Favoral, under penalty of the law, to appear the next day, at one o'clock precisely, before the examining judge, Barban d'Avranchel, at his office in the Palace of Justice. The poor woman came near fainting. "What can this judge want with me? It ought to be forbidden to call a wife to testify against her husband," she said. "M. de Tregars will tell you what to answer, mamma," said Mlle. Gilberte.

The River Erdré runs northward of the city, and forms a beautiful feature, winding for many miles among cultivated fields and woodlands, through a country agreeably diversified with villas, to which the wealthier inhabitants retire during the summer months. The river resembles a lake for the greater part of its course, and is called the Barban.

"Because I wished the fact known to you of the money having been offered and refused." M. Barban d'Avranchel was quietly stroking his whiskers, once of a bright red, but now almost entirely white. "Is this an insinuation against the manager of the Mutual Credit?" he asked. Maxence looked straight at him; and, in a tone which affirmed precisely the reverse, "I accuse no one," he said.

M. de Tregars guided Maxence through the labyrinth of corridors of the building, until he came to a long gallery, at the entrance of which an usher was seated reading a newspaper. "M. Barban d'Avranchel?" inquired M. de Tregars. "He is in his office," replied the usher. "Please ask him if he would receive an important deposition in the Favoral case."