"What!" said Mr. Crewe, "I certainly got a telephone message."
"N--never telephone," said Mr. Braden.
"I certainly got a message from you," Mr. Crewe protested.
"Didn't say it was from me--didn't say so--did they--"
"Told Ball you wanted to have me see you, didn't you?"
Mr. Crewe, when he had unravelled this sentence, did not fancy the way it was put.
"I told Ball I was seeing everybody in Leith," he answered, "and that I had called on you, and you weren't at home. Ball inferred that you had a somewhat singular way of seeing people."
"You don't understand," was Mr. Braden's somewhat enigmatic reply.