Fragment: "What are you going to do with yourself this evening, Alfred?" said Mr. Royal to his companion, as they issued from his counting house in New Orleans. "Perhaps I ought to apologize for not calling you Mr. King , considering the shortness of our acquaintance; but your father and I were like brothers in our youth, and you resemble him so much, I can hardly realize that you are not he himself, and I still a young man.
It used to be a joke with us that we must be cousins, since he was a King and I was of the Royal family. So excuse me if I say to you, as I used to say to him. What are you going to do with yourself, Cousin Alfred?"
"I thank you for the friendly familiarity," rejoined the young man.