"Haven't seen much of you since you've be'n home, Austen," his father remarked as an opening.
"Your--legal business compels you to travel a great deal," answered Austen, turning from the window and smiling.
"Somewhat," said the Honourable Hilary, on whom this pleasantry was not lost. "You've be'n travelling on the lumber business, I take it."
"I know more about it than I did," his son admitted.
"Caught a good many fish, haven't you?"
Austen crossed the room and sat on the edge of the desk beside his father's chair.
"See here, Judge," he said, "what are you driving at? Out with it."
"When are you--going back West?" asked Mr. Vane.