and Scrobby were of course being discussed. 'Is it true, Mr. Masters, that Scrobby is to be arrested?' asked Fred Botsey at once.
'Upon my word I can't say, Mr. Botsey; but if you tell me it is so I shan't cry my eyes out.'
'I thought you would have known.'
'A gentleman may know a thing, Mr. Botsey,' said the landlord, 'and not exactly choose to tell it.'
'I didn't suppose there was any secret,' said the brewer. As Mr. Masters made no further remark it was, of course, conceived that he knew all about it, and he was therefore treated with some increased deference. But there was on that night great triumph in the club as it was known as a fact that Goarly had withdrawn his claim, and that the American Senator had paid his money for nothing. It was moreover very generally believed that Goarly was going to turn evidence against Scrobby in reference to the poison.
THE silent system in regard to Mary was carried on in the attorney's house for a week, during which her sufferings were very great. From the first she made up her mind to oppose her stepmother's cruelty by sheer obstinacy. She had been told that she must be made to marry Mr. Twentyman, and the injustice of that threat had at once made her rebel against her stepmother's authority. She would never allow her stepmother to make her marry any one. She put herself into a state of general defiance, and said as little as was said to her. But her father's silence to her nearly broke her heart. On one or two occasions, as opportunity offered itself to her, she said little soft words to him in privacy. Then he would partly relent, would kiss her and bid her be a good girl, and would quickly hurry away from her. She could understand that he suffered as well as herself, and she perhaps got some consolation from the conviction. At