He danced like a faun; he introduced manner and style and atmosphere; his words came trippingly upon his tongue, and--he waltzed twice in succession with the paper- box girl that Dempsey Donovan brought.
"The Cap'n 'd like to see ye a few minutes round to the office whin ye have time, Dempsey, me boy."
But there would be sundry gentlemen there with large gold fob chains and black cigars; and somebody would tell a funny story, and then Dempsey would go back and work half an hour with the sixpound dumbbells.
Dempsey Donovan was at his elbow instantly, talking rapidly.
Dempsey intercepted him in the middle of the floor.
O'Sullivan," said Dempsey. "I hope you're enjoying yourself.
Dempsey had, perhaps, ten pounds of weight to give away.
"As a rule," went on Dempsey, huskily sweet, "O'Sullivans in this district know one another.
Dempsey nodded at Andy and William McMahan, the secretary of the club, and walked rapidly toward a door at the rear of the hall.
So easily and smoothly had Dempsey and the board done their preliminary work that many in the hall had not noticed the checking of the fascinating O'Sullivan's social triumph.
"Gone to fight with Dempsey!" she said, breathlessly.
It gave way, and in the instant that she entered her eye caught the scene--the Board standing about with open watches; Dempsey Donovan in his shirt sleeves dancing, light-footed, with the wary grace of the modern pugilist, within easy reach of his adversary; Terry O'Sullivan standing with arms folded and a murderous look in his dark eyes.