THE UNKNOWN MR. KENT
For a time they stood and eyed each other, the one stalwart in developed strength, the other elderly, weak, and wise.
"I have placed myself at the king's disposal," Kent said, mollified. "And that is one of the reasons why we are here. We now seem to under- stand one another. His Majesty himself will tell you what has happened in Marken. He seeks a friend. He has come to you."
He turned to the king, as did the baron, and they seated themselves around a tête-à-tête table that stood conveniently in a corner of the room, where, without evasion, the king told the baron all that had taken place, observing his promise to Kent that nothing should be said of their private agreement.
"I have undertaken," explained the American, "to assist His Majesty in the difficulty, by advice, and, furthermore, I am in a position to command for him and if need arises will enlist substantial financial support in our enterprise."
His three auditors alike exposed their surprise and gratification.
" I mean it, " he declared. ' * Mean that I am go- ing to save, if possible, the Rhodes loan, though doubtless it may require additional resources. If they are needed they will be forthcoming. The financial side does not in the least disturb us,
therefore, and we have come to you because the