They were too earnest to be always polite, and more than once the chairman
rapped and pounded for order.
Madam," said the Superb High Chairman
, "we have no objection to visitors if they will pledge themselves not to publish anything they hear.
The chairman sat in the centre of the line, and the vice-president at the right-hand end of it.
The chairman turned in disorder, and with a dazed stare saw Mr.
When the reader had finished, the chairman
thanked him and read some verses of the poet Ment sent him on the jubilee, and said a few words by way of thanks to the poet.
of the Charity, who, acting for his principal, felt bound to be conscientiously inquisitive as to the real circumstances of the applicant, that she had burst into tears outright and aloud, as a cornered woman will weep.
There was a chairman
to regulate the proceedings, and this functionary now took the case into his own hands.
By degrees, however, as some of it cleared away through the open door, an assemblage of heads, as confused as the noises that greeted the ear, might be made out; and as the eye grew more accustomed to the scene, the spectator gradually became aware of the presence of a numerous company, male and female, crowded round a long table: at the upper end of which, sat a chairman
with a hammer of office in his hand; while a professional gentleman with a bluish nose, and his face tied up for the benefit of a toothache, presided at a jingling piano in a remote corner.
There is the Chairman
, travelling three thousand miles per week.
felt it his imperative duty to demand of the honourable gentleman, whether he had used the expression which had just escaped him in a common sense.
I would move," said the secretary, Harraway, a vulture-faced old graybeard who sat near the chairman
, "that Brother McMurdo should wait until it is the good pleasure of the lodge to employ him.
You needn't act the chairman
here,' said his friend, half aside.