llion votes out of nine million was to control an empire.
He replied evenly: "I keep control on any proposition I touch. That's creed with me. Creed."
"We split on that," answered Matheson.
"You want control for yourself?"
"Then what is it you do want?"
"I want half the Deferred Shares in the hands of Lord ----." He named a Canadian statesman and empire-builder whose integrity was beyond all suspicion. "I want him to hold them as trustee for the ordinary shareholders. He will consent if I ask him."
"No doubt he will!" commented Larssen ironically. He drew up his chair closer to the other man. There was a dangerous gleam in his eye as he said: "Now see here. All the points you've put up were known to you months ago. What's happened to make you switch at the last moment?"
He had put his finger on the very core of the matter, but Matheson met his searching gaze without flinching. "What's happened is an entirely private matter. I've reasons fo