telegram tells the truth Ave are all up the flume."
He reeled just a trifle but instantly recovered him¬
self " But it's all damned nonsense. It can't be
true. We don't scare at shadoAvs." And throw¬
ing himself more erect he struck his expanded
chest firmly Avith his clenched fist, saying: " It'll be
a bigger breaker than that to make me give up the
Dougald picked up the dispatch and read it
eagerly. He had just come in from the Ex¬
change where men were wild and riotous, as
mob laAv for the moment was supreme. He had
heard bold threats and he trembled for his
" What Avill you do, Pop ?" the boy asked,
drawing nearer to his father as if desirous of
shielding him irom danger.
" Do ? " snorted Banatyne. " Buy every share
I can get. You and Ed. go back to the Board
and tell my brokers not to pay any attention to
Avhat they hear, but to stand under the market.
We must do it," added the desperate man. "Might
as well be killed uoav for a sheep as a lamb."
At that moment Halstead bounded into the
room as if he had been shot out of a cannon:
" What in the name of the Lord is the matter
Avith the stock ? She's deader than unlit punk,"
and he flung himself across the desk as if suffering
a pain in that part of the anatomy that troubles a
" Only that complication about the title," cooly
explained nervy Banatyne. " The shorts Avouldn't
huve any capital if they didn't make it out of