g sent to prison, and that this inconvenient ex- soldier should be caged up somewhere.
"I am going down to Esher for the week-end. I think I may be able to do something."
The rolling forehead and the emphatic chin became more aggressive.
"I don't like this delay. Now, can you assure me--?"
Beal glanced at the clock.
"I'm sorry; I am due at my hospital at half-past two. But, tell me, what do you mean--exactly--by delay?"
"Nothing is being done."
"It is better that nothing should be done. I presume you are suggesting some form of restraint?"
"Certainly; in my brother's interest."
Beal showed him eyes that were not blind.
"The interest lies all the other way. You'll excuse me; can my maid ring you up a taxi? Before I go, I may as well remind you I don't want your brother fussed or frightened."
Reginald Stretton remained on the hearthrug looking at the opposite wall for something he had meant to say and had forgotten, and Beal left him t