"Of course you don't," said the major, gently puffing away. "Help yourself, Frank."
"Not any more, thank you, uncle. And so, as the first preliminary step, I want you to tell me, if you have no objection, what sum Aunt Ann has put me down for."
"Can't recollect at all, Frank."
"But—don't you think this idea of mine a good one?—getting some well-established man to take me in on the strength of this money?" asked Frank, eagerly. "I cannot see any other chance of setting up."
"It's a capital idea," said the major, taking a draught of whisky-and-water.
"Well, then, Uncle Francis, I hope you will not object to tell me what the amount is."
"My boy, I'd tell you at once, if I knew it. I don't recollect it the least in the world."
"Not recollect it!" exclaimed Frank.
"Not in the least."