28 A FRISKY MATROX
would search carefully—trust me ' Let us drink to
The toast was received with enthusiasm.
' What charming names our friends have !' said
Yussuff to Estelle,
' Yes,' said she, ' and they are so Uke the real
mousquetaires. There is Athos, so refined, so calm,
so Uke an elder brother, but the greatest demon of
the lot when started. And Porthos, he is superb ;
what magnificent biceps !'
The word ' biceps ' struck on the ear of Porthos.
His back mechanically straightened, as he drew a
deep breath and puffed out his chest
• Porthos, come here, said Estelle.
Porthos drew his chair closer, and she made
several vain efforts to pinch the mighty muscles of
Yussuff had never seen a more magnificent limb.
A verj- little encouragement led Porthos to speak of
his athletic exploits. He was not only strong, but
also, it appeared, a wonderful jumper.
' Now,' said Yussuff, ' I will bet you a napoleon
that I beat you at jumping.'
' No, no,' said Estelle : ' you do not know what you
do ; he has beaten aU Paris.'
' Nevertheless, I stake my napoleon aU the same,'
' Ah,' said Porthos proudly, ' you are a stranger,
and do not know Paris, I will jump with you with
pleasure, but not for a wager—it would not be fair,'