Act II shows William working in different places, and for short times, as is the fate of "jail-birds."
These are always for short times, and are debts bought by banks on the personal security of the names upon the notes.
The "depot battalion" was made up of sick men and those who had short times.
His main expense was travelling, which he indulged in at frequent intervals, but for short times only.
Since then I have been lecturing right along, except in some short times of sickness, and the hottest weather.