"Freeman will give you some new ideas" (from the "Book of Arguments," although Mr. Flint did not say so) "which have occurred to me might be distributed for editorial purposes next week. And, by the way, what have you done about that brilliant Mr. Coombes of the 'Johnstown Ray,' who says 'the Northeastern Railroads give us a pretty good government'?"
The Honourable Hilary shook his head.
"Too much zeal," he observed. "I guess he won't do it again."
For a while after that they talked of strictly legal matters, which the chief counsel produced in order out of his bag. But when these were finally disposed of, Mr. Flint led the conversation back to the Honourable Humphrey Crewe, who stood harmless--to be sure--like a bull on the track which it might be unwise to run over.
"He doesn't amount to a soap bubble in a gale," Mr. Flint declared contemptuously. "Sometimes I think we made a great mistake to notice him.
"We haven't noticed him," said Mr. Vane; "the newspapers have."
Mr. Flint brushed this distinction aside.
"That," he said irritably, "and letting Tooting go--"