Then he put them aside and gazed thoughtfully at the lid of the box, speckled with louse marks, and asked vaguely: --How much is the clock fast now? His mother straightened the battered alarm clock that was lying on its side in the middle of the mantelpiece until its dial showed a quarter to twelve and then laid it once more on its side. --Behave yourself! cried Heron, cutting at Stephen's legs with his cane. Ever since the evacuation of the island by the army of Spain, the Executive, with all practicable speed, has been assisting its people in the successive steps necessary to the establishment of a free and independent government prepared to assume and perform the obligations of international law which now rest upon the United States under the treaty of Paris. No, I treat you as your grandfather treated me when I was a young chap.