haste going, and Dolores also kept her seat.
Tricksie looked at the girl with astonishment as
she asked, "Aren't you going doAvn, dearest?"
" No ; you and Papa go doAvn and talk the mat¬
ter over Avith Captain Jim." she said coolly ; " He
can tell you more about it than I can. I haA'en't
been in Gold Gulch, you knoAv, for three years."
" Won't you please go down and see him?"
" I don't care to. " We didn't part friends,"
Dolores explained, her lips trembling, " and if I go
doAvn he Avill think I sent for him to make up,"
" That is nonsense, my child ; I'm sure the mine
Avas sufficient cause to justify the sending, besides
he may think your father sent for him," said her
stepmother, trying to console the troubled girl.
" Didn't you hear Dougald say that he told him
that I had sent for him? He will jump at the con¬
clusion that I Avanted to make friends or that I
have changed my opinion regarding a certain dis¬
cussion Ave had," said Dolores, with flushed cheeks
and tears just ready to come.
" And don't you want to be friends? Why, if
you had my emotional and energetic tempera¬
ment you Avould have met him at the threshold,"
said Mrs. Banantyne.
" Of course, I would like to be friends with him,
SAveetness, but not at the sacrifice of my opinions.
I can't humble myself to make the first advances,
because he is decidedly in the wrong," Avas Miss
" Why, Avhat has he done to make you so posi-
tiv?, Dolores," asked Mrs. Banantyne.
" Noav please don't ask me, SAveetness; it's a