transaction, I have no resource but to throw myself upon your good feeling. I am quite unable to take the bills up; you have probably heard of our reverse of fortune; but I will give you my word of honour to do so as soon as——
"The bills are paid," cried Mr. Huddles, not allowing him to go on.
"Paid?" echoed Charley.
"Paid; both of them. Why—did you not know it?"
"No, that I did not. Who has paid them?"
"Some legal firm in London."
"The name was—let me see—Symmonds, I think. Yes, that was it: Symmonds and Son, solicitors."
Charley could only stare. He began to think Mr. Huddles was playing off a joke upon him; perhaps to turn round on him afterwards.
"I don't know any people of the name of