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lawyer had refused to act for him
and he had procured another, a
t snarp tellow 01 more Drams than
"We're at the end, Mary," said
Blaine, despairingly. "We can't
get a judge to grant a stay. The
case is scheduled for next Tues
days and we're no answer to make.
,We'd better pack." "
That means a death sentence
to Aunt Sidonia," answered Mary
"By the way, did I tell you I've
got a new lawyer ?M asked Blaine
presently. "He used to be a part
nerof old Kirigall the man who
acted for Mr. Merritt so many
years. He wants us to attend a
conference-tjfeday before the
trial,. to be-heldin his offices. He
i seems to have a card up his sleeve.
I'll call for you on Monday -at
On Monday they had not even
begun to pack. Despairingly
they clung to the old place, so
soon tp be another's. If they were
forced out they meant to be rtfar
ried at once and move to BJainers
apartments on Ninth street. But
they could not bring themselves
to tell Miss Merritt,
- Blaine called for Mary and took
her to the lawyer's office in a cab.
Inhere they ittiet Hall with his at
'torney, and the five seated -themselves
around the table, Blaine's
lawyer, a lank New Englander
named Robertson, who spoke
with a nasal drawl and-fidgetted
unendingly with his papers, made
"We Joffer you," he said with
jfcantalizinfi: slowness studying
his papers intently, "five hundred
er no, one thousand dollars a
year rental upon the property."
Hall laughed derisivy. "And
how about the twenty thousand
due?" he asked.
"That isn't good in law, sir,"
"But it's .my house," laughed
Hall. "Well, anyway, I wouldn't
rent it for five thousand, arrears
or not. The fact is, I'm going to
have it redecorated and turn it
into a home for superannuated
old maids ofgood family."
"That's oing-a little far, Mr,
"It's my client's house," inter--rupted'the
opposing lawyer fierce
ly. "Now it's no good talking.
We 'came to this-conference asv a
matter of professional curiosity
on m part and Christian charity
jn my client's. Is that your of-fer-'-one
thousand a year?"
Robertson nodded. "We'll
give you that," he- said.
"Then the meeting is ended,"
cried rthe other. ''Mr.-Hall, we
are wasting time. Tomorrow
yoti'll have, your nouse again if
we have to bundle, the present oc
"HumlThatfsyour last word?"
"It is." '
"How about squatters' rights,
"What's that?" -.
"I find," -said Mr. Robertson,
fumbling with-his papers,:.-"tht
Miss Travers has occupied the
pretftises- unmolested for er
twenty years; four months, and
nineteen days. You are aware, of