She told us how the Senior Subaltern had married her when he was Home on leave eighteen months before; and she seemed to know all that we knew, and more too, of his people and his past life.
I shall never forget the indictment of the Senior Subaltern by his wife.
She stood up and sneered at the Senior Subaltern for a cur, and abused the Major and the Colonel and all the rest.
There was a hush, and the men looked into each other's eyes as the Senior Subaltern came forward in a dazed and dizzy way, and took the paper.
But the woman had fled through a door, and on the paper was written:--"This is to certify that I, The Worm, have paid in full my debts to the Senior Subaltern, and, further, that the Senior Subaltern is my debtor, by agreement on the 23d of February, as by the Mess attested, to the extent of one month's Captain's pay, in the lawful currency of the India Empire.
I think we were all, except the Colonel and the Senior Subaltern, a little disappointed that the scandal had come to nothing.
The "Shikarris" made him President of the Regimental Dramatic Club; and, when the Senior Subaltern paid up his debt, which he did at once, The Worm sank the money in scenery and dresses.
Every one knows how subalterns are, by brother subalterns, softened and not permitted to be ferocious.