Any news I’ve missed?
How’s that? They’re shouting “War” already.
I told ’em to. That was the message I sent down. That shout gave you a thrill, didn’t it? Well, that was what I was after. If I don’t hold you down in your chair you’ll rush out to buy a copy, even though I should stand here all night, shouting in your ears that it’s a fake.
You are inflaming the people!
Exactly. There have been people unkind enough to assert that that was my business. What’s yours, Grosvenor?
What d’ye mean?
You’re livin’ in a crystal palace, Grosvenor. Don’t you go and forget that.
I’ve got to get back to the House, Mr. Grosvenor. I just came over to see if you had any—suggestions?
No. Only keep me posted. That’s all.
And remember, our honor as a nation is at stake.
They’re not forgetting our honor while I’m on the floor.
[Drawing MAYNARD aside as he is about to go out, and whispering.
Need any—ready money?
There were a half dozen brethren on the steps as I came out, who implied they were broke, and wouldn’t object to a loan.
[Taking a wallet from his pocket and handing it to Maynard, after he has made sure that Grosvenor and Pollen are not looking.
Here. Help the poor devils along.
Thanks. I will.
[PAGE enters right, with a card on a salver.