276 " LADIES FIRST."
" SEND FOR ' CAPTAIN JIM.* "
Tricksie and Dolores had thought and talked
all day of Kelvyn until their nerves were on a
strain. First, they thought he had returned to
the mines without calling, and " He was as mean
as it is possible for a man to be;" "A cold un¬
sociable felloAV." Then another picture presented
itself: " Something horrible has happened to him ;
he has met Avith foul pla3'." " Yes, there are so
many reckless characters in San Francisco Avho
would kill a man for a tAvo-and-a-half gold piece."
The final conclusion Avas that he was sick. " Yes,"
said Dolores, " and all alone; not a soul to hand
him a drink of Avater," and her eyes m.oistened
as she thought: " Will my father never come ? "
Banat3'ne Avas a little late for dinner. His Avife
and daughter both felt confident that he Avas at
Kelvyn's sick bed.
" Do you think it Avould be wrong for me to go
and take care of Captain Jim in his illness?"
Dolores asked, plaintively.
" We Avill try to prevail upon him to come here
if he is able to be moved," had been Tricksie's
ansAver, feeling confident that sucli arrangement
Avould please Dolores, and, at the same time, giA'C
Tricksie an opportunity to try and soften his pre¬
judice tOAvards her, which she dou'Dl3^ desired uoav
that there Avas a possibility that Keh'yn might