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307 > Page 307 of Law of Hemlock Mountain / by Hugh Lundsford ; frontispiece by Douglas Duer.

THE LAW OF HEMLOCK MOUNTAIN 307 time of her whelps." They recognized the faith that had commissioned her to speak as trustee, and to act with carte-blanche powers. Harrison and his subordinates were not susceptible men, easily swayed by a dramatic circumstance, so they cross-examined and heckled her with shrewd and tripping inquiries, until she reminded them that she had not come as a supplicant, but to lay before them terms, which they would, at their peril, decline to ac- cept. The realization was strong in them that she had spoken only the truth when she declared that she held the key. When they were convinced that she realized, in full, the strength of her position, they had no wish to antagonize longer. The group of financiers drew apart, but after a brief consultation Harrison came forward and offered his hand. "Mrs. Spurrier," he announced crisply, "we have gone too far to draw back. After all, I think you come rather as a rescue party than an attacker. Spur- rier, you have married a damned brilliant woman." Glory accepted the extended hand of peace, and Harrison, with a jerk of his head to the door, led his followers out, leaving them alone again. Then Glory held out her arms, and into the bright depths of her eyes flashed the old bewitching merri- ment. "Thar's a lavish of things I needs ter know, Jack," she said. "You've got to l'arn 'em all ter me." "I come now, not as teacher but as pupil, dear heart," he declared, "and I come hurabl-i."