" LADIES FIRST. " 285
" I don't knoAv," he ansAvered, like a shamed school
boy Avho Avould like to hide his face Avith his arms.
" Been in the city almost a week," Avent on his
young tormentor, in a hurt tone, " and never came
near to knoAV whether people were living or
dead," he added, Avith a merry twinkle in his eye
as he noticed Kelvyn's troubled expression.
" Your sister is not sick, is she ? " asked Kelvyn,
a slight tremor in his voice.
" Did I say an3'body was sick ? " asked Dougald,
laughing at Kelvyn's concern.
" No, not exactly," returned Kelvyn, Avith a
feeble little smile " but you act as if it's a case of
life or death."
" Well, so it is, a very, very urgent case,"
returned Dougald, purposely prolonging the
" Why don't you tell a felloAV right out what the
trouble is?" demanded Kelvyn, not able longer to
conceal his anxiety.
" Wh3', that man Lutner------" began Dougald.
At the sound of the name Kelvyn's heart gave a
leap. "Has he dared to molest Dolores? " inter¬
rupted Kelvyn, grasping the car seat nervously.
" Well, it looks that wa3'- to me," went on Dou¬
gald, and the more he tried to explain the more
mist3' he became to himself and the clearer things
appeared to the listener. "At any rate," con¬
tinued Dougald, " the first thing my sister said
Avhen she heard Pop read that dispatch Avas ' Send
for Captain Jim,' so here you are," he concluded,
as they reached the house.
Kelvyn's heart beat fast and he thought: " God