28o ** LADIES FIRST.
have no title to the mine broke it all to pieces to¬
day," and he drained a good sized goblet of claret.
" He'll be up here this evening to make explana¬
tions," Avent on Banatyne, " I just want to get at
those ' shorts ' to-morrow," and he smacked his
Avine-moistened lips either at the anticipated pleas¬
ure in store for to-morroAv, Avhen he Avould anni¬
hilate the "shorts,' or the desire to get every
drop of Avhat he considered a good thing.
Dolores iuA^oluntarily flinched Avhen her father
announced that Lutner Avould be there that even¬
" It Avill not be necessary for me to see him,
Avill it?" she asked, showing dread of such a
" Suit yourself about that," Tricksie counseled,
noticing Dolores' lips groAving Aviiite.
" I Avotild rather not see him," Dolores said,
sadly, and her e3'es seemed to take a retrospective
vicAV of by-gone scenes.
" All right, we'll just go up stairs, and spend the
evening together," said Tricksie. " You can join
us, Dougald, if you promise to be a very good bo3-."
Just then Kee brought a d-spatch to Banatyne.
"Ah! here's noAvs," said the P. M., hurriedly,
tearing open the envelope. " Just Avhat I've been
Avaiting for," and he read aloud for the benefit of
" Sam Williams and Barney Ryan,"—
at the names of her old mining friends Dolores
started and listened to the further reading of that
dispatch with a palKd face, her hands clutching,