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" figures don't lie."
" Hello, Prince James, come right along if you
want to read a report that'll make your eyes dance
and see stars for the rest of your natural life," Avas
Halstead's abrupt change of subject. He had a
Avay of iuA'cnting names that he thought suited the
peculiarities of his friends. He called Kelvyn
" Prince James " on account of his faultless style
in dress and polished manners, Halstead himself
being somcAvhat inclined to carelessness in his own
" I haven't read the report myself. But I'll take
Ban's Avord for it," he added, rising from his chair.
" I have an engagement "—here he jerked out his
Avatch in a nervous hurry and cried, " By Jove, that
younglady'll think me as uncivilized as a Hotten¬
tot. I'm sure to be five minutes late. Can't help
it,'' and he rushed from the office.
" I suppose you'd like to be a Croesus inside of a
week," said Banatyne to the ncAV comer, a smile of
the most cordial Avelcome beaming upon his face.
" No objections," laconically answered the other,
as he walked up to his friend Banatyne, Avith the
air of one Avho knew that he Avas not an intruder
—and their hands met in Avarm and hearty grasp.
James Kelvyn's presence Avas always pleasing to
Banatyne. He was a manly young felloAv, not