February 20.—The first thing that caught my eye on opening
the Standard was—“Great Failure of Stock and Share
Dealers! Mr. Job Cleanands absconded!” I handed it
to Carrie, and she replied: “Oh! perhaps it’s for Lupin’s
good. I never did think it a suitable situation for him.”
I thought the whole affair very shocking.
Lupin came down to breakfast, and seeing he looked painfully distressed,
I said: “We know the news, my dear boy, and feel very sorry for
you.” Lupin said: “How did you know? who told you?”
I handed him the Standard. He threw the paper down, and
said: “Oh I don’t care a button for that! I expected
that, but I did not expect this.” He then read a letter
from Frank Mutlar, announcing, in a cool manner, that Daisy Mutlar is
to be married next month to Murray Posh. I exclaimed, “Murray
Posh! Is not that the very man Frank had the impudence to bring
here last Tuesday week?” Lupin said: “Yes; the ‘Posh’s-three-shilling-hats’
We all then ate our breakfast in dead silence.
In fact, I could eat nothing. I was not only too worried, but
I cannot and will not eat cushion of bacon. If I cannot get streaky
bacon, I will do without anything.
When Lupin rose to go I noticed a malicious smile creep over his
face. I asked him what it meant. He replied: “Oh!
only a little consolation—still it is a consolation. I have
just remembered that, by my advice, Mr. Murray Posh has invested
£600 in Parachikka Chlorates!”