THE UNKNOWN MR. KENT
thread of conversation that was being unwound across the wide, intervening space.
"It seems that Provarsk has arranged with the banker to get together a certain number of men to create a disturbance when the announce- ments are made. Provarsk thinks enough fuss can be raised to stop your conscription scheme. The banker doesn't want it to go as far as open revolt. Provarsk laughs. Says what if it does. Banker says that part is up to Provarsk. Pro- varsk hopes that the centre of unrest and objection being the capital, it will spread out into the coun- try. Says he knows your affairs are critical, and that if you are beaten in this, you'll either have to give up or try something else. Banker's men are to be posted around different spots in the Market Place. Provarsk wants to know how they are to act unitedly. Banker says he will get up close to the stand where the announcement is to be read, then, when he thinks time is right, will get up and give signal. That immediately a riot will start. Says all his men know one another by a red cockade in the left buttonhole. Provarsk wants to know if the banker followed his instruc- tions and confined his efforts to Marken, because he thinks concentration here is important. Banker says yes, all are to be at Market Place. Banker says had to pay men four dollars each in advance.
Wants Provarsk to pay him back. Provarsk