/Ei. 43] THE ' TIMES' AND SHERIDAN 221
blind. The next telegram meant business, and was in cypher:
'19th November, '88, Pueblo, Colo. 1 To Assert, London :
'Message yesterday intended to mislead operators and others. Have been with Sheridan three days. He will give whole history of Land Leagxte that will convict if 1 buy his two ranches and 3,000 sheep, price 25,0001. Beply Chicago, Monday, Mohawk.'
It must be confessed that Sheridan put a very high price on the value of his services—25,000^., which, no doubt, he regarded as a mere flyblow to the ' Times.'
The * Times * did not reply immediately.
On December 11 Mr. Kirby wanted money, and he wired to Mr. HoaweH :
* Chicago : llth Ikuunuber, '88.
* Cable two hundred poundH. Must return.1 Next day Mr, SoaiucK wired;
*12th December; London,
1 To Kirby, Mohawk, Chicago:
1 Court adjourns for five weeks. Come homo at one©. I must discuss matters personally with you. Money sent to Brown Brothers, New York. Eeply when sail—AssBRT.1
The next telegram is also from Mr, Soainos :
124 Dooombor, '88: London.
1 To Kirby, Chicago :
* Never allow draft to bo drawn on me. Cannot accept yours. Have cabled two hundred and fifty, Bank of Montreal When will you sail ?—ASSERT/
Kirby then returned to London, but set tfdt tor, in from Kirby to Mr, and an follows: