财务委员会的时候到了。为此,他在长凳上辗转反侧,不能入寐。

  苏比的冬居计划并不过于奢求,他没打算去地中海游弋,也不想去晒南方令人昏昏欲睡的太阳,更没考虑到维苏威湾去漂流。他衷心企求的仅仅是去岛上度过三个月。整整三个月不愁食宿,伙伴们意气相投,再没有“北风”老儿和警察老爷来纠缠不清,在苏比看来,人生的乐趣也莫过于如此了。

  多年来,好客的布莱克威尔岛的监狱一直是他的冬季寓所。正如福气比他好的纽约人,每年冬天都要买票去棕榈滩和里维埃拉一样,苏比也不免要为一年一度的“冬狩”作些必要的安排。现在,时候到了。昨天晚上,他躺在古老的广场喷泉附近的长凳上,把三份星期天的厚报纸塞在上衣里,盖在脚踝和膝头上,但都没能够挡住寒气。这就使得苏比的脑海里,迅速而鲜明地浮现出岛上监狱的影子。他瞧不起慈善事业对地方穷人所作的布施。在苏比眼里,法律比救济仁慈得多。他可去的地方多的是,有市政府办的,有救济机关办的,在那些地方他都可以混吃混住。当然,生活不能算是奢侈。可是对苏比这样一个灵魂高傲的人来说,施舍的办法是不可取的。从慈善机构每得到一点点好处,钱固然不必花,却得付出精神上的屈辱来回报。正如恺撒对待布鲁图一样,凡事有利必有弊,要睡慈善单位的床铺,先得让人押去洗上一个澡;要吃他一块面包,还得先一五一十交代清楚个人的历史。因此,还是扮演法律的客人来得爽快。法律虽然铁面无私,照章办事,但至少没有那么多的不知趣,会去干涉一位大爷的私事。

  既然已经打定主意要去岛上,苏比立刻准备实现自己的计划。省事的办法倒也不少,最舒服的,莫过于在哪家豪华的餐馆里美美地吃上一顿,然后声明自己身无分文,这就可以悄悄地、安静地交到警察手里。其余的事,自有一位识相的办事人员来料理了。

  苏比离开长凳,踱出广场,穿过百老汇路和五马路汇合处的那条平坦的柏油路面,再拐回百老汇路,在一家灯火辉煌的餐馆门前停了下来,每天晚上,这里汇集着葡萄、蚕蛹和原生态的最佳食品。

  苏比对自己西服背心最低一颗纽扣以上的部分很有信心。他刮过脸,他的上装还算过得去,他那条干干净净的活结领带,是感恩节那天,一位教会里的女士送给他的。只要他能走到餐桌边不引人生疑,那就是胜券在握了。他露出的上半身,还不至于让侍者怀疑。一只烤野鸭,苏比寻思着,那就差不离了——再来一瓶夏白立酒,然后是一份卡门贝干酪,一小杯浓咖啡,再来一支雪茄烟。一块钱一支的那种也就凑合了。总数既不会大得让饭店柜上发狠报复,这顿美餐又能让他在去冬宫的旅途上,无牵无挂,心满意足。

  可是苏比刚迈进饭店的大门,侍者领班的目光就落到他的旧裤子和破皮鞋上。粗壮利落的手把他推了个转身,悄悄而迅速地把他打发到人行道上,那只险遭暗算的烤野鸭的命运,也因而得以摆脱。

  苏比离开了百老汇路。看来,靠骗吃、骗喝的方式,去那个日思夜想的避难岛是不成的了。要进地狱,还得想想别的办法。

  在六马路拐角上有一家铺子,灯光通明,陈设别致,大玻璃橱窗很惹人眼。苏比捡起块鹅卵石往那大玻璃上砸去。人们从拐角上跑来,领头的是个巡警。苏比站定不动,两手插在口袋里,对着铜纽扣直笑。

  “肇事的家伙在哪儿?”警察气急败坏地问。

  “你难道看不出我也许跟这事有点牵连吗?”苏比说,口气虽然带点嘲讽,却很友善,仿佛好运在等着他。

  在警察的脑子里,苏比连个旁证都算不上。砸橱窗的人没有谁会留下来和法律的差役打交道。他们总是一溜烟似地跑掉。警察看见半条街外有个人跑着去赶搭车子。他抽出警棍,去追那个倒霉的人。苏比心里窝火极了,他拖着步子离开这里。两次尝试,都失败了。

  街对面有家不怎么起眼的饭馆。它适合胃口大钱包小的吃客。它那儿的盘盏和氛围都显得粗气,它那儿的菜汤和餐巾都稀得透光。苏比挪动他那双暴露身份的皮鞋和泄露穷相的裤子,跨进饭馆时倒没遭到白眼。他在桌子旁坐下来,消受了一块牛排、一份煎饼、一份油炸糖圈,以及一份馅儿饼。吃完后他向侍者坦白:他无缘结识钱大爷,钱大爷也与他素昧平生。

  “手脚快当点,去请个警察来,”苏比说,“别让大爷久等了。”

  “用不着惊动警察老爷,”侍者说,嗓音油腻得像奶油蛋糕,眼睛红得像鸡尾酒里浸泡的樱桃,“喂,阿康!”

  两个侍者干净利落地把苏比往外一叉,正好让他左耳贴地,摔在坚硬的人行道上。他一节一节地撑了起来,像木匠在打开一把折尺,然后掸去衣服上的尘土。被捕仿佛只是一个彩色的梦。那个岛远在天边。两个门面之外一家药铺前就站着个警察,他光是笑了笑,沿着大街走开去了。

  苏比一直走过了五个街口,这才再次鼓起勇气去寻求被捕。这一回机会好极了,他还满以为十拿九稳,万无一失呢。一个衣着简朴,颇为讨人喜欢的年轻女子站在橱窗前面,兴味十足地盯着陈列的剃须缸与墨水台。而离店两码远处,就有一位彪形大汉——警察,表情严峻地靠在救火龙头上。

  苏比的计划是扮演一个下流的、讨厌的小流氓。他的对象文雅娴静,又有一位忠于职守的巡警近在咫尺,使他很有理由相信,警察那双可爱的手很快就会落到他身上,使他在岛上冬蛰的小安乐窝里吃喝不愁。

  苏比把教会女士送他的活结领带拉挺,把缩进袖口的衬衫袖子拉了出来,把帽子往后一推,歪得马上就要掉下来似的,向那女子挨将过去。他厚着脸皮把小流氓该干的那一套恶心勾当,一段一段表演下去。苏比把眼光斜扫过去,只见那警察在盯住他。年轻女人挪动了几步,又专心致志地看起剃须缸来。苏比跟了过去,大胆地挨到她的身边,把帽子举了一举,说:

  “啊哈,我说,贝蒂丽亚!你不是说要到我院子里去玩会儿吗?”

  警察还在盯着。那受人轻薄的女子只消将手指一招,苏比就等于进入安乐岛了。他想象中已经感到了巡捕房的舒适和温暖。年轻的女士转过脸来,伸出一只手,抓住苏比的袖子。

  “可不是吗,迈克,”她兴致勃勃地说,“不过你先得破费给我买杯啤酒。要不是那巡警老是盯着,我早就要跟你搭腔了。”

  那娘们像常春藤一样紧紧攀住苏比这棵橡树,苏比好不懊丧地在警察身边走了过去。看来他的自由是命中注定的了。

  一拐弯,他甩掉女伴撒腿就走。他一口气来到一个地方,一到晚上,最轻佻的灯光,最轻松的心灵,最轻率的盟誓,最轻快的歌剧,都在这里荟萃。身穿轻裘大氅的淑女、绅士们在寒冷的空气里兴高采烈地走动。苏比突然感到一阵恐惧,会不会有什么可怕的魔法镇住了他,使他永远也不会被捕呢?这个念头使他有点发慌,但是当他遇见一个警察大模大样在灯火通明的剧院门前巡逻时,他马上就捞起“扰乱治安”这根稻草来。

  苏比在人行道上扯直他那破锣似的嗓子,像醉鬼那样大声乱嚷。他又是跳,又是吼,又是骂,用尽了办法大吵大闹。

  警察让警棍打着旋,身子转过去背对苏比,向一个市民解释道:

  “这是个耶鲁大学的小子在庆祝胜利,他们跟哈德福学院赛球,请人家吃了鸭蛋。够吵的,可是不碍事。我们有指示,让他们只管闹去。”

  苏比怏怏地停止了白费气力的吵闹。难道就没有一个警察来抓他了吗?在他的幻想中。那岛已成为可望不可及的阿卡狄亚了。他扣好单薄的上衣,

以抵挡刺骨的寒风。

  他看见雪茄店里一个衣冠楚楚的人对着摇曳的火头在点烟。那人进店时,将一把绸伞靠在门边。苏比跨进店门,拿起绸伞,慢吞吞地退了出去。对火的人赶紧追出来。

  “我的伞。”他厉声说道。

  “噢,是吗?”苏比冷笑说;在小偷小摸的罪名上又加上侮辱这一条。“好,那你干吗不叫警察?不错,是我拿的。你的伞!你怎么不叫巡警?那边拐角上就有一个。”

  伞的主人放慢了脚步,苏比也放慢脚步。他有一种预感:他又一次背运了。那警察好奇地瞅着这两个人。

  “当然,”伞主人说,“嗯……是啊,你知道有时候会发生误会……我……要是这伞是你的,我希望你别见怪……我是今天早上在一家饭店里捡来的……要是你认出来这是你的,那么……我希望你别……”

  “当然是我的。”苏比恶狠狠地说。

  伞的前任主人退了下去。好警察急匆匆地,跑去搀扶一位穿晚礼服的金发高个儿女士过马路,免得她被在两条街以外驶来的电车撞着。

  苏比往东走,穿过一条因为翻修而高低不平的马路。他忿忿地把伞扔进一个坑里。他嘟嘟哝哝咒骂起那些头戴钢盔,手拿警棍的家伙来。因为他想落入法网,而他们偏偏认为他是一个永远不会犯错误的国王。

  最后,苏比来到通往东区的一条马路上,这儿灯光暗了下来,嘈杂声隐隐约约地传来。他顺着街往麦迪逊广场走去,因为,即使他的家仅仅是公园里的一条长凳,他仍然有着夜深知归的本能。

  可是,在一个异常幽静的地段,苏比停住了脚步。这里有一座古老的教堂,建筑古雅,不很规整,是有山墙的那种房子。柔和的灯光透过淡紫色花玻璃窗子映射出来,风琴师为了练熟星期天的赞美诗,在键盘上按来按去。动人的乐音飘进苏比的耳朵,吸引了他,把他胶着在螺旋形的铁栏杆上。

  明月悬在中天,光辉、静穆;车辆与行人都很稀少;檐下的冻雀,在睡梦中啁啾了几声——这境界一时之间使人想起乡村教堂边上的墓地。风琴师奏出的赞美诗使铁栏杆前的苏比听入了神,因为,当他在生活中有过母爱、玫瑰、雄心、朋友以及洁白无瑕的思想与衣领时,赞美诗对他来说是很熟悉的。

  这时,苏比敏感的心情和老教堂的潜移默化融合在一起,使他灵魂里突然发生了奇妙的变化。他猛然对他所落入的泥坑感到憎厌。那堕落的时光,低俗的欲望,心灰意懒,才能衰退,动机不良——这一切现在都构成了他的生活内容。

  一刹那间,新的意识如清泉一般涤荡着他。一股强烈迅速的冲动激励着他去向坎坷的命运奋斗。他要把自己拔出泥坑,他要重新做一个好样儿的人。他要征服那已经控制了他的罪恶。为时不晚,他还算年轻,他要重新振作当年的雄心壮志,坚定不移地把它实现。管风琴庄严而甜美的音调使他内心掀起了一场革命。明天,他要到熙熙攘攘的商业区去找事情干。有个皮货进口商人曾经让他去赶车。他明天就去找那商人,把这差事接下来。他要做一个循规正派的人。他要。。。。。。

  苏比觉得有一只手按在他的胳膊上。他霍地扭过头来,只见是警察的一张胖脸。

  “你在这儿干什么?”那警察问。

  “没干什么。”苏比回答。

  “那你跟我来。”那警察说。

        。。。。。。。。。。。。

  第二天早上,警察局法庭上的推事宣判道:“布莱克威尔岛,三个月。”

————————————————————————————

  ①杰克·弗洛斯特(jack frost):“霜冻”的拟人化称呼。

  ②布莱克韦尔岛(blackwell):在纽约东河上。岛上有监狱。

  ③棕榈滩(palm beach):美国佛罗里达州东南部城镇,冬令游憩胜地。

  ④里维埃拉(the riviera):南欧沿地中海一段地区,在法国的东南部和意大利的西北部,是假节日憩游胜地。

  ⑤恺撒(julius caesar):(100—44bc)罗马统帅、政治家,罗马的独裁者,被共和派贵族刺杀。布鲁图(brutus):(85—42bc)罗马贵族派政治家,刺杀恺撒的主谋,后逃希腊,集结军队对抗安东尼和屋大维联军,因战败自杀。

  ⑥作者诙谐的说法,指美酒、华丽衣物和上流人物。

  ⑦夏布利酒(chablis):原产于法国的Chablis地方的一种无甜味的白葡萄酒。

  ⑧卡门贝(carmembert)干酪(cheese):一种产于法国的软干酪。原为Fr.诺曼底一村庄,产此干酪而得名。

  ⑨指警察,因警察上衣的纽扣是黄铜制的。

  ⑩阿卡狄亚(Arcadia):原为古希腊一山区,现在伯罗奔尼撒半岛中部,以其居民过着田园牧歌式的淳朴生活而著称,现指“世外桃源”。        

 

The Cop And The Anthem !

                                               【 O henry 】 

 

                                               英文完全版
On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily. When wild goose honk high of nights, and when women without sealskin coats grow kind to their husbands, and when Soapy moves uneasily on his bench in the park, you may know that winter is near at hand.
A dead leaf fell in Soapy’s lap. That was Jack Frost’s card. Jack is kind to the regular denizens of Madison Square, and gives fair warning of his annual call. At the corners of four streets he hands his pasteboard to the North Wind, footman of the mansion of All Outdoors, so that the inhabitants thereof may make ready.
Soapy’s mind became cognisant of the fact that the time had come for him to resolve himself into a singular Committee of Ways and Means to provide against the coming rigour. And therefore he moved uneasily on his bench.
The hibernatorial ambitions of Soapy were not of the highest. In them were no considerations of Mediterranean cruises, of soporific Southern skies or drifting in the Vesuvian Bay. Three months on the Island was what his soul craved. Three months of assured board and bed and congenial company, safe from Boreas and bluecoats, seemed to Soapy the essence of things desirable.
For years the hospitable Blackwell’s had been his winter quarters. Just as his more fortunate fellow New Yorkers had bought their tickets to Palm Beach and the Riviera each winter, so Soapy had made his humble arrangements for his annual hegira to the Island. And now the time was come. On the previous night three Sabbath newspapers, distributed beneath his coat, about his ankles and over his lap, had failed to repulse the cold as he slept on his bench near the spurting fountain in the ancient square. So the Island loomed large and timely in Soapy’s mind. He scorned the provisions made in the name of charity for the city’s dependents. In Soapy’s opinion the Law was more benign than Philanthropy. There was an endless round of institutions, municipal and eleemosynary, on which he might set out and receive lodging and food accordant with the simple life. But to one of Soapy’s proud spirit the gifts of charity are encumbered. If not in coin you must pay in humiliation of spirit for every benefit received at the hands of philanthropy. As C?sar had his Brutus, every bed of charity must have its toll of a bath, every loaf of bread its compensation of a private and personal inquisition. Wherefore it is better to be a guest of the law, which though conducted by rules, does not meddle unduly with a gentleman’s private affairs.
Soapy, having decided to go to the Island, at once set about accomplishing his desire. There were many easy ways of doing this. The pleasantest was to dine luxuriously at some expensive restaurant; and then, after declaring insolvency, be handed over quietly and without uproar to a policeman. An accommodating magistrate would do the rest.
Soapy left his bench and strolled out of the square and across the level sea of asphalt, where Broadway and Fifth Avenue flow together. Up Broadway he turned, and halted at a glittering café, where are gathered together nightly the choicest products of the grape, the silkworm and the protoplasm.
Soapy had confidence in himself from the lowest button of his vest upward. He was shaven, and his coat was decent and his neat black, ready-tied four-in-hand had been presented to him by a lady missionary on Thanksgiving Day. If he could reach a table in the restaurant unsuspected, success would be his. The portion of him that would show above the table would raise no doubt in the waiter’s mind. A roasted mallard duck, thought Soapy, would be about the thing—with a bottle of Chablis, and then Camembert, a demi-tasse and a cigar. One dollar for the cigar would be enough. The total would not be so high as to call forth any supreme manifestation of revenge from the café management; and yet the meat would leave him filled and happy for the journey to his winter refuge.
But as Soapy set foot inside the restaurant door the head waiter’s eye fell upon his frayed trousers and decadent shoes. Strong and ready hands turned him about and conveyed him in silence and haste to the sidewalk and averted the ignoble fate of the menaced mallard.
Soapy turned off Broadway. It seemed that his route to the coveted island was not to be an epicurean one. Some other way of entering limbo must be thought of.
At a corner of Sixth Avenue electric lights and cunningly displayed wares behind plate-glass made a shop window conspicuous. Soapy took a cobble-stone and dashed it through the glass. People came running round the corner, a policeman in the lead. Soapy stood still, with his hands in his pockets, and smiled at the sight of brass buttons.
“Where’s the man that done that?” inquired the officer excitedly.
“Don’t you figure out that I might have had something to do with it?” said Soapy, not without sarcasm, but friendly, as one greets good fortune.
The policeman’s mind refused to accept Soapy even as a clue. Men who smash windows do not remain to parley with the law’s minions. They take to their heels. The policeman saw a man halfway down the block running to catch a car. With drawn club he joined in the pursuit. Soapy, with disgust in his heart, loafed along, twice unsuccessful.
On the opposite side of the street was a restaurant of no great pretensions. It catered to large appetites and modest purses. Its crockery and atmosphere were thick; its soup and napery thin. Into this place Soapy took his accusive shoes and tell-tale trousers without challenge. At a table he sat and consumed beefsteak, flap-jacks, doughnuts, and pie. And then to the waiter he betrayed the fact that the minutest coin and himself were strangers.
“Now, get busy and call a cop,” said Soapy. “And don’t keep a gentleman waiting.”
“No cop for youse,” said the waiter, with a voice like butter cakes and an eye like the cherry in a Manhattan cocktail. “Hey, Con!”
Neatly upon his left ear on the callous pavement two waiters pitched Soapy. He arose, joint by joint, as a carpenter’s rule opens, and beat the dust from his clothes. Arrest seemed but a rosy dream. The Island seemed very far away. A policeman who stood before a drug store two doors away laughed and walked down the street.
Five blocks Soapy travelled before his courage permitted him to woo capture again. This time the opportunity presented what he fatuously termed to himself a “cinch.” A young woman of a modest and pleasing guise was standing before a show window gazing with sprightly interest at its display of shaving mugs and inkstands, and two yards from the window a large policeman of severe demeanour leaned against a water-plug.
It was Soapy’s design to assume the r?le of the despicable and execrated “masher.” The refined and elegant appearance of his victim and the contiguity of the conscientious cop encouraged him to believe that he would soon feel the pleasant official clutch upon his arm that would ensure his winter quarters of the right little, tight little isle.
Soapy straightened the lady missionary’s ready-made tie, dragged his shrinking cuffs into the open, set his hat at a killing cant and sidled toward the young women. He made eyes at her, was taken with sudden coughs and “hems,” smiled, smirked, and went brazenly through the impudent and contemptible litany of the “masher.” With half an eye Soapy saw that the policeman was watching him fixedly. The young woman moved away a few steps, and again bestowed her absorbed attention upon the shaving mugs. Soapy followed, boldly stepping to her side, raised his hat and said:
“Ah there, Bedelia! Don’t you want to come and play in my yard?”
The policeman was still looking. The persecuted young woman had but to beckon a finger and Soapy would be practically en route for his insular haven. Already he imagined he could feel the cosy warmth of the station-house. The young woman faced him and, stretching out a hand, caught Soapy’s coat sleeve.
“Sure, Mike,” she said joyfully, “if you’ll blow me to a pail of suds. I’d have spoke to you sooner, but the cop was watching.”
With the young woman playing the clinging ivy to his oak Soapy walked past the policeman overcome with gloom. He seemed doomed to liberty.
At the next corner he shook off his companion and ran. He halted in the district where by night are found the lightest streets, hearts, vows, and librettos. Women in furs and men in greatcoats moved gaily in the wintry air. A sudden fear seized Soapy that some dreadful enchantment had rendered him immune to arrest. The thought brought a little of panic upon it, and when he came upon another policeman lounging grandly in front of a transplendent theatre he caught at the immediate straw of “disorderly conduct.”
On the sidewalk Soapy began to yell drunken gibberish at the top of his harsh voice. He danced, howled, raved, and otherwise disturbed the welkin.
The policeman twirled his club, turned his back to Soapy and remarked to a citizen:
“’Tis one of them Yale lads celebratin’ the goose egg they give to the Hartford College. Noisy; but no harm. We’ve instructions to lave them be.”
Disconsolate, Soapy ceased his unavailing racket. Would never a policeman lay hands on him? In his fancy the Island seemed an unattainable Arcadia. He buttoned his thin coat against the chilling wind.
In a cigar store he saw a well-dressed man lighting a cigar at a swinging light. His silk umbrella he had set by the door on entering. Soapy stepped inside, secured the umbrella and sauntered off with it slowly. The man at the cigar light followed hastily.
“My umbrella,” he said sternly.
“Oh, is it?” sneered Soapy, adding insult to petit larceny. “Well, why don’t you call a policeman? I took it. Your umbrella! Why don’t you call a cop? There stands one on the corner.”
The umbrella owner slowed his steps. Soapy did likewise, with a presentiment that luck would run against him. The policeman looked at the two curiously.
“Of course,” said the umbrella man—” that is—well, you know how these mistakes occur—I—if it’s your umbrella I hope you’ll excuse me—I picked it up this morning in a restaurant—If you recognise it as yours, why—I hope you’ll—”
“Of course it’s mine,” said Soapy viciously.
The ex-umbrella man retreated. The policeman hurried to assist a tall blonde in an opera cloak across the street in front of a street car that was approaching two blocks away.
Soapy walked eastward through a street damaged by improvements. He hurled the umbrella wrathfully into an excavation. He muttered against the men who wear helmets and carry clubs. Because he wanted to fall into their clutches, they seemed to regard him as a king who could do no wrong.
At length Soapy reached one of the avenues to the east where the glitter and turmoil was but faint. He set his face down this toward Madison Square, for the homing instinct survives even when the home is a park bench.
But on an unusually quiet corner Soapy came to a standstill. Here was an old church, quaint and rambling and gabled. Through one violet-stained window a soft light glowed, where, no doubt, the organist loitered over the keys, making sure of his mastery of the coming Sabbath anthem. For there drifted out to Soapy’s ears sweet music that caught and held him transfixed against the convolutions of the iron fence.
The moon was above, lustrous and serene; vehicles and pedestrains were few; sparrows twittered sleepily in the eaves—for a little while the scene might have been a country churchyard. And the anthem that the organist played cemented Soapy to the iron fence, for he had known it well in the days when his life contained such things as mothers and roses and ambitions and friends and immaculate thoughts and collars.
The conjunction of Soapy’s receptive state of mind and the influences about the old church wrought a sudden and wonderful change in his soul. He viewed with swift horror the pit into which he had tumbled, the degraded days, unworthy desires, dead hopes, wrecked faculties, and base motives that made up his existence.
And also in a moment his heart responded thrillingly to this novel mood. An instantaneous and strong impulse moved him to battle with his desperate fate. He would pull himself out of the mire; he would make a man of himself again; he would conquer the evil that had taken possession of him. There was time; he was comparatively young yet; he would resurrect his old eager ambitions and pursue them without faltering. Those solemn but sweet organ notes had set up a revolution in him. To-morrow he would go into the roaring down-town district and find work. A fur importer had once offered him a place as driver. He would find him to-morrow and ask for the position. He would be somebody in the world. He would—
Soapy felt a hand laid on his arm. He looked quickly round into the broad face of a policeman.
“What are you doin’ here?” asked the officer.
“Nothin’,” said Soapy.
“Then come along,” said the policeman.

............
“Three months on the Island,” said the Magistrate in the Police Court the next morning.

 

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  On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily, and when Soapy moves uneasily on his bench in the park, you may know that winter is near.
  A dead leaf fell in Soapy's lap. That was Jack Frost's card. Jack is kind to the regular residents of Madison Square, and gives them warning of his annual call.
  Soapy realized the fact that the time had come for him to provide against the coming winter. And therefore he moved uneasily on his bench.
  The winter ambitions of Soapy were not of the highest. In them there were no dreams of Mediterranean voyages, of blue Southern skies or the Vesuvian Bay. Three months on the Island was what his soul desired. Three months of assured board and bed and good company, safe from north winds and policemen, seemed to Soapy the most desirable thing.
  For years the hospitable Blackwell prison had been his winter refuge. Just as the more fortunate New Yorkers had bought their tickets to Palm Beach and the Riviera each winter, so Soapy had made his arrangements for his annual journey to the island. And now the time had come. On the night before three Sunday newspapers, put under his coat, about his feet and over his lap, had not helped him against the cold as he slept on his bench near the fountain in the old square. There were many institutions of charity in New York where he might receive lodging and food, but to Soapy's proud spirit the gifts of charity were undesirable. You must pay in humiliation of spirit for everything received at the hands of philanthropy. So it was better to be a guest of the law.
  Soapy, having decided to go to the Island, at once set about accomplishing his desire. There were many easy ways of doing this. The pleasantest was to dine at some good restaurant; and then, after declaring bankruptcy, be handed over to a policeman. A magistrate would do the rest.
  Soapy left his bench and went out of the square and up Broadway. He stopped at the door of a glittering cafe. He was shaven and his coat was decent. If he could reach a table in the restaurant, the portion of him that would show above the table would raise no doubt in the waiter's mind. A roasted duck, thought Soapy, with a bottle of wine, and then some cheese, a cup of coffee and a cigar would be enough. Such a dinner would make him happy, for the journey to his winter refuge.
  But as Soapy entered the restaurant door, the head waiter's eye fell upon his shabby trousers and old shoes. Strong hands turned him about and pushed him in silence and haste out into the street.
  Soapy turned off Broadway. Some other way of entering the desirable refuge must be found.
  At a corner of Sixth Avenue Soapy took a stone and sent it through the glass of a glittering shop window. People came running around the corner, a policeman at the head of them. Soapy stood still, with his hands in his pockets, and smiled at the sight of the policeman.
  "Where is the man that has done that?" asked the policeman.
  "Don't you think that I have had something to do with it?" said Soapy, not without sarcasm, but friendly.
  The policeman paid no attention to Soapy. Men who break windows do not remain to speak with policemen. They run away. He saw a man running to catch a car and rushed after him with his stick in his hand. Soapy, with disgust in his heart, walked along, twice unsuccessful.
  On the opposite side of the street was a little restaurant for people with large appetites and modest purses. Soapy entered this place without difficulty. He sat at a table and ate beefsteak and pie. And then he told the waiter that he had no money.
  "Now go and call a cop," said Soapy. "And don't keep a gentleman waiting."
  "No cop for you," said the waiter. "Hey!"
  In a moment Soapy found himself lying upon his left ear on the pavement. He arose with difficulty, and beat the dust from his clothes. Arrest seemed a rosy dream. The Island seemed very far away. A policeman who stood before a drug store two doors away laughed and walked down the street. Soapy seemed to liberty.
  After another unsuccessful attempt to be arrested for persecution a young woman, Soapy went further toward the district of theatres.
  When he came upon a policeman standing in front of a glittering theatre, he caught at the straw of "disorderly conduct."
  On the sidewalk Soapy began to sing drunken songs at the top of his voice. He danced, howled, and otherwise disturbed the peace.
  The policeman turned his back to Soapy, and said to a citizen:
  "It is one of the Yale lads celebrating their football victory over the Hartford College. Noisy, but no harm. We have instructions not to arrest them."
  Sadly, Soapy stopped his useless singing and dancing. A sudden fear seized him. Was he immune to arrest? Would never a policeman lay hands on him? The Island seemed an unattainable Arcadia. He buttoned his thin coat against the north wind.
  In a cigar store he saw a well-dressed man lighting a cigar. He had set his silk umbrella by the door, Soapy entered the store, took the umbrella, and went out with it slowly. The man with the cigar followed hastily.
  "My umbrella," he said.
  "Oh, is it?" said Soapy. "Well, why don't you call a policeman? I took it. Your umbrella! Why don't you call a cop? There stands one on the corner."
  The umbrella owner slowed his steps. Soapy did likewise. The policeman looked at them curiously.
  "Of course," said the umbrella man, "that is - well, you know how these mistakes occur - I - if it's your umbrella I hope you'll excuse me - I picked it up this morning in a restaurant - if it is yours, why - I hope you'll -"
  "Of course it's mine," said Soapy.
  The ex-umbrella man retreated. The policeman hurried to help a well-dressed woman across the street.
  Soapy walked eastward. He threw the umbrella angrily into a pit. He was angry with the men who wear helmets and carry clubs. Because he wanted to be arrested, they seemed to regard him as a king who could do no wrong.
  At last Soapy reached one of the avenues to the east where it was not so noisy. He went towards Madison Square, for the home instinct remains even when the home is a park bench.
  But on a quiet corner Soapy stopped before an old church. Through one window a soft light glowed, where, no doubt, the organist played a Sunday anthem. For there came to Soapy's ears sweet music that caught and held him at the iron fence.
  The moon was shining; cars and pedestrians were few; birds twittered sleepily under the roof. And the anthem that the organist played cemented Soapy to the iron fence, for he had known it well in the days when his life contained such things as mothers and roses and ambitions and friends.
  The influence of the music and the old church produced a sudden and wonderful change in Soapy's soul. He saw with horror the pit into which he had fallen. He thought of his degraded days, dead hopes and wrecked faculties.
  And also in a moment a strong impulse moved him to battle with his desperate fate. He would pull himself out of this pit; he would make a man of himself again. There was time; he was young yet. Those sweet organ notes had set up a revolution in him. Tomorrow he would be somebody in the world. He would -
  Soapy felt a hand on his arm. He looked quickly around into the broad face of a policeman.
  "What are you doing here?" asked the policeman.
  "Nothing," said Soapy.
  "Then come along," said the policeman.
  "Three months on the Island," said the Magistrate in the Police Court the next morning.

 

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