"Th-then s-s-sublime th-things c-c-cost d-dear," answered the goodman, as the banker warmly wrung his hand. "But this, my dear Grandet, if the president will excuse me, is a purely commercial matter, and needs a consummate business man. Your agent must be some one fully acquainted with the markets, with disbursements, rebates, interest calculations, and so forth.
"Wh-what did you say?" asked Laura when she could get her breath. "I said," said Billie, speaking very distinctly and enjoying the sensation she had caused, "that Aunt Beatrice left me a haunted house." "Th-then I wasn't dreaming," stammered Violet, while Laura just continued to stare. "Is th-that all, Billie?" "Isn't that enough?" asked Billie, just as her father had done a few hours before.
"Th-then I h-hold yer here till some one comes." "Eet vas not lofe; eet vas just to get avay." "I-I-I take ch-chances on that, l-little girl." Their lips met and clung; all unconsciously the free arm of the girl stole upward, clasping the man's broad shoulder.