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9. CHAPTER IX. HAROLD SITS IN A GAME. (continued)
"About two thousand dollars," was the reply, "which added to what I already hold, puts Mr. Compton in my debt some seven or eight thousand dollars."
Whereupon they all laughed.
"I suppose," remarked anther, "that it's a damn shame, but if we don't get it some one else will."
"Is he paying anything at all?" asked another.
"Oh, yes; he comes across with something now and then, but we'll probably have to carry the bulk of it until after the wedding."
"Well, I can't carry it forever," said the first speaker. "I'm not playing here for my health," and, rising, he too left the room. Going directly to the buffet, he found Bince, as he was quite sure that he would.
"Look here, old man," he said, "I hate to seem insistent, but, on the level, I've got to have some money."
"I've told you two or three times,"' replied Bince, "that I'd let you have it as soon as I could get it. I can't get you any now."
"If you haven't got it, Mason Compton has," retorted the creditor, "and if you don't come across I'll go to him and get it."
"You wouldn't do that, Harry?" he almost whimpered. "For God's sake, don't do that, and I'll try and see what I can do for you."
"Well," replied the other, "I don't want to be nasty, but I need some money badly."
"Give me a little longer," begged Bince, "and I'll see what I can do."
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