become a member of the family " I shall help to
nurse him so tenderly," she thought, " he Avill be
forced to give me a little bit of praise."
I)olores had not told any one about the engage¬
ment so suddenly made and so suddenly broken,
as she thought.
It Avas only fifteen minutes past the dinner
time, but the minutes seemed like hours, so anxious
Avere they to see Banatyne and learn if the object
of their solicitude was expected to live or die.
Soon the tired mine manipulator appeared, and
throAving his slouch hat down upon a gold gilt
satin upholstered chair, declared that he Avas as
" hungry as a wolf."
That he should be heartless enough to think of
the " inner man " before he spoke of the sick man
Avas a surprise and disappointment to the tAvo
thoroughly nerve-racked anxious women.
" Well, hoAV is Keh'yn ? Is he likely to get
Avell?" were Tricksie's anxious questions, and
Dolores was close at hand eagerly listening for
her father's answer.
" What are you talking about? " asked Banatyne,
as if he had never heard the name " Kelvyn" in all
" Isn't he sick ?" asked Tricksie, showing disap"
pointment, as she feared her hand did not after
all hold that trump card.
"Sick?" repeated Banatyne Avith provoking
absentmindedness ; "Sick ? " he emphasized again:
'■ Hoav do I knoAv ? "
"Haven't 3'ou been Avith him?" asked Tricksie,
shoAving impatient surprise.