and that was, I think, just before the issue of the Proclamation

"Haven't seen much of you since you've be'n home, Austen," his father remarked as an opening.

and that was, I think, just before the issue of the Proclamation

"Your--legal business compels you to travel a great deal," answered Austen, turning from the window and smiling.

and that was, I think, just before the issue of the Proclamation

"Somewhat," said the Honourable Hilary, on whom this pleasantry was not lost. "You've be'n travelling on the lumber business, I take it."

and that was, I think, just before the issue of the Proclamation

"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.

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