At four o'clock there was to be a meeting of the floor committee of the approaching ball, and Cornish remembered that he had been specially told to get a new bass string for the banjo. The Hon. Rupert Dalkyn had promised to come, but had vowed that he would not touch the banjo again unless it had new strings.
"Yes, a new song composed for the occasion 'The Maudlin Malgamite'; like to hear it?" "Well, I would rather wait. I think I hear a carriage at the door," said Cornish, hastily. Rupert Dalkyn had to be elected to the floor committee because he was Mrs. Courteville's brother, and Mrs. Courteville was the best chaperon in London.