but one little man, with a black beard and glasses—a man somewhat of the type of Mr. Tim Healy—detached himself, and bustled forward with some papers in his hand.
"Comrade Gregory," he said, "I suppose this man is a delegate?"
Gregory, taken by surprise, looked down and muttered the name of Syme; but Syme replied almost pertly—
"I am glad to see that your gate is well enough guarded to make it hard for anyone to be here who was not a delegate."
The brow of the little man with the black beard was, however, still contracted with something like suspicion.
"What branch do you represent?" he asked sharply.
"I should hardly call it a branch," said Syme, laughing; "I should call it at the very least a root."
"What do you mean?"
"The fact is," said Syme serenely, "the truth is