The moment was so prolonged that it would have taken but little more to make me doubt if even _I_ were in life. Sometimes, indeed, when I dropped into coarseness, I perhaps came across traces of little understandings between them by which one of them should keep me occupied while the other slipped away. Sure you won't? His father had told him, whatever he did, never to peach on a fellow. The progress of our settlements westward, supported as they are by a dense population, has constantly driven them back, with almost the total sacrifice of the lands which they have been compelled to abandon.