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"If he sounds you about the money, say nobody knows much about it, except Mademoiselle Klosking. If you can get the matter so far, come and tell me. But be _you_ very reserved, for you are not clear."
Ashmead received these instructions meekly, and went into the _salle 'a manger_ and ordered dinner. Smith was there, and had evidently got some information from Karl, for he opened an easy conversation with Ashmead, and it ended in their dining together.
Smith played the open-handed country man to the life--stood champagne. Ashmead chattered, and seemed quite off his guard. Smith approached the subject cautiously. "Gamble here as much as ever?"
"Why, the ladies are the worst."
"No; are they now? Ah, that reminds me. I heard there was a lady in this very house won a pot o' money."
"I suppose she lost it all next day?"
"Well, not all, for she gave a thousand pounds to the poor."
"The dressmakers collared the rest?"