Suddenly Max's hand shot out, resting upon Sothern's shoulder.
Now the little shop had been far distanced by the competition of Sothern and Lee.
"You made a certain offer to Charlie Madden," continued Sothern.
"They'd have killed him if it hadn't been for me," returned Sothern imperturbably.
The two men looked at each other intently, Drennen showing no surprise, Sothern experiencing none.
Sothern, looking now at the girl's face, saw it flush as though with pleasure.
His eyes, upon Max's face outlined by the fire, took no note of Sothern's.
Sothern looked at him strangely, both sensing and seeing the change in the man.
He took one swift step after Sothern, then stopped in an uneasy indecision.
She, too, went down upon her knees at Sothern's side, just opposite Drennen.