" LADIES FIRST."
" I should say so ; ' Last Hope' selling for one
dollar and four bits," contributed Dougald.
" Thought it was up to ten dollars," said
" So it was this morning, but things sometimes
change quicker 'n chain lightning," answered
Banatyne, as if he enjoyed the joke : " If I don't
get some good news to-night we'll have to hurry
about those sunny rooms in the poor house, or
that shanty in Poverty Roav, for cither's likely to
be crowded," laughed Banatyne; then he con¬
tinued Avith a shade of impatience, " I left word
for that man Lutner------"
"Lutner?" interrupted his daughter, her eyes
opening wide v/ith surprise.
" Yes, do you know him ?" asked her father.
" Denhardt Lutner?" asked Dolores excitedly.
" Yes, that's the man," returned Banatyne.
" My step-father," said the girl briefly.
Banatyne arched his eyebrows and was deci¬
dedly surprised at the announcement. " Your
stepfather?" he repeated.
"At least that is the name of my step-father,"
explained his daughter.
" Has he anything to do with your mine, ' The
Last Hope ' ?" she asked anxiously.
" Well, rather," replied Banatyne. " He sold
me the property"
" He did ?" asked Dolores in an astonished tone.
" Yes," was the ansAver, " and now it's rumored,
and in fact I have a dispatch in my pocket to that
effect, that he sold that which was not his to sell.
In stock talk he sold short, and the report that I