" LADIES FIRST." sSl
the table cloth, and her eyes gazing hard at her
lather's lips as he pronounced each word—
" leading a party of miners,"
Avent on Banatyne, reading,
" have taken possession, and hold the mine for rightful owner.
They swear that they helped to locate ' The Last Hope'three
years ago, calling it ' The Boss Claim.' "
Dolores took a quick breath, Kee dropped a glass
and smashed it; but the reading Avent right along:
" They say that any man who conveyed title in name of D. B.
Lutner is a forger, as it belongs to no man ; am afraid we are all
up the flume.
" That's hard luck," said Banatyne, folding the
dispatch and placing it in his vest pocket. " Up the
flume !" he said, repeating the last words of the
dispatch. " We'll see about that," he added in a
His daughter pushed her plate to one side and
arose from her unfinished dinner, Avhite as the
cloth that covered the table.
" Send for Captain Jim," she said, the Avords
almost inarticulate from the emotion she was
trying to conceal. " Send for him before you
see Lutner," she insisted.
Tricksie immediately concluded that Dolores,
although a very nervy girl, could bear the strain
no longer. Her great love for Kelvyn had finally
compelled her surrender, and that the girl
jumped at this excuse to bring her lover back;
and Tricksie Avas with her heart and soul.
Kee blurted out, in agitated English, Avhich, at
its best, Avas difficult to understand, " Bloss Claim,