Avorld." And he sank into a large office chair,
still holding the report from " my expert " in his
hand, for Banatyne, while his thoughts ran aAvay
Avith him, had unconsciously walked a great dis¬
tance although in a small space.
As he turned in his chair his office door opened.
" Hello, Flalstead," he said Avith a cheery, hos¬
pitable tone in his voice: " Walk right in if you
want to read a report on a regular pot boiler,"
offering for his friend's perusal the document that
he had just read.
" I suppose it'll make my eyes dance and see
stars for the rest of my natural life," replied Hal-
" Well, rather," returned Banatyne Avith a self-
assured air accompanied by a satisfied smile, Avhich
made Halstead's heart double its throbs, and his
pulse beat at a decidedly increased speed, for he
Avas one of Banatyne's most ardent folloAvers and
devoted friends, and he foresaAv in his pleased
expression that in the coming deal the daring
mine promoter intended to do himself full justice,
and Halstead Avas going to keep abreast of him
in the conflict.
" Oh, no, I guess not," remarked Haistead,
Avhich was a jolly contradiction of that which he
considered a positive fact, and he chose to empha¬
size it by the derisive use of the negative. " We'll
go in on a shoe string and come out Avith a tan
yard this time sure, eh, Roy, old boy ? " and he
slapped Banatyne on the back in true good fellow¬
" Read the report," Avas Banatyne's irrelevant