" LADIES FIRST. 275
" I think Ave've bought about sixty thousand
shares to-day; I have one hundred thousand,
including Lutner's shares, in the box ; that leaves
about forty thousand shares out."
" I don't think there is that much stock out,"
said Halstead. " I imagine we have more of the
pie than you think. Oh, Ave're in for it now, Roy.
as the terrier said to the rat."
" Perhaps you're right," returned Banatyne,
" Noav, if I can get some favorable news to-night
from the mine, and see that damned Lutner, and
clear up the title business------"
" We'll squeeze the shorts so to-morrow they'll
think their time's come, sure pop," interrupted
Here Banatyne took his watch from his pocket
and, looking at it in a meditative way, he con¬
tinued : " It's after Board hours. They may fume
and hoAvl, but we can't be called upon to pay for
to-day's purchases before two o'clock to-morrow^
—so let to-morrow take care of itself!" and he
closed his Avr.tch with a quick snap, then stroked
his beard, addinp-: " This looks like the smallest-
sized hole we ever had to squeeze through." In
an instant his meditative mood was cast adrift,
and his always hopeful, buoyant spirit Avas again
holding SAvay. " Pshaw ! " he said, " there's no
such word as fail Up the flume?" and he smiled
at the utter impossibility of such an event. " Oh \
no, I guess not," said Halstead Avith sanguine
assurance, and they Avent around the corner and
tapped a cold bottle for " The Last Hope."