We had written to say that we were coming, but had desired that nothing should be said to the children, so these paid no more attention to us than they would have done to any other stranger who happened to visit a spot so unfrequented except by sea-faring folk, which we plainly were not. The interest, however, in us was much quickened when it was discovered that we had got our pockets full of oranges and sweeties, to an extent greater than it had entered into their small imaginations to conceive as possible. At first we had great difficulty in making them come near us. They were like a lot of wild young colts, very inquisitive, but very coy and not to be cajoled easily. The children were nine in all 鈥?five boys and two girls belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Rollings, and two to Ernest. I never saw a finer lot of children than the young Rollingses 鈥?the boys were hardy, robust, fearless little fellows with eyes as clear as hawks; the elder girl was exquisitely pretty, but the younger one was a mere baby. I felt as I looked at them that if I had had children of my own I could have wished no better home for them, nor better companions. 鈥淏ut what can I do with you? My God! what can I do with you in this dreadful city?鈥? 鈥淲hy do you spoil a bit of sympathetic comprehension by that last remark?鈥?he asked. "So I say, 'Well, welcome to the fraternity of discount merchants. I'm sure you'll enjoy the conferenceand getting acquainted socially with everyone.' "As a result, we assembled the top ten officers of both companies in Bentonville for two days ofsoul-searching and thinking, and within three months we had created a P&G/Wal-Mart team to build awhole new kind of vendor-retailer relationship. 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