bluntly " You have heard, of course, the rumors
floating about, and knoAv hoAv they have affected
the market on the 'Last Hope? ' "
" Well, yes, I have heard some wild nonsense,"
he ansAvered, flirting his handkerchief from his
pocket, its perfume meeting small favor from
Banatyne's nostrils, for they gave a quick snort
like an angry steer, as he said: " It may be nonsense
for you, but it is damned hard sense for me."
Banatyne was getting angry, as he continued :
"You sold me that mine outright, taking my
money for it, and yesterday I bought nearly
every share that was offered, so that to-da}'
I stand loaded Avith about three-fourths of the
entire property, and my friends have the balance;
noAV comes the almost positive assurance that you
sold that Avhich Avas not yours to sell. In fact
that you stole the propert3' knoAvn as the ' Boss
Claim,' and hadn't any more right to a foot of that
mine than I had, consequently we have been
swindled—that's the plain English of it."
Lutner leaned back in the chair, and heard the
accusation without apparent surprise or agitation.
He surveyed Banatyne, coolly- He knew Avhy
he had been sent for, and he expected this expose.
He did not flinch at the Avords.
" Well, I Avouldn't be quite as credulous as you
are, Banatyne, for all the mines in California," he
said, in a tone that implied sympathy for Banatyne's
" So, you believe every thing you hear," he
added, in a pat-you-on-the-back tone, as he lolled
in 'nis chair and took a handsome gold cigar case