286 " LADIES FIRST."
bless the girl; she kncAv ' Captain Jim ' v/otild not
In the meantime Dolores, Banatyne and Trick¬
sie had been discussing the situation. Banatyne's
opinion of Lutner Avas that he Avas a consummate
scoundrel, and that he should be punished.
Dolores pleaded for mercy for him, asking her
father to save him from punishm.ent if it was in his
poAver to do so. Tricksie said, simply, " We all
haA'e our faults," when Dougald rushed into the
room and announced that Kelvyn Avas doAvn
"I just hustled him," the boy dashed along. "When
I first Avent m his room he Avas so afraid some¬
thing had happened to Dolores he almost keeled
over, and I just kept him on the ragged edge for
a little Avhile, for his meanness in not coming up
before. When I tried o explain Avhat we Avanted
him for—not quite understanding myself Avhat it
Avas rdl about—he felt relieved, and the more mixed
I got the more he Avotild nod his head, as knoAv-
ing as an oavI, and say, ' I understand.' ' I half
suspected it.' 'I'mnotast nished,'so I suppose
he knows all about the matter."
" It'c seven o'clock now, and as Lutner ir booked
for eight, you had a'l better come right doAvn, see
our amateur detective, and improve this shining
hour," and he darted out and down the broad
stairs three steps at a time into the draAving-room
where Kelvyn Avas, determined not to miss one
word of this sure enough detective story.
Banatyne also hurried doAvn to see Prince
James, but Tricksie determined not to be in any