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intcrvioAved him. They had determined, for
Dolores' sake, sinee she Avished it, to be as lenient
Avith the scoundrel as was consistent with the
attitude he Avould assume.
After Tricksie had greeted Kelvyn most cor¬
dially, Banatyne said to her excitedly: "Why
the Avhole mine belongs to Dolores.!"
" Is it possible? Then I'm delighted " said his
Avife, showing as much pleasure as if she had
been the possessor of such unmistakable riches
"Yes; every inch of it," Kelvyn said.
" Why,noAV it's as plain as the nose on your face,"
was Banatyne's convincing contribution.
" By the way, hoAv is Miss Banatyne ?" asked
Kelvyn, trying to appear indifferent.
" Not very well," was the arch match-maker's
" Not well ?" repeated Kelvyn, with concern.
" All bosh," laughed Banatyne, with a toss of
his head, " she's only nervous for fear we'll punish
that step-father of hers."
" Isn't the owner of the great ' Last Hope' mine,
going to allow me one little peep at her ladyship ?"
asked Kelvyn, rather nervously.
" I'm afraid she's hardly able to come down,"
ansAvered his hostess, sadly ; " By the way, would
you mind coming upstairs. Captain Kelvyn ?" she
continued ; " remember, one of the eight Beati¬
tudes is ' To visit the sick;' and the sick, you
knoAV, are ahvays so glad to see their friends."
Kelvyn blessed Tricksie from the bottom of his
heart for that suggestion and did that Christian