the hall,' he said at once, as though aware that no news could be so important as the news he thus conveyed.
'Have you indeed?' said Currie.
'Secured it for the fifteenth. Now the question is-----'
'What do you think,' said Glossop, interrupting him without the slightest hesitation. ' Mounser Green is going to Patagonia, in place of the poor Paragon.'
'I beg to congratulate Mr. Green with all my heart.'
'By George, I don't,' said the juvenile clerk. 'Fancy congratulating a fellow on going to Patagonia! It's what I call an awful sell* for everybody.'
'But as I was saying, I have the hall for the fifteenth.'
'You mean to lecture, then, after all?' said Green.
'Certainly I do; I am not going to be deterred from doing my duty because I am told there is a little danger. What I want to know is whether I can depend on having a staff of policemen.'
'Of course there will be police,' said Green.
'But I mean some extra strength. I don't mind for myself, but I should be so unhappy if there were anything of a commotion.' Then he was assured that the officers of the police force would look to that, and was assured also that Mounser Green and the other gentlemen in the room would certainly attend the lecture. 'I don't suppose I shall be gone by that time,' said Mounser Green in a melancholy tone of voice.
'I MUST GO'
' Rufford, March 5th.
'MY DEAR MISS TREFOIL,
'I am indeed sorry that I should have offended you by acceding to a suggestion which, I think I may say, originated with your mother. When she told me that her circumstances and yours were not in a pecuniary point of view so comfortable as they might be, I did feel that it was in my power to alleviate that trouble. The sum of money mentioned by my lawyer was certainly named by