"That," he said irritably, "and letting Tooting go--"
The Honourable Hilary's eyes began to grow red. In former days Mr. Flint had not often questioned his judgment.
"There's one thing more I wanted to mention to you," said the chief counsel. "In past years I have frequently drawn your attention to that section of the act of consolidation which declares that rates and fares existing at the time of its passage shall not be increased."
"Well," said Mr. Flint, impatiently, "well, what of it?"
"Only this," replied the Honourable Hilary, "you disregarded my advice, and the rates on many things are higher than they were."
"Upon my word, Vane," said Mr. Flint, "I wish you'd chosen some other day to croak. What do you want me to do? Put all the rates back because this upstart politician Crewe is making a noise? Who's going to dig up that section?"
"Somebody has dug it up," said Mr. Vane:
"Speak out, man!" he cried. "What are you leading up to?"