yet -- the murmur went round from friend to friend -- "Sell your Bekwandos."
At midday there came an urgent message from Trent's bankers, and as he read it he cursed. It was short but eloquent.
"Dear Sir, -- We notice that your account to-day stands £119,000 overdrawn, against which we hold as collateral security shares in the Bekwando Land Company to the value of £150,000. As we have received certain very disquieting information concerning the value of these shares, we must ask you to adjust the account before closing hours to-day, or we shall be compelled to place the shares upon the market.
"Yours truly, "A. SINCLAIR, General Manager."
Trent tore the letter into atoms, but he never quailed. Telegraph and telephone worked his will, he saw all callers, a cigar in his mouth and flower in his buttonhole, perfectly at his ease, sanguine and confident. A few minutes before closing time he strolled into the bank, and no one noticed a great bead of perspiration which stood out upon his forehead. He made out a credit slip for £119,000, and, passing it across the counter with a roll of notes and cheques, asked for his shares.
They sent for the manager. Trent was ushered with much ceremony into his private room. The manager was flushed and nervous.
"I am afraid you must have misunderstood my note, Mr. Trent," he stammered. But Trent, remembering all that he had gone through to raise the money, stopped him short.
"This is not a friendly call, Mr. Sinclair," he said, "but simply a matter of business. I wish to clear
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Publication information: Book title: A Millionaire of Yesterday. Contributors: E. Phillips Oppenheim - Author. Publisher: Ward Lock. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1919. Page number: 239.
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