"Never mind. You didn't. Nothing in your letter about it."
"It wasn't worth mentioning," replied Austen. "Tyner and the boys liked it pretty well, but I didn't think you'd be interested. It was a local affair."
"Not interested! Not worth mentioning!" exclaimed the Honourable Hilary, outraged to discover that his son was modestly deprecating an achievement instead of defending a crime. "Godfrey! murder ain't worth mentioning, I presume."
"Not when it isn't successful," said Austen. "If Blodgett had succeeded, I guess you'd have heard of it before you did."
"Do you mean to say this Blodgett tried to kill you?" demanded the Honourable Hilary.
"Yes," said his son, "and I've never understood why he didn't. He's a good deal better shot than I am."
The Honourable Hilary grunted, and sat down on a bucket and carefully prepared a piece of Honey Dew. He was surprised and agitated.
"Then why are you a fugitive from justice if you were acting in self- defence?" he inquired.